Rachel Anderson

September 19, 1924May 17, 2013

Mrs. Rachel D. Anderson, age 88, of Rome, GA, passed away Friday, May 17, 2013, at her residence.

Mrs. Anderson was born September 19, 1924, in Lincolnton, GA, to the late Ida Mae and Floyd Dawkins. Rachel was a graduate of Lincoln City High School and the Southern Business University in Atlanta, GA. She worked as a secretary at Garden Lakes Elementary School and retired from the Floyd County Board of Education in 1989. She was a charter member of the Garden Lakes Baptist Church and belonged to the Fellowship Sunday School Class.

Rachel was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Harold L. Anderson. She is survived by her son, Harold Anderson, Rome, and her daughter, Wana Anderson Sowa, Atlanta; grandchildren Brett Sowa, Jonesboro, and Cameron Sowa, Stockbridge; and a great grandson, Jak Sowa, Jonesboro.

Funeral services for Mrs. Anderson were conducted Monday, May 20, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Garden Lakes Baptist Church with Dr. Richard Kremer officiating. Interment will be in the Oaknoll Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers were Brett Sowa, Cameron Sowa, John O’Connor, Bob Bowen, Bob Puckett and Herman Lawrence. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Fellowship Sunday School Class.

The family received friends at the church on Monday, May 20, 2013, from 12:30 p.m. until the funeral hour. Daniel’s Funeral Home is in charge of the funeral arrangements for Mrs. Rachel Anderson.


  • Visitation Monday, May 20, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, May 20, 2013

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Carol Clement Verenes

December 3, 2013

Wana: My sister (Karen Clement Jones) and I are saddened to hear of the passing of your Mother and brother. We will always remember our nice visit with them in Rome three years ago. Aunt Rachel was such a wonderful lady. She made everyone feel special and loved. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

May 21, 2013

Wana & Harold, I wanted you to know what a great friend your Mother was to me when I moved to Rome & joined GLBC. We had many good times together, sung in the choir to gather, went to the movies and ate together many Sundays.
She was a very special lady and I loved her & missed her when I moved away. I will always cherish our times together. My thoughts & prayers are with you.
Jeannette Rickard

Dave Butler

May 21, 2013

I am so sorry to hear about Ms. Rachel. She and my Grandmother Louise Akins sang in the choir together for years. She was also the secretary at my school when I was a kid. She was a wonderful lady who was ALWAYS as sweet as she could be. My prayers are with you, as I know that she, like Mr. Anderson will be sorely missed ball all that knew both of them.
Dave Butler (Baton Rouge)

Kaye Ham Adamson

May 20, 2013

Wana and Harold, your Mother was one of the brightest spots in all of Garden Lakes. She was so funny and loved to laugh and see the funny side to life. I remember so many times her laughter. I know that Heaven is brighter today because she is there and I am sure that with those that have gone before, Helen Rutledge, Inez Hollifield, Lynette Gordon, there is some giggling going on. She made everyone feel good and happy. Such a lovely lady. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Kaye Ham Adamson

Susan Thompson Black

May 20, 2013

I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing, and so glad you got to spend some time with her last weekend. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

May 20, 2013

May God comfort you during this time. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Lillie Mae Dawkins Thornton

Linda Dawkins Miller

May 20, 2013

Wanda and Harold you are in my thoughts and prayers. We all loved Aunt Rachel.
Linda Dawkins Miller