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Robert Melvin Anderson

Jan. 6, 1931 – Sept. 11, 2020

NATCHEZ — Robert Melvin “Bobby” Anderson, 89, of Natchez, passed away Sept. 11, 2020, in the comfort of his son’s home in Marksville, Louisiana.

Graveside services for the family will be held under the direction of Laird Funeral Home, September 15, 2020, at 1 p.m., at Ramah Baptist Church in McCall Creek, Mississippi. Reverend (LTC) Robert N. Armstrong of Washington United Methodist Church will officiate the service.

Mr. Anderson was born January 6, 1931, in Franklin County, to Robert Lee Anderson and Esther Marie Adams Anderson. Mr. Anderson graduated from McCall Creek School in 1951. He served two and a half years in the United States Air Force spending most of it in the Philippines.  He spent the next forty years working at International Paper Company in Natchez. He was locally known as the “Bee Man”, for his ability and passion for beekeeping. He was also a master bowl craftsman.

He is survived by his sons Robert Anderson and wife, Twana, of Marksville, LA, Paul Anderson and wife, Ruth of Natchez, MS, and Melvin Anderson of Natchez, MS. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Twana Lee DeCuir and her husband, Richard, Kirstie Jacome’ and her husband Dr. Tomas’ Jacome’, Arin Rushing, Ellen Ayres; great grandchildren; Landon   DeCuir, Logan DeCuir, Paola Jacome’, Tommy Jacome’, Emilia Jacome’, Will Rushing, Gabe Rushing, Cayde Jackson, and Arrington Jackson, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Zula LaMarion Lewis Anderson, parents, Robert and Esther Anderson, grandparents, Charlie Henry Anderson & Fredricka Amanda Morgan Anderson and James Bristor Adams & Betty Elizabeth Clark Adams, grandson, John Wayne Anderson of Marksville, LA, granddaughter MaKenzi Rushing Jackson, of Natchez, MS, his brother Clark Eugene Anderson, and sisters Mattie Juanita Anderson Hutcherson  Liles, Wanda Lee Anderson Byrd & Elizabeth “Betty” Anderson Harris.

Pallbearers will be his nephews and friends.

The family extends special thanks to All Saints Hospice for their care and support.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Washington United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 37, Washington, MS. 39120.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at lairdfh.com.