Ashlee Jonathan Anderson
February 2, 1973 ~ July 4, 2014
Ashlee Jonathan Anderson, 41, died Friday, July 4, 2014, at his home in Waveland. He was born on February 2, 1973, at Memorial Hospital in Gulfport.
Mr. Anderson was preceded in death by his grandfather, Frank E. Pike, his grandmother, Rosemary Lee Pike, his cousin, Mark Powell, and his father, Roger W. Anderson.
Ashlee is survived by his wife, Shannon Anderson, Waveland, his step-son Keith Hopkins , his mother, Pamela Pike Carrubba, and step-father, John J. Carrubba, aunt, Karen Smitherman and uncle, Walter 'Tree' Smitherman of Birmingham, AL and aunt, Ellis Anne Smith of Hattiesburg, MS, his cousins, Jake Smith, Luke Smith, Kris Smith, and Kurt Smith all of Hattiesburg, and Dr. Suzanne Smitherman Jones (Greg M. Jones), her children, Whittaker and Elise, and Steven Smitherman of Birmingham, and Bettye Jo Powell and Jeffery Powell of Henderson, TN.
Ashlee attended elementary and middle school in Long Beach and Bay Saint Louis, where he participated in baseball and basketball. He played Little League and Babe Ruth baseball in Long Beach. He was an assistant coach and sponsor for Special Olympics.
Ashlee attended Clarksville, TN Presbyterian High School where he lettered in baseball. He graduated from Victory Baptist Academy in Hattiesburg in 1991. He attended the University of Central Arkansas.
Mr. Anderson was an avid University of Florida fan and saltwater fisherman. Until recently, he could be seen on the local piers and seawall almost daily. He enjoyed working with special needs children.
Ashlee has been a diabetic since 1983 and became disabled when his leg was amputated in 2011. He learned to walk all over again with lessons and practice from recreation therapist and friend, Frank Lestrade and specially built prosthetics, including a 'water leg', thanks to friend Kurt Patton and his associates. He chose to help others learn to live with their disability.
Ashlee learned first-hand the trials, tribulation, and pain associated being a new amputee. While still working with Frank, they co-founded the first Amputee Support Group in Mississippi.
In the spring of 2014, he was diagnosed with kidney disease and started dialysis treatments.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations be made to the Ashlee Jonathan Anderson Memorial Account at any Branch of Hancock Bank.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Monday, July 14, 2014, at 12'Noon at RIEMANN FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 19130 Commission Road in Long Beach, where friends may visit one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Gulf Pines Cemetery in Long Beach.
Tributes may be offered at www.riemannfamily.com.
Riemann Family Funeral Home
19130 Commission Road Long Beach, MS 39560
Published in The Sun Herald on July 12, 2014