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James Garfield Anderson, Jr.

James Garfield Anderson, Jr. entered into rest on January 29, 2021 at Lakeland Regional Hospital, Lakeland, FL with family at his side.  He was born February 1, 1945 in Hillsborough County FL, to the late James Garfield Anderson, Sr. and Helen Bennett of Dover, Florida.

He is survived by his children Tina Caton and husband Roy of Simpsonville SC, James G. Anderson III and wife Gabriel, Brittany Anderson and James Wade Anderson of Lakeland FL, grandchildren Sommer Cherryholmes, Zach Anderson, Taylor Caton, Troy Caton, Tara Caton and Laila McCormick.  In addition to his children and grandchildren, he is survived by his brother Robert Anderson and sisters Amelia Bohner and Margaret Cutchens.

James grew up in Dover, Florida and joined the Armed Forces of the United States at the age of 17.  He served his country as a sharpshooter in Korea and received an honorable discharge in 1965.

Known as “Bud” or “Jim”, he had a determined work ethic and was highly skilled in a variety of trades.  This enabled him to have a diverse career from automotive body/mechanical repair to cable construction (owner/operator) to his final employment as an independent long haul transportation driver.  Despite his health issues, he was making active plans to return to work.

Though his health rapidly declined, an unexpected blessing came as he began reaching out to family and friends.  He desired reconciliation and peace which he lovingly received.  He requested that the Chaplain pray for him and his family and while in ICU, received the sign and seal of baptism.

A sinner like us all, he passed into glory a forgiven man, saved by grace.  Though he will be greatly missed here on earth, we grieve with the promised hope of seeing him again.



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  • Kevin Rogers says:

    I loved my Uncle Buddy and was happy to see him a few times recently. I tried my best to make sure I was there for him if he needed it and I know he was grateful.

    I am sad he has passed but also happy he is in no pain and with his family that passed before him. One of those he is rejoicing with is my mom Betty (Anderson) Rogers. I know it was a joyous reunion with his parents and sisters in Heaven the day he crossed over.

    He will forever be missed.

    Until we meet again, Rest In Peace.

  • James Anderson says:

    Dad I’m going to miss you I love you very much I’ll always be with you in spirit I love you bye

  • Robert R Anderson says:

    So sorry for my loss of my brother Buddy Anderson! I was only one who helped him get thing none.

  • Gloria Hodge says:

    To mine and Buddy’s children, Tina and Buddy, I cannot take away your pain, but I will always be here for you. Always keep the good memories close to your heart. Take comfort in knowing that those we love will be reunited one day. I pray for all his children and family members. Love Always and forever, Mom & Randy.

  • Larry Bass says:

    Jimmy was my brother in arms, we both served in the military honorably. He was also my brother in law and he always treated me with respect. We had a lot in common such as cars and different hobbies. He will surely be missed by a lot of people. I will surely miss you Jimmy, my friend. Larry

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