God in his infinite wisdom called Alfred William Anderson, Sr., affectionately known as “W,” from labor to reward on Friday, March 6, 2020 at the home of his daughter in Atlantic, Virginia. He was born on December 9, 1933 to the late William Anderson and Eunice Anderson Milbourne in Atlantic, Virginia.
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Alfred was only educated through the 8th grade, yet he always encouraged his family and others to get all the education they could. He wanted them all to be able to compete with the best and have a fulfilling job. He began working as a laborer in factories, he caught chickens, and later went to work for the Plywood Plant in Pocomoke City, Maryland. He later added working part time at Marshall’s Manufactoring Company in Atlantic, Virginia, as a skilled laborer pouring zinc for crab pots. This would later become his full time job until he retired. Prior to his health failing, he had his own lawn care service and also worked at his passion of painting periodically. He would later expand that passion into an added profession. He was very proud of his craft of painting and was adamant about doing it right. He was the only man we knew who could use the entire can of paint, even the amount on the lid and never waste or spill a drop. Whenever he had a helper if they didn’t perform the task the way he instructed, they wouldn’t be going back for day number two.
“W” was a faithful member of Jerusalem Baptist Church, having joined his wife and daugthers, after being a part of his family ministry at St. John United Methodist Church. There, he served as Trustee and sang on their Men’s Chorus. Even through illness, he continued to make his way to the House of the Lord and even when he could no longer attend, he listened to sermons, and looked forward to Sunday afternoon recaps. He loved the Lord, trusted Him, and often expressed with tears that “I’m going to wait until my change comes.”
He always loved to cook and before he was down sick “W” could be found early Saturday mornings making those plate size pancakes with king syrup, scrambled eggs, bacon, scrapple, and fat meat. The great grands would enjoy G-Pops oatmeal from the pot and not the microwave. Everyone enjoyed his sweet potato pies, biscuits, and fried chicken hot out of the pan. Seeing others enjoy his cooking always put a smile on his face and he would keep the food coming til everyone was full.
He was married to the late Helen Collins for sixty-three years and to this union two sons and three daughters were born. He adored and completely, wholeheartedly loved his Helen. She was indeed the love of his life and the day rarely set without him saying so. He loved his family beyond words and did all he could to encourage and be there with a story of his hard times and the assurance that just as God never left him, God would never leave any of them.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen, and sons, Alfred, Jr. and Kenny.
Alfred leaves to cherish his memory; three daugthers; Shirley Anderson of Richmond, VA, Minister Rena (George) Finney of Parksley, VA, and Leslie (James) Hitch of Atlantic, VA; a son of his heart, Gary (Tina) Dennis of Ocean City, MD; sixteen grandkids; twenty-two great-grandkids; two sisters, Joyce Wharton of Greenbush, VA and Pamela Mackey of Atlantic, VA; one brother, Raymond Anderson of Atlantic, VA; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives.