The resonate voice and works of a humanitarian, educator, scholar, religious leader likened unto the bravura of a mighty symphony has ceased. The genius of her works will live eternally, for death is a continuation of life — a transition from one state to another.
A biographical profile, which succinctly records the saga of events for years in which one has lived and made significant contributions seldom echoes the inner spirit and driving forces that serve as the catalysts to influence the multifaceted activities of one’s life, commitment, service, and dedication were among the sterling components that characterized the life of EARLINE M. ANDERSON.
Miss Earline M. Anderson was born in Lexington, Mississippi. She was the second child and first daughter of the late Matthew and Lettie Williams Anderson. Her early childhood was spent in Lexington, where she received her elementary education. Her high school education was received in the public school of Mound Bayou, Mississippi. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Tuskegee Institute, Tuskegee, Alabama and a Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters Degree from Natchez College, Natchez, Mississippi.
Her life of Christian Service began at an early age when she accepted Christ and became a member of the Mount Olive Baptist Church in Lexington, Mississippi. After moving to Mound Bayou she joined the First Baptist Church. Here she remained a devoted member and served untiringly in any position where she was needed until her death.
Earline engaged in religious, educational, fraternal, and civic pursuits throughout her life and was active in many organizations.
In the field of education she served as an elementary teacher at the Rujeville Public Schools, Rujeville, Mississippi, and as a teacher at the Coahoma County Agricultural High School, Clarksdale, Mississippi.
Her religious services included, but were not limited to, member of the First Baptist Sanctuary Choir, Sunday School Teacher, Chairperson of the Pastor’s Aid Auxiliary, Director of the Young People’s Department of the Women’s Auxiliary of the General Baptist State Convention of Mississippi, and Enrollment Chairperson of the Young People’s Department of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.
She departed this life on Wednesday, July 22, 1992, at 7:20 p.m., at the Shelby Community Hospital, Shelby, Mississippi.
Her love of children led her to assist in the rearing of her great niece, Carolyn Grant Carter.
She leaves to cherish her fondest memories: a loving and devoted aunt, Zee A. Barron; two aunts: Catherine Williams of Chicago, IL and Levy Thomas of Lexington, MS; one uncle, Robert Williams of Chicago, IL; two sisters: Mary Booker of Detroit, MI and Beatrice Triche of New Orleans, LA: three brothers: Charles (Rose) Anderson of Paducah, KY; Reginald Anderson of Mound Bayou, MS; and Eddie (Elowee) Anderson of Cleveland, MS; one sister-in-law, Eloise Anderson of Mound Bayou, MS; one brother-in-law, Mack Brooks of Mound Bayou, MS; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
(Funeral Program: Earline M. Anderson)