COLUMBIA, S.C. - A memorial service for Dayton Anderson, 92, will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, November 18, 2013, at First Baptist Church, Boyce Chapel. The family will receive friends from 1:30 until 2 p.m. at the church. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel is assisting the family.
Mr. Anderson went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, November 14, 2013. Born in Nevils, Ga., he was the son of the late John Lawson Anderson and Ida Jane Nesmith.
He served in World War II
5th Air Force, 380 Group- 530th Squadron Heavy B-24's Bomber Outfit in the Western Pacific for over 2 years. The squadron earned decorations and citation and Dayton was awarded a good conduct medal, Asiatic-Asian Pacific Survivor Medal with one Silver Star and three bronze stars
. Three days before landing at Okinawa, the first atomic bomb was dropped and soon the war was over.
After serving his country he went to work at Sears Roebuck retiring in 1986 after serving 32 years as Division Manager. He was a long time member of First Baptist Church of Columbia where he served as a deacon, a chairman of the mission committee, and most recently a member of the Jordan Men's SS Class. In 2012 he was chosen as an Honorary Life Deacon. He helped with the Christmas Pageant and the 4th of July Celebration of Liberty for 22 years as part of the Maintenance Volunteer Ministry. In appreciation for his long standing service with the Maintenance Volunteer Ministry First Baptist established an Endowment for the perpetuation and enhancement of the Ministry which was named the Dayton Anderson volunteer fund.
Surviving are his son David (Suzette) Anderson; daughter, Faye (Jim) Brodeur; son-in-law, Barry Molik, all of Columbia; five grandchildren; two great grandchildren; brothers, Quinton (Deserita) Anderson of Statesboro, Ga., Talmadge (Blanche)Anderson of Savannah, Ga.; and sisters, Hazel Stanley and Vivian Mobley both of Savannah, Ga., as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife of 64 years, Eunice Miller Anderson, his daughter Gayle Anderson Molik; and three brothers and three sisters.
The family would like to thank his wonderful caregivers: Tammy Smith, Brittany Maaza, the staff of Palmetto Health Hospice and the staff of Home Care Solutions.
Donations in his honor may be made to the Dayton Anderson volunteer fund at First Baptist Church, 1306 Hampton, Columbia SC 29201.
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Statesboro Herald, November 17, 2013
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