Mrs. Jessie Maude Pettaway was born in Disputanta, Virginia on November 22, 1921 to the late Hugh and Rebecca Pettaway. She passed away October 7, 2013 at the Adelphi House in Adelphi, Maryland where she has resided the past eight years.
Mrs. Anderson was educated through the Prince George Public Schools System and later moved to Petersburg, Virginia where she met and married the late George (Tosie) Anderson, and to this union were born six children. Mrs. Anderson was among the first Licensed Practical Nursing Class of Petersburg General Hospital; and served as chaplain for her class. After a brief career there, she accepted a position at Central State Hospital where she worked and advanced until retirement. She enjoyed her retirement years by serving God in her church and spending time with her children.
While in Petersburg, she was a devoted member of the Shiloh Seventh-day Adventist Church where she faithfully served as head Deaconess, one of the Counselors of the Pathfinder Club and Primary Sabbath School Teacher. In her role of Community Service Leader, she and other church members diligently collected food and clothing to distribute to the less fortunate of the city. Jessie’s health declined in later years, and she moved to live with her children in Indiana, Virginia and Maryland. She leaves to treasure her loving memory: children Yvonne E. Simmons of Clinton, Maryland; Francyne Anderson Sawyer (Andy) of Forestville, Maryland; George (Ricky) Anderson (Sandra) of Chesapeake, Virginia; Fay Burrs (Damien) of Largo, Maryland; Kwabena Agyeman of Petersburg, Virginia and Karl Anderson (Deirdre) of Woodbridge, Virginia; brother-in-law Herbert Anderson (Obena) of Sutherland, Virginia and sister-in-law Helen Anderson of Petersburg; grandchildren: Shermaine Hall (Torrey), Robert Humphrey III, (Wendy), Yasmine Toye, (Richard), Jamar Burrs, DeAnna Burrs, Saran Anderson, Aki Sawyer, Shaun Hurd-Campbell, Zaniya Sample-Anderson and Quincy Anderson; her great-grandchildren are: Robert Humphrey IV, DeVonte Humphrey, and Halley Anderson. She was blessed with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friends. She will also be lovingly remembered by a host of dedicated friends and prayer partners who were a part of her daily life.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday October 14, 2013 at 12:00 Noon at the Shiloh Seventh Day Adventist Church, 310 West South Boulevard, Petersburg, Virginia, with the pastor, Rev. George K. Howard, officiating, and the Rev. Dr. Herbert Anderson, brother-in-law, eulogizing. Burial will follow at the Wilkerson Memorial Cemetery, Petersburg. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Joseph M. Johnson & Son Funeral Home, 530 South Sycamore Street, Petersburg. (804) 863-4411 www.johnsonservices.us