James “Derrell” Anderson, Sr.


James “Derrell” Anderson Sr., of Register, and husband of Sue Futch Anderson, passed away on Monday, February 12, 2024, at his residence surrounded by his family. Funeral service was held Thursday, February 15, at 11 a.m. at Metter Primitive Baptist Church with Pastor Barry Anderson and Elder Mike Newman officiating. Interment followed in Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Evans County near Daisy. Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, February 14, at Kennedy Funeral Homes, Hooks Chapel of Metter.

Pallbearers were Spencer Southwell, Aaron Carter, Hunter Canady, Austin Canady, Brody Durden, Grayson Canady and Chance Saxon. Honorary pallbearers were his granddaughters, Ava Anderson and Kendall Saxon.

Derrell was born in 1952, the oldest of five children born to Versie Sapp Anderson Cribbs and Kendall Anderson. He grew up on the family farm and lived within shouting distance of his grandparents, Raleigh Foster Anderson and Ida Lewis Anderson. It was the first house on that farm that was built in the 1890’s, a house which still stands today. Derrell attended grade school in Nevils and graduated from Southeast Bulloch High School in 1970. It was at that time that began his career as a grocer. Over the years, he managed grocery stores such as Winn Dixie in Swainsboro and the Red and White in Claxton, among others. In the mid 1980’s Derrell returned to his family farm, and along with his cousin, Dennis, and brothers, Barry and Brian, they farmed the family land for many years. He loved his work and loved having his family work the farm with him. When his mother, Versie was no longer able to drive, Derrell began driving her to church. It was during those years that he moved his membership to Claxton Primitive Baptist Church where he later was ordained as a deacon. Derrell was a strong Christian man with a gentle spirit and a huge heart, a trait that he inherited from his grandmother’s, Lula Callaway and Ida Lewis, and his mother, Versie Cribbs. He was a faithful and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. No matter the circumstances, Derrell was strong in his faith and love of the Lord, and above all, put God first in all his affairs. He enjoyed family gatherings at his home and on the farm. His love for the grandchildren was like no other and they could do no wrong and each had their time to be the favorite. Derrell loved NASCAR and made it the yearly event for the farm family to attend the races in Atlanta. Anyone who knew him long enough would know of his long-standing tradition of driving ford vehicles. Derrell would, on a regular basis, tell you that it’s either “Ford Tough or Tough Luck” or “Every automobile has a little ford in it, because ford was the first cars ever built”. He even let his family know that when it comes time for his funeral, “don’t drive me to the grave in a GM product”. He reminded his family of his love for them and even in his final hours, made sure they knew how much he loved them, and made them aware of Gods spiritual blessings. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God”, Matthew 5:8.

Surviving are his wife, Sue Anderson; daughters, Amy (Robert) Southwell, Casey (Daniel) Durden and Kayla (Ashley) Smith; sons, Jamie (Shannon) Anderson, and Ricky (Dana) Canady; sister, Kathy (Michael) Newman; brothers, Barry (Tammy) Anderson, Timmy (Charlene) Anderson and Brian Anderson; grandchildren, Ben, Curtis, Spencer, Aaron, Kendall, Ava, Hunter, Austin, Brody, Grayson, Ansley and Kellen; five great-grandchildren, Kyson, Sadie, Aubree, Reagan and Bailey; and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to say thank you to all of the friends and loved ones that came by to see him in the past several days.

Kennedy Funeral Homes, Hooks Chapel, of Metter was in charge of arrangements.