Arthur Griffith Anderson of Macon, aged 97, died August 18, 2014. He was born in Ayersville in Stephens County, Georgia on August 15, 1917, and was the oldest son of Lydia Ayers Anderson and Ezekiel Mack Anderson.
He grew up in Mt. Airy, Georgia, after which he lived in Swainsboro, GA and in Greenville, SC, where he worked at the Judson Mills. During WWII he served in the Army Coastal Artillery at Camp Hayden on the Puget Sound, Washington, and then in Europe.
After the war, when he was working for Tom's Candies he was introduced to Lucy Ellen Chapman. They married in 1947 and made their home in Macon. Arthur was a master carpenter and worked in the building industry. He also was an avid NASCAR fan who attended the last Daytona race on the beach and the first race at the super speedway. He loved to garden and was especially proud of his Yoshino cherry trees.
After he retired in 1984, he and Lucy served as volunteers for the American Cancer Society and the Cherry Blossom Festival for many years. His neighbors affectionately called him the mayor of the neighborhood.
He was a member of Forest Hills United Methodist Church and the Chapman Sunday School Class, and was a life member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters Millwrights.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Arthur Charles Anderson and his wife of 56 years Lucy Chapman Anderson. He was also preceded in death by all of his brothers and sisters: Fred Anderson, Dennis Anderson, Ezekiel Anderson, Jr., Ruth Anderson Southard, Eva Anderson Chandler and Bernice Anderson Caudell.
He is survived by his son Timothy Anderson and his wife Melissa of Macon and by his sister-in-law Barbara Anderson of Cornelia, GA. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.
In failing health for a number of years, he was blessed to have the care of many compassionate caregivers. The family is thankful for them and is grateful to the staff of the Memory Support Unit of the Blair House and for their tender care during his last years.
The family will receive visitors Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Hart's Mortuary, Cherry Street. A service of death and resurrection will be held Friday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel at Hart's Mortuary, Cherry Street with Rev. Dianne Sweckard officiating. The burial will be private.
Memorial gifts may be made to the American Cancer Society.
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Hart’s Mortuary and Crematory, Cherry Street, has charge of arrangements.