John V. Anderson was the type of person that was very softspoken. He was involved in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), because he believed in justice and human rights. He often said, “Is it me, or is it a conspiracy?”
Anderson enjoyed reading books on Black history and literature. He loved all sports but he was really passionate about baseball. In his spare time, he also enjoyed watching the “Jeopardy” game show. His family was his pride and joy. He would do anything for his children and grandchildren.
Anderson died December 22. He was 69.
Anderson was born September 12, 1942 in Lynchburg, South Carolina, to Freddie Douglas Anderson and Addie Mae Brailey. He came to join his sister, Geneva, in Philadelphia as a teenager and completed his schooling in the Philadelphia Public School District. As a young man, he worked for many years as a truck driver for Eastern Music Systems. He was last employed with United Parcel Service.
Anderson married Andrea L. Dunston in 1963.
Anderson leaves to mourn: daughters, Andrea Jamilah Kennedy, Cheryl Asmahan Luke, Zenzi Anderson Lilley, Angela V. Anderson and Joy Williams; three sons-in-law, Munir Kennedy, Kenny Luke and Eric Lilley; sister, Geneva Lawson; 15 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren; two aunts, Herlene Tilghman and Fannie Bailey-Theodore; mother-in-law, Clarissa Dunston; sister-in-law, Jacqueline Anderson; and two brothers-in-law, Charles D. Dunston and William B. Dunston. He also leaves a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by brother-in-law, William.
Services were held December 30. Slater Funeral Home handled the arrangements.