Raymond Anderson Obituary (1925-2021) – Greensboro, NC

Anderson, Raymond Leonard

December 12, 1925 – November 8, 2021

Raymond Leonard Anderson of Greensboro went home Monday November 8th to be with His Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. He was 95 years old.

Ray was born on December 12, 1925 to Charles Bryan Anderson and Myrtle Sexton Anderson on Ames Plantation in Grand Junction, Tennessee, where he learned to work hard ranching with his family. After graduating from high school, he served as a flight cadet in the Reserve Army Air Corps for 16 months during World War II, earning his pilot qualification. The war ended before his training was completed.

He attended Georgia Tech in Atlanta and graduated with a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering degree in June 1949. Ray had a remarkable career as an industrial engineer, working primarily in the textile industry throughout the southeast of the country. After 21 years at Cone Mills, he retired in 1988. He was named an Outstanding Industrial Engineer in 1971 by the Greensboro Chapter of the American Institute of Industrial Engineering.

Most importantly, Ray dedicated his life to following Jesus Christ. A longtime active member of the First Baptist Church of Greensboro, he has held many leadership positions. His passion began as chair of the Refugee Committee that worked with Lutheran Family Services to assist Montagnard refugees from Southeast Asia in their settlement in Greensboro. Over the years he made friends with each of the families he helped, helped them find work, find homes, meet medical needs, help the educational needs of the children, and even plant churches. In 1989 he received the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service for his commitment.

Ray leaves behind his 69-year-old loving wife Phyllis, daughter Dawn Pegram from Greensboro, son Philip Anderson from Macon, Georgia, grandsons Candy Brown (Jeff) from Macon, Georgia, April Shirey (Brian) from Archdale and Caleb Anderson (Elizabeth) from Colorado Springs, Colorado and four great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held in Westminster Gardens on Saturday, November 13th at 2pm. The family will greet friends afterwards. Out of consideration for the participants, standard COVID protocols are requested. Instead of flowers, the family is asking for donations to the First Baptist Church of Greensboro, NC.

Hanes Lineberry Funeral Home supports the Anderson family. To offer condolences to the family online, please visit www.haneslineberryfhnorthelm.com.

Published by Greensboro News & Record on November 11, 2021.

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