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Deaconess Rebecca D. Anderson, a beacon of light and love was born August 13, 1955, to the late J.C. and Ella Mae Dargan. On April 23, 2024, Rebecca entered eternal rest at Emory Hillandale Hospital Emergency Department in Lithonia, Georgia. In Darlington, South Carolina on October 26, 1973, Rebecca married the love of her life, Deacon Garnell Anderson, sharing over fifty golden years together. In 1997, they relocated to Northern California. There they nurtured and raised their three children. Rebecca, affectionately known as “Beck” grew up in Lamar, South Carolina, and was educated in the Darlington County School system including Lamar High School. Later she would become certified in Sterile Processing and enjoyed many years with Kaiser Permanente of California until retiring in 2007. Having accepted Christ as her Savior in 1973, she would later become a Deaconess in 1991, at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in California under the leadership of the late Rev. Ernest D. Dargan. Rebecca continued to grow spiritually, uniting with True Light Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Wardale Wright. She remained an active member until leaving California to embrace retirement in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Upon settling into her new community, Rebecca joined Crawfordville Baptist Church until she was led by the Lord to her final church home, Fairfield Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia in 2019, under the leadership of Rev. Melvin Brooks and now Rev. Dr. Eric George Vickers, Sr. Rebecca and her husband, Garnell, began their work on the Deacon and Deaconess Ministries. Rebecca diligently worked as a Deaconess until her earthly work was done. She assisted with baptismal coordination among other things. Rebecca was vigilant about doing work for the Lord. She was also an active member of Fairfield’s Veterans and Supporters Ministry. Rebecca loved socializing, watching her grandchildren sporting events, her "stories" among other T.V. shows and pairing her favorite butter pecan ice cream with plain Lay's chips; she loved attending church and having the kids over for the holidays. To her family and friends Rebecca was the glue that bonds us all together. Rebecca was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Robert L. Dargan, James L. Dargan, Henry Dargan, J.C. “Edward” Dargan Jr and Ernest Dargan; sisters, Phyllis Huggins and Fannie Lee Dargan; son, O’Donnell “Donnie” Fortune and granddaughter, Karima Dargan. Rebecca leaves to cherish her memories: her loving and devoted husband, Deacon Garnell Anderson; one son, Eldridge “Tony” (Vonda) Dargan of Lamar, South Carolina; two daughters, Ingrid McNeely of Douglasville, Georgia, and Summer (DeAndre) Whidby of Fairburn, Georgia; brothers, Daniel Dargan Sr. of Brooklyn, New York, David Dargan of Brooklyn, New York; sister, Mae Dargan-Willis of Lamar, South Carolina; grandchildren, Tony Dargan, Eldridge Dargan Jr., Keaira Dargan, Erick Dargan, Takari Dargan, Isaiah Dargan, Deiziana Dargan, Juwan McNeely, Airiana Dargan Tre’Juan McNeely, Jeremiah Dargan, Deviar Dargan; twelve great-grands, a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends. The family will receive relatives and friends at the home, 1655 Highway #527, Elliott. Wake services will be held 5:00 – 6:00 p. m., Monday, May 6, 2024 in the John Wesley Williams Sr. Memorial Chapel of Williams Funeral Home, Inc., 821 North Main Street, Sumter. The Remains will be placed in the church at 11:00 a. m. for viewing until time of service. Funeral services will be held 12:00 noon, Tuesday, May 7, 2024 at Mt. Pleasant AME Church, 1800 Vista Road, Elliott, with the Rev. Eric Ramsey, Pastor, Eulogist. The procession will leave the home at 10:20 a. m. Burial will be in the Mt. Pleasant AME Church Yard Cemetery.

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