Ethel Anderson

October 29, 1920September 21, 2010

Ethel Sparrow Anderson, 89, died Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at Moses Cone Hospital.

A service to celebrate her life is planned for October 29, 2010 at 5:30 pm at First Presbyterian Church, Greensboro.

She was born on October 29, 1920 in New Bern, North Carolina. She is survived by her two sons and their families: Claud P. “Kirk” Kirkman III of Greensboro, and J. Richard Kirkman and Patricia Gray of Jamestown; grandson, Patrick Kirkman, wife Amy, and great granddaughter, Taylor. She is preceded in death by husbands Claud P. Kirkman Jr, and Robert F. Anderson; sister Katherine Sparrow Jones; and brother, Richard Donald Sparrow.

Mrs. Anderson was an executive administrator for the U.S. Selective Service at the High Point office from1955-1960; at the North Carolina state office 1960-1963; and at the Greensboro office from 1963-1975. She graduated from Montreat College in 1940.

She was a devoted wife and mother who enjoyed gardening, hiking, ballroom dancing, and her cats, Sugar and Splenda. She was a long time member of First Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Humane Society of Guilford County, 4527 West Wendover Avenue, Greensboro, North Carolina


  • Memorial Service Friday, October 29, 2010

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Kristy Ruppe Craddock

September 30, 2010

Ethel was truly a special lady, and lucky to have such caring children. Though my encounters with her were brief over the years, her spunk for life and love of cats will always stay with me!

Margie Scott

September 27, 2010

Ethel was a dear friend I met her in the hiking club. Wonderful lady. She will surely be missed. My sincere sympathies to her family and friends.
Margie Scott, Greensboro


September 25, 2010

Oh, I'm sorry to hear of Mrs. Anderson's death. I was able to visit her a couple of times after she became Splenda's mom - and she did love those cats. If you need help finding new homes for her cats - please let me know. I know they are sad too.
Peace be with you.
Jean Ann from Eden

Shirley Rogers

September 25, 2010

I met Ethel at the YMCA. She was a wonderful and beautiful lady. We shared many wonderful talkes while we walked in the warm water. I was proud to have gotten to know Ethel. I want to send my deepest regrets to her family and other friends.

Cathy Flynn

September 24, 2010

Ethel was a special person and I will always treasure the memories that Margaret, Ethel & I shared. I was the "driver" and trips usually included a stop at McDonalds for a hot fudge sundae. She loved her sweets (evidenced by names of the beloved cats) and I would bring her homemade treats whenever I could (especially my choc cake). Ethel we will miss you. Cathy Flynn