Anita M. Dees

December 12, 1926September 13, 2018

On September 13, 2018 Anita Maxine Dees, loving mother and Mamaw, went to be with her Lord at the age of 91 in Melbourne, FL. Anita was born was born on December 12, 1926 in Laurel, Mississippi to Marvin and Edith Fortenberry and grew up living in the country with her grandparents. At the age of 13 she moved with her mother to Laurel, Mississippi, where she attended Eastview Baptist Church. It was there that she met and married her high school sweetheart, James Edgar Warren, a young Baptist preacher and pastor, on October 22, 1944 and about 3 years later her daughter, Susan, was born. She and her young family moved to Panama in the early 1950's. Later she married James Harlan Slay and they had two children, a son, James Albert “Bert” and a daughter, Laurel Hope. Her three children are her legacy.

Anita was a fervent believer in Jesus Christ and was always ready to share her faith with others. In her retirement years she met and married Floyd Dees. These were perhaps the happiest years of her life. Anita’s proudest accomplishments were raising her children and being a loving Mamaw to her several grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.

Anita is preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Dees, both of her parents, and her son, Bert.

She is survived by her daughters, Susan Appleby and Hope Kelley; Grandchildren: Tabetha Franklin; Matthew Appleby; Charity Barron; Stacie Bailey; Melissa James; Aaron Slay; Heather Hamilton and Shawn Kelley.

She is also survived by 19 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren along with many dear friends.


  • Visitation Monday, September 17, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, September 17, 2018

Anita M. Dees

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Claudia/Johnny Mabry

September 18, 2018

Hope and family, we are praying for God's comfort for all of you! Ms. Anita was so very kind and gentle - always asking others how they were. Her sweet, sweet spirit reminded me so much of my grandmother. I have such fond memories of her at Lafayette Baptist Church. Sending love and prayers to your family.