Anne Harris Anderson
Anne Harris Anderson died May 3, 2014, at Decatur Morgan Hospital in Decatur. She was born September 2, 1920, in Gallatin, Tennessee, to James Overton Harris and Joyce Leath Harris.
Growing up, she attended church at East Main Church of Christ, Gallatin, Tennessee, her family established on the pew directly behind the family of her future beloved husband, Forrest Freeman Anderson, and where she was baptized a Christian at the age of 14. She began dating Forrest while at Gallatin High School and they were later married in a full military service under crossed sabers on the afternoon of June 27, 1944, at Freeman Field, Seymour, Indiana, where Forrest had received his wings as a pilot of heavy bombers that same morning.
After his service in England as a pilot after World War II, she and her husband returned to school at Vanderbilt University where Anne also worked as secretary to the Dean of the School of Nursing. After working as a graduate Civil Engineer in Nashville, Forrest came with Anne and Forrest Jr. to Decatur, May 1, 1953, where Forrest had been offered a new position with a local steel company.
She attended the Grant Street Church of Christ the past 61 years, though not with the regularity she wished more recently due to reduced measure of health. For so many years, with love and affection, she knitted baby booties for expectant mothers in her church and within her circle of friends from a pattern she initially used for her own children. She was a past member of Junior League of Decatur, a member of Stephens Chapter of the DAR in Decatur, and an associate member of Colonel Jethro Sumner Chapter of DAR in Gallatin, Tennessee. She was devoted to her husband, to her family, her friends and her community and her Christian faith was visible in all her interactions with others throughout her life. Her sons could not have wished for a more perfect Mother.
Anne was preceded in death by her parents and her husband. She is survived by sons, Forrest Freeman Anderson Jr. and Howard (Patty) Harris Anderson, all of Decatur.
Visitation with the family in Decatur will be held at Grant Street Church of Christ, from 10 a.m. until noon today, May 7, 2014, with graveside services at 4 p.m. at Gallatin City Cemetery, Gallatin, Tennessee, with Michael L. King officiating. Following the graveside service there will be opportunity for visitation with the family at Anne's Gallatin home. Berryhill Funeral Home is assisting the family.
The family requests that memorials be made to Grant Street Church of Christ, 240 Grant Street SE, Decatur, AL 35601.
Berryhill Funeral Home - Huntsville
2305 Memorial Parkway NW Huntsville, AL 35810
Published in the Decatur Daily from May 6 to May 7, 2014