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“Dear family. What a wonderful legacy Anna James left. Her shoes will definitely be "hard to fill". Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at...Read More »
1 of 23 | Posted by: Lenora & Tom Brown - Chilhowie, VA

“So many wonderful memories at Aunties's house. Loved going over there to spend the night with Gaile. Going to the creek, swinging on grapevines,...Read More »
2 of 23 | Posted by: Kathy Dixon - Marion, VA - Family

“Anna James & my Mom, Ginny Childers, were the very best of friends. They called each other at least daily, if not more often. Dad & Carson were also...Read More »
3 of 23 | Posted by: Carol Hale - Bristol, TN

“What a life well lived ...few can leave this earth having impacted so many lives in such a positive way. My sincere condolences to Anna James Heath...Read More »
4 of 23 | Posted by: Brenda Blevins Marion - GA

“Many prayers for you all. We all loved Auntie and I'll always remember her warm smile and welcome each time we came to visit. Love you all! ”
5 of 23 | Posted by: Tim Heath - Marietta, GA - Family

“Jerry,Jimmy,Gail living on st. clairs this was one of the dearest ladies we ever knew always so kind and smiling you could not help but love her, see...Read More »
6 of 23 | Posted by: Tom & Sue Gentry - Chilhowie, VA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with each of the family during this difficult time. Such a beautiful lady. She will be missed. ”
7 of 23 | Posted by: Betty and Girls Louthian Thomas - VA

“Jerry, Jimmy and Gaile, So sorry for your loss, our deepest sympathies for you and your family. You're in our prayers. ”
8 of 23 | Posted by: Bob & Rita Sturgill - Bristol, VA

“Every Christmas my family would receive a beautiful Christmas card signed "Love, Your Neighbors, Carson and Anna James." We always cherished those...Read More »
9 of 23 | Posted by: Judy Stamper - Chilhowie, VA

“Gail and family,So sorry for your loss, our deepest sympathies for you and your family. You're in our prayers. Glen Joanna and Olivia Bryant ”
10 of 23 | Posted by: Joanna Bryant - Chilhowie, VA

“Sorry to see about Anna James!!But it's good to know her and Carson are back together. They both always was happy to talk to you. I ran into them in...Read More »
11 of 23 | Posted by: Steve Forrester - Glade Spring, VA

“Mary and i are so sorry to hear of the loss of Ms. Anderson. Prayers and Blessings for the family ”
12 of 23 | Posted by: richard ryan - ELIZABETHTON, TN

“We were so saddened to learn of the loss of your precious Anna James. May God's endless love give you comfort as you grieve this special lady. You...Read More »
13 of 23 | Posted by: Jim & Jeanne Haulsee - Chilhowie, VA

“So very sorry. Praying for all during this time.God Bless ”
14 of 23 | Posted by: Tammy Doane - Chilhowie, VA

“Jerry, Gaile, Jimmy and family, I am so sorry you have lost your mother. She was one of a kind and dearly remembered for her smile and kindness. You...Read More »
15 of 23 | Posted by: Deborah Cregger Carter - Floyd, VA

“Our sincere condolences to all the family of Anna James. The obituary clearly told the wonderful person she was and her family, we are certain, are ...Read More »
16 of 23 | Posted by: Carl & Alma Jean Pennington - VA

“What a wonderful lady. Always enjoyed church with her and visiting on the porch. She always greeted folks with a smile. Prayers for the family. ”
17 of 23 | Posted by: Sheila Powers Whetstone - Friend

“Words can not express our sympathy. This lady was indeed a very special lady and her kindness and love filled the hearts of all those who knew her....Read More »
18 of 23 | Posted by: Bonnie Haga - Marion, VA - Family

“My condolences for your loss but I know Ms Anna James is rejoicing in heaven with all those gone before. Love and prayers to all of you. ”
19 of 23 | Posted by: Luann Dowell - Bristol, VA

“Annajames was a blessing to everyone that knew her,she was truly a blessing to mom when granny died,mom would call her to get recipes.A sweet sweet...Read More »
20 of 23 | Posted by: Sherry Pickel Blevins - Marion, VA

“Gaile, Jimmy, Jerry, and families...words cannot say how much I loved this precious lady and how much I will miss her. We shared the same birthdate...Read More »
21 of 23 | Posted by: Linda and Tom Freeman - Chilhowie, VA

“Prayers for comfort and peace for Mrs. Anna James' family and friends. She was a friend and a blessing to everyone who knew her. ”
22 of 23 | Posted by: Mary Aker - Atkins, VA

“My Mothers best friend for many years.To the family sorry for your loss and my family's Prayers to your family. ”
23 of 23 | Posted by: Larry Gibson - Aliceville, AL


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Anna James Heath Anderson, beloved matriarch of her family, passed away on June 19, 2020. Her 96 years of life were a gift to everyone who knew her.

Growing up as the oldest daughter in a family of nine children, Anna James learned early how to get things done. She was a natural-born leader, and from a young age she helped to care for her younger siblings and others. As a girl she learned to play guitar and would sing in local churches with her two younger sisters; they were even featured in the newspaper for their talent. She sang in her church choir and served as its treasurer for decades until she was no longer physically able to do so. She passed on this strength, resilience, and incredibly strong work ethic to her children and their children.

Anna James spent most of her life devoted to her family as a homemaker. Strong in faith, generous in spirit, and simple in living, she helped manage a family farm, raise children, serve her church and community of St. Clair's Creek, and provide support and food for many, leading by example that we should make the most of what we have without waste and constantly strive to help others who may not have as much.

She had a bountiful garden that fed her family and many more as it grew, and a steady trickle of returned canning jars represented shared green beans, preserves, or apple butter. More than her own family claimed her chicken and dumplings as the best, and the many dishes in her kitchen labeled with her name marked how frequently she cooked for someone who was sick or in bereavement.

After raising her own children, she did the same for her grandchildren, who genuinely consider her home their own. She would nurture them and the next generations with love and high expectations. Her numerous nieces and nephews lovingly called her "Auntie," a nickname that extended beyond just her family.

She was also a skilled and respected seamstress, her attention to detail sewn into every stitch. A hook in her kitchen often held the alterations she was doing for someone, one of many symbols that her concept of family extended far into the community. Her community returned these many gifts in her last years with food, support, and love; and in her passing this community mourns together one of its mothers.

In her later years, she and her husband were avid bird watchers and enjoyed discussing the daily habits in the nature around them. Her life is not characterized by major achievements, but by a culmination of all the small moments and gatherings filled with joy, love, laughter, and good food. She gave us the gift of appreciating the everyday joys of life.

Words cannot capture the love she brought into this world and the depth that she will be missed.

Waiting to welcome her to her eternal home is her loving husband of 72 years, Carson Anderson, her daughter, Phyllis Anderson Blevins, son-in-law Carter Owens, six brothers and one sister. She is survived by her sons Jerry Anderson and wife Wanda of Sugartown, Louisiana and Jimmy Anderson and wife Diane, daughter Gaile Anderson Owens, and son-in-law Dwight Blevins, all of Chilhowie. She is also survived by her best friend and sister Hazel Heath of Chilhowie. She leaves behind to carry on her legacy 10 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Graveside services will be conducted 1 PM Monday, June 22 in the Macedonia Cemetery. Friends and family may visit with the family after the graveside service. Due to current public health conditions facemasks are recommended.

Condolences can be made to the family online at www.williamsfuneralhomeofchilhowie.com. Williams Funeral Home of Chilhowie is serving the Anderson Family.