OBITUARY

John Henry Anderson

May 18, 1939June 4, 2012

Ssgt John H. Anderson, 73, of Raleigh, suddenly entered into eternal rest Monday, June 4. He joins his wife, Clarita Ann in glory with the Lord, who predeceased him on Nov. 15, 1986.

He was the proud father of son John Olof, also of Raleigh, and daughter, Mary Rita, of Branson, Mo. He was the even more proud grandfather of Sara Clare, 15, and Ashley, 18. John absolutely adored his granddaughters and loved the two of them more than life itself.

Ssgt Anderson spent his entire adult life in service to others, giving more than three decades each to civilian law enforcement, and to the U.S. Military, proudly serving in all branches of the military except for the Marine Corps. As a law enforcement officer, he happily patrolled the Broad Causeway and Kane Concourse, protecting the residents of Bay Harbor Islands for more than 15 years, as well as the residents of Dade County (FL), Oakland Park and Miami Shores.

In the U.S. military, Ssgt. Anderson served as a recruiter, port security officer, intelligence officer, security police officer with the 31st SPS at Homestead AFB (FL), and flight crew member with the 79th AEWCS, also out of Homestead AFB.

He will be sorely missed by his son, daughter, and his two adoring granddaughters, who all loved him more than words can describe. We will miss you always dad, and “pop pops”, but know that you will be in our hearts forever.

The funeral mass will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday June 8, 2012, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 11401 Leesville Road, Raleigh NC. Inurnment with Military Honors in the church columbarium. A Reception will follow at Mitchell Funeral Home, 7209 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh NC.

Arrangements being handled by Mitchell’s Funeral Home of Raleigh. 919-783-7128

Services

  • Funeral Mass Friday, June 8, 2012
  • Reception Friday, June 8, 2012
REMEMBERING

John Henry Anderson

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Mary Heffington

May 18, 2016

May 18th 2016:
Happy Birthday Daddy!!!!! I miss you so much each and every day but most especially on this, your special day!!! My heart continues to break knowing that my phone will never ring again and have it be "Grandpaaaaaaaaa"(as your precious Ashley called you) on the other end of the line calling to see how "his girls" are doing!!! I hope you're having a wonderful celebration with Mom, God and all of His Angels today!!!! I love and miss you dearly--always!!!

Bill Hammel

August 28, 2013

John was one of the most honest and caring police officers I ever worked with. May God bless his soul.

Neela Edmonds

June 22, 2012

Mr. Anderson, for over thirty years you've been more than my best friend's dad you've been part of my family. I'll never forget when you use to take us to the movies in Bal Harbor, and Mary would drown the popcorn in salt. You will truly be missed.

Tracie Pokora-Avila

June 11, 2012

John, Mary and Family,
I was very sad to hear about the sudden passing of your Dad, Good ol' Mr. Anderson. I remember carpooling on our way to Annunciation and he would take that side road on county line, and I would always say, "Gee, Mr. Anderson it feels like we are in an airplane". He would always chuckle at that.
Your parents are now together for all of eternity.
May God Bless you all, and provide healing and comfort during this difficult time. You are in my prayers, and thought of with such fond memories of friendship.

Jenn Poole

June 11, 2012

I, unfortunately, never had the pleasure of meeting SSgt Anderson. But my heart goes out to Mary, Ashley and the rest of the family. I know his love for you knew no bounds. Please accept my sincerest condolences. Hugs and love to you all!

Ashley Heffington

June 10, 2012

DEAR GRANDPA I LOVE YOU VERY VERY MUCH AND I WILL MISS YOU SO MUCH BUT NOW I KNOW THAT YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART FOREVER AND EVER NO MATTER WHAT. BEEP BEEP BUZZ BUZZ :o)

Mary Heffington

June 9, 2012

Missing you so much Daddy and Grandpa.....You will remain forever in our hearts!!

Donna Cahill

June 8, 2012

To Mary and Family, I'm so sorry for your loss, may you find comfort in knowing your dad is back with your mom and they are both looking down on you all lovingly!

Sherri Lippoldt

June 8, 2012

Mary and Ashley, I am so sorry for your loss. I know you will miss your daddy and Grandpa. You are in my heart and in my prayers. Love you.

Patricia Cowles

June 8, 2012

Dear Mary & Family,
My sincere sympathy goes out to all of you. The conversations I had with John while he was visiting Mary always left me laughing and with a smile. John your faith in God shines in the hearts of your loving daughter Mary and amazing granddaughter Ashley. May you rest in peace.