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On Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, God in His Almighty powers called home for eternal rest our beloved, Deaconess Evelyn J. Anderson, 87. She slipped into a blissful sleep and entered into the “Land of Glory” at Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center. Her life’s journey began on Nov. 4, 1929, 17th of 20 children born to the late Mary and Joseph Jones, of Barhamsville, Va.
Evelyn was a dedicated member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church. She was very active in her church. She was the oldest deaconess of the church and the oldest member of the Senior Choir. She was also a member of the Missionary Ministry, Women’s Fellowship, Sunday School, charter member of the Mt. Olive Day Committee, past member of the Pastor Search Committee and the pastor’s aide. She also attended Bible Study and served her church in other various ministries. She was a member of the Star of East Association, the Order of Eastern Star and the New Kent Civic League.
Evelyn was united in holy matrimony with the late Norman D. Anderson Sr. This union was blessed with 63 years of happiness and five wonderful children. She retired from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, with many years of service and she was employed by Eastern State Hospital.
She was such a joy and inspiration to everyone. Her love for her family was apparent to all who knew her. She had a group of “special girlfriends,” who she held close to her heart. She loved all of them dearly because they would always come by and take her out to eat or shopping. Mother was a very engaging, happy, laughing, helpful and empathetic person. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her, but we find comfort in knowing she is now at peace and resting in the arms of Jesus. Smile on dear one, we will always carry the memories of you close within our hearts.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Norman D. Anderson Jr. She leaves to cherish her blessed memories her daughters, Regina Anderson and Janice Holliday, and her husband, Freddie, whom she had a very special bond with the both of them; sons, Carlton Anderson (Peggy), Julius El (Francine) and Ricardo El; only sister, Gladys J. Morris; sisters-in-law, Carla Bailey (Barrington), Ruby Jones, Inez Jones and Barbara Campbell; her loving grandchildren, James C. Anderson Jr., Rashard Anderson, Joseph El, Gabriel El, India El, Kahlia El and Carlette Overby Lee, Samuel Ashe and Barrington Bailey II; 12 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; her nieces and nephews, who loved her unconditionally; and a host of caring friends.
A funeral service, celebrating the life she lived will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at Mt. Olive Baptist Church with the Rev. Douglas E. Smith officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Family and friends will assemble at the church by 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. Per Mrs. Anderson’s request, there a viewing was not held.