Raymond Leonard Anderson

December 12, 1925November 8, 2021

Raymond Leonard Anderson December 12, 1925 -- November 8, 2021

Raymond Leonard Anderson of Greensboro went home to be with his Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ, on Monday, November 8. He was 95 years old.

Ray was born the son of Charles Bryan Anderson and Myrtle Sexton Anderson on December 12, 1925 on the Ames Plantation in Grand Junction, Tennessee where he learned to work hard with his family raising cattle. After graduation from high school, he became an aviation cadet in the reserve Army Air Corps for 16 months during World War II, achieving pilot qualifications. The war ended before his training was completed.

He attended Georgia Tech in Atlanta graduating in June, 1949 with a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering degree. Ray had a distinguished career as an Industrial Engineer primarily working in the textile industry throughout the southeast. He retired in 1988 after serving 21 years with Cone Mills. He was named outstanding Industrial Engineer of 1971 by the Greensboro Chapter of the American Institute of Industrial Engineering.

Most importantly, Ray dedicated his life to following Jesus Christ. As a long time active member of First Baptist Church of Greensboro, he held many leadership roles. His passion became serving as Chairman of the Refugee Committee that cooperated with Lutheran Family Services to assist Montagnard refugees from southeast Asia as they settled in Greensboro. Over the years he retained friendships with each of the families he assisted, helping them find jobs, homes, meeting medical needs, assisting with educational needs of the children, and even helping establish churches. For his efforts, he received the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service in 1989.

Ray is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Phyllis, daughter, Dawn Pegram of Greensboro, son Philip Anderson of Macon, Georgia, grandchildren Candy Brown (Jeff) of Macon, Georgia, April Shirey (Brian) of Archdale, and Caleb Anderson (Elizabeth) of Colorado Springs, Colorado and four great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, November 13, at 2:00 pm at Westminster Gardens. Family will greet friends afterwards. In consideration of those attending, standard COVID protocols are requested. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations made to First Baptist Church of Greensboro, NC in his memory.


  • First Baptist Church of Greensboro


  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, November 13, 2021


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Thomas Little

November 14, 2021

When I would see Ray at church, he never failed to speak and ask how I was doing. I learned a great deal from him over the years while leading The Servicemen's Sunday School class at FBC Greensboro.

Joanne Vitelli

November 11, 2021

Dawn I never knew your Daddy but I can only imagine he was a wonderful person, friend, husband, and Daddy! I know you have been his caretaker for a while. You have been a blessing for sure! You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers! Hugs Joanne Vitelli

Jack Lee

November 10, 2021

I will remember our times meeting at Jessie’s Diner and Tex and Shirley’s for breakfast and visiting him on his front porch and all the good conversations we would have. I felt like he was my surrogate Dad after I lost my father a few years ago. I will miss him. Prayers and Comfort to all

Sylvia Clark

November 10, 2021

I remember all the fun outings to different eating places, which he liked to honor our choices, then insisted on picking up the tab. My granddaughter Kris remembers our daily outings for ice cream—such a treat. I can still see Ray helping our very independent elderly father gently up the stairs, his welcoming bear hug whenever we arrived, his taking Richard with him to visit his old friends and helping with the Montagnards. I remember Phyllis telling of seeing him and Phil huddled in church in passing, wondering what deep spiritual truth they were sharing, and learning later it was an update on the latest football score they were sharing! So many sweet happy memories to recall whenever we think of my dear beloved brother Ray, concerned for the souls of all he met, eager to share Jesus with everyone. We are all so blessed to have known, love and be loved by him. Thank you Lord.