Velma Anderson

Velma Clessie Anderson

Saturday, January 28th, 1939 - Saturday, November 9th, 2019
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Velma Clessie Anderson, age 80 of McMinnville, Tennessee passed from this life on Saturday, November 9, 2019, at NHC HealthCare, McMinnville.

Velma was born Saturday, January 28, 1939 in Dayton, Tennessee, she was the daughter of the late Freeman Bishop and the late Loretta Campbell Bishop.

Velma is survived by her:
3 daughters - Sheila Cathey and husband David Cathey
D.J. Hall
Christine Brower and husband Michael
2 sons - Jeff Hall and wife Belinda
Bruce Marshall
8 grandchildren - Kristie Lynn, Shania, Belinda, Nicholas, Ayden, Dominick, Kaylynn, and Lillyan
2 brothers - Larry Bishop
Win Bishop and Nikki Bishop
Many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends also survive.

In addition to her parents, Velma was preceded in death by her husband Al Anderson, and a daughter Belinda Gay Hall.

Funeral service will be 2 PM Wednesday at the Gardens of Memory Funeral Home with Dorris Huges and Tim Deason officiating.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, at Gardens of Memory Funeral Home, 415 North Chancery St., McMinnville, Tennessee.

In Lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Lexington, KY or the American Heart Association, in her memory.

Shriners Hospital for Children 110 Conn Terrace Lexington, KY 40508
American Heart Association 410 W. Main St. McMinnville, TN 37110

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, November 13th, 2019 | 10:00am - 2:00pm
    Wednesday, November 13th, 2019 10:00am - 2:00pm
    Gardens of Memory Funeral Home
    415 North Chancery St.
    McMinnville, TN 37110
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Wednesday, November 13th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Wednesday, November 13th, 2019 2:00pm
    Gardens of Memory Funeral Home
    415 North Chancery St.
    McMinnville, TN 37110
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Dorris Huges
    Tim Deason


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Sheri Robertson

Posted at 05:19pm
One of my fondest memories of Velma is when I was getting married, she pulled me aside one day, looked me in the eyes to make sure I was listening, and told me that the most important thing in a marriage is communication. I took that to heart and just celebrated my 20th anniversary. She was such a hoot to work with and I feel lucky and honored to have known her. My thoughts are with you Sheila, Christina and family.
Love, Sheri

Jackie McKinney

Posted at 03:26am
I'm Jackie. Velma is my first cousin, daughter of my favorite uncle on my father's side. Our folks have all crossed over and so now has she, but the memories...oh the memories will live on. The family reunions were the best. Our relatives came from the four corners, young and old, anxious to talk, eat, rejoice, and share family photos. There was a lot of hugging and we loved one another in the moment till we met again.
As I recall, the 70s were wild and free. One of Velma's favorite tales to tell was of the summers at "Hack Crabtree's Place," a bar near the nuclear plant in Spring City. With a live band on the weekends and bring your own bottle...well it just made good sense to show up there on a Friday and Saturday night eager to drink a few and cut a rug to live music. The "Bump" was the rage. Velma was a looker and three times a lady - always a good friend with a great sense of humor. She will be missed by all.
I loved her and she loved me and I am honored to have known her. We shared secrets she took to her grave as will I when my time comes. What was not a secret was how much she loved her children. We called her Velmer a lot of the time just for fun you know. So rest in peace now and save me a seat Doll, just like old times. Blessed be, Cuz.

Judy Rissmiller

Posted at 11:30am
My sincere condolences to the entire family, Velma was the heart of the family and will be missed greatly. I pray God has you in his arms and you are well and at peace.


Posted at 09:40pm
This wonderful lady I had the pleasure of calling Momma for many many years .Day 1 as a little girl she treated me like her own & Momma always knew when me & Sheila was up to no good and when she got 1 she got us both.Im proud today from a lil girl to a grown woman that Momma still love me as 1 of her own. Momma you go fly high and get them wings you deserve . I love you and I will miss you so much

Laura Scroggins

Posted at 07:43pm
Aunt Velma was silly and a nut she could always make you smile. She was loving and caring. I learned a lot from her. I will forever miss her.

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