Johnie Calvin Anderson, affectionately known as “Rip” was born on February 18, 1950 in Laurens County, South Carolina, a son of the late Odell Anderson and Nellie Henderson Anderson Cunningham.
At an early age, he joined the Smyrna AME Church in Waterloo, South Carolina, where he remained in membership.
He attended the public schools of Laurens County, was a 1968 graduate of Sanders High School and attended Piedmont Technical College.
He was a former employee of the Torrington/Timken Company in Clinton, South Carolina.
After a period of declining health, he became seriously ill and entered the Laurens County Hospice House in Clinton, South Carolina, where he departed this life on Thursday, August 29, 2013.
Surviving are one son, Calvin A. Anderson of Ninety-Six, South Carolina; the mother of his son, Alfreda Hill; four grandchildren, Jadden Anderson, Destiny Anderson, Jaquan Anderson and Nyjele Anderson; five sisters, Barbara Jean (Horace) Smith and Cynthia (Johnny) Cheeks of Waterloo, South Carolina, Jonelle (Lorenzo) Jones of Mountville, South Carolina, Rachel Davis of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Jacqueline (Victor) Cunningham of Laurens, South Carolina; aunts, Vera Latimer, Lucille Gordon, Mary S. Anderson, Mae Lois Reeder, Evelyn Barksdale, Nellie Bryson, Necie Cunningham, Cora Cunningham; Uncles: Otis Cunningham, Ulysees Cunningham and Furman Latimer; devoted cousins, Mabel Hooker, Patricia Milner and Dolores Kinard; devoted caregivers, Ernest T. Williams, Jr. and Johnny Cheeks and numerous other relatives and friends.
Johnnie was one in a million…..he would give you his shirt off his back while walking around in jockey shorts. If he owed you one penny (and I do mean one), he would hunt you down until it was paid. He was not only my brother, but my father and my mother. In life we often focus on ‘could’ve, would’ve, should’ve, but above all, he took care of all his family, and we will forever love you for that. We love you and miss you.
Your Jack Rabbit