Life began on April 26, 1957 for Harrel Jerome Antionio Anderson, Sr. in Marianna, FL.
He confessed Christ at an early age and joined McChapel A.M.E Church. where he served faithfully as a YPD, Sunday School and Allen Christian Fellowship (ACE League) member as well as a Steward, Trustee, Usher, President of the Youth Usher Board, President Of The Sons of Allen and Member Of The McChapel Male Choir.
He attended the public school system in Cottonwood, AL. He furthered his education and graduated from Job Corps. He later joined the United States Army as a Tanker, DI Sergeant. He was employed with Cooking Good and the State of Florida-Sunland at Marianna for many years.
Harrel who was affectionately known as “Hap, Happy, and June Bug” was loved and respected by everyone who knew him. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, farming, fishing, bowling, and traveling. Hap touched the lives of many with his words of wisdom, honesty, and sense of humor. He will be greatly missed.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Noah “NG, Lil Dee”, Hester Bell Gibson and Lige Lee Johnson; fathers: Otis (Hood) Gibson and David L. Anderson; brother: Michael Anderson; and father-in-law, Willie C. Balkcom.
A lifetime of precious memories are left with a caring and devoted family to include: his wife of almost 30 years: Mary Carol Anderson; daughter: Antoinette Chanell Anderson “baby girl”; son, Harrel Jerome Antionio Anderson, Jr. “C.J.”; grandson: Michael Ki’lyn Daughtry “MJ”, all of Greenwood, FL; his mother: Dorothy Jean Gibson “Dunk”, Marianna, FL; grandmother, Essie Mae Johnson, Panama City, FL; special aunts and uncle: Mary L. (Duke) Gibson, Greenwood, FL, Marva (Jean) Johnson, Panama City, FL, Dorothy “Money” Balkcom, Blakely, GA and Edward Lige Johnson, Marianna, FL; aunts: Loretha Holland and Ira Mae (Bobby) Johnson, Panama City, FL, Patricia Minns (Lee), Quincy, FL; uncles: Lorenza Johnson, Mervin Gibson and Kenneth (Sallie) Gibson all of Malone, FL; a special sister: Mary L. Oliver Keys (Ben); brothers, Dexter Anderson, Greenwood, FL, David Anderson, Jr., Marianna, FL; mother-in-law: Nellie (Nett) Balkcom; sisters-in-law, Sheryl White (Boris), Greenwood, FL, Therasa Russ, Marianna, FL, Linda Anderson, Ft. Walton, FL; nieces: Kimberly Donaldson, Tallahassee, FL, Dyonsia Balkcom, Marianna, FL, Genesis Anderson, Panama City FL, Tiara Anderson and Katrina Keys Donaldson, both of Greenwood, FL; nephews: Fredrick Donaldson Jr.(Temeka), Greenwood, FL, Steven Russ Jr., Marianna, FL, Jamaal Anderson (Aisha), Jacksonville, FL; four special cousins: William Gibson, Orlando, FL, Laura and Felicia Gibson, Greenwood, FL, Denise Holland, Panama City, FL; goddaughters: Taylor Smith, Graceville, FL, Breanna Edwards and Anoshua Wesly, Malone, FL, Richetta Worlds, Greenwood FL; god-son: Erik Blount, Tallahassee, FL; god sister, Adrianne Collins, Marianna, FL; god brother, Malcolm McKay, Greenwood, FL; close friends: Morris and Valarie Hayes, Jacksonville FL, Larry Pollock, Greenwood FL, Cornel Britt, Marianna, FL, Peggy Brunson, Panama City, FL; extended families: the Balkcom, Keys, Glover, Britt and Gibson families, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be Friday, July 8, 2016, 1-7 PM at M. Sue & Rodney D. Pittman Memorial Chapel, 5441 Cooper Street Graceville, FL.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 11 A.M., McChapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 4963 Old US Road, Marianna, Florida with Presiding Elder G. T. Barkley officiating.
Mr. Anderson will be laid to rest in the church cemetery under the directions of Christian Memorial Chapel of Graceville.