Obituary: Garnetta Anderson

Garnetta Anderson went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on July 17, 2009 at Clayton House Assisted Living in Clayton NC. She was born July 9, 1916 in the Hedgesville area of Berkley County, West Virginia and was the daughter of the late Raymond Furman and Annie Emily (Emma) Butts Wilson. Garnetta married Walter Tanquary Anderson June 13, 1936 in Hagerstown, MD. Survivors are a daughter, Carolyn Tanquary Anderson Clarke of Clayton, NC, and her husband, Dr. John Ross Clarke, and grandsons, Michael Tanquary Clarke (wife, Amy is deceased), of Ft Lauderdale, FL and Jamison (Jayme) Randall Clarke of Clayton, NC and grandchildren, Savannah Tanquary Clarke and Reagan Maureen Weirs of Ft Lauderdale and Robert (Robbie) Anderson Clarke and Alexandra (Alex) Cathleen Clarke of Clayton. Mr. Anderson preceded his wife in death on November 6, 1978 as did a son, Walter Eugene Anderson, on December 16, 1997. Siblings are: Reginald Blake Wilson and wife, Evelyn, and Curtis Wendell Wilson and wife, Edna, all from Winchester as well as a sister, Delores (Dolly) Marie Wilson Brown and husband, Steve, Pamplin, VA; niece Jean Adele Anderson Lewis whom Garnetta and Walt raised as well as nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs. Anderson was preceded in death by a sister, Rilla Frances Wilson Anderson and brothers, Carlton Bruce Wilson and Wilford Raymond Wilson.

The Andersons lived on a farm and orchard in White Hall for many years. After her husband passed away Garnetta moved to Winchester. She later lived in Manassas for over 4 years with her daughter and son-in-law. This was followed by residing at Loving Arms Assisted Living in Front Royal followed by Clayton House in Clayton, NC.

Garnetta attended the Miller School, Dowell J. Howard and Monroe College and worked for the National Fruit Products Company and the Rubber Plant. Jesus and church were always important to Garnetta as she read her Bible nightly before going to bed. While a member of White Hall United Methodist Church, she was the church pianist, taught the Catechism to a boy’s Sunday School Class and was Secretary of the Mite’s Society (women’s group) for 15 years. She has been a member of Braddock Street United Methodist Church for nearly 57 years where she was pianist for her Sunday School class and was in Circle #1. She attended Spriggs Road Presbyterian Church, PCA, in Manassas. Community activities include: Volunteer for the Clearbrook Fire Department Yard Party for many years, South Frederick Homemakers Club, Frederick County Homemaker of the year in 1998, Stonewall Homemakers Club, White Hall PTA, Virginia Horticulture Association, Bible Study Fellowship and Christian Women’s Club. While in Manassas she enjoyed activities at the Senior Center and Hearth and Home Adult Day Care Center. Hobbies included crocheting afghans and lap spreads which she donated to church and club auctions and gave them to area shut-ins. Garnetta loved flowers and spent time gardening and tending to her house plants. She also crocheted buntings for small plastic models for pre-born babies and assisted with various other volunteer activities for Care Net Pregnancy Resource Centers in Manassas. Garnetta enjoyed playing the organ and played the piano for area nursing home residents.

A funeral service will be conducted at 10:00 AM on Saturday at Omps Funeral Home, Amherst Chapel. Interment will be in Mount Hebron Cemetery, Winchester, Virginia.

Pallbearers will be Douglas Dailey, John Dailey, Curtis Wilson, John Wilson, Reginald Wilson, Robert Wilson, Samuel Wilson and Thomas Wilson.