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Deaconess Earnestine Wilson Anderson, the daughter of the late Martha Jane Wilson and the late Jessie James Wilson, was born on August 8, 1946, in Bakersville, Florida. She was educated in the Suwannee County School System and moved to Westchester County New York after graduating from high school. Seeking additional education, she graduated from the Westchester County College system skilled in business administration, graphic design, and computer programming.

A talented woman, she was an entrepreneur that became a unit director for both the Mary Kay and Tupperware companies. In the 1980s she co-owned and operated Earnestine's Mini Store on Country Road 349 in McAlpin, Florida. She worked for various companies and organizations that included Otis Elevators, PepsiCo, UJA Federation of New York, and UF Health Shands Hospital. Finally, she retired from the Suwannee County School Board in 2010.

Her service to God began at an early age when she was baptized at the New Zion Missionary Baptist Church in McAlpin, Florida. At First Baptist Church in Elmsford, New York, she served as a deaconess and usher and was the church secretary. Upon returning the Suwannee County, Florida, she was a faithful member of Sweet Hope Baptist church and often served as a Sunday School teacher. She dutifully served as the church secretary until her health failed.

She was united in Holy Matrimony on September 3, 1965 to Freddie Lee Anderson. They remained devoted to each other for over fifty years. Their union was blessed with four children. She loved her family and was a dedicated, caring wife, mother, and grandmother.

On January 4, 2018, with family at her bedside at Haven Hospice in Lake City, Florida, our merciful, wise, and loving God called her home to rest. She will be missed, but never forgotten.

She leaves the following to cherish her memories and to celebrate her life; her husband: Freddie Lee Anderson, McAlpin, Florida; three sons: Dwayne (Sharon) Anderson- Flushing, Queens, New York; Eric Lavant Anderson - Bainbridge, Georgia; and Lionel Quentin Anderson (Cherie) - Killeen, Texas; one daughter: Daniella (Herbert) Smith - Aubrey, Texas; three brothers, Thomas (Melissa) Wilson - McAlpin, Florida, Clarence Wilson - McAlpin, Florida, and Elder Donald Wilson - Gainesville, Florida; three sisters, Marie (David) Simmons - McAlpin, Florida, Lillie (Eddie) George - Live Oak, Florida, and Minnie (Lawrence) Jelks - Live Oak, Florida; two aunts: Rachel Wilson - Gainesville, Florida, and Mardie Wilson -Jacksonville, Florida; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and a host of many nephews, nieces, and other relatives and friends.
Published on January 9, 2018
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