William Thomas Anderson

Funeral services for William Thomas “Tom” Anderson, 82, will be held Saturday, February 20, 2021, at 2:00 P.M. at Bay Creek Baptist Church in Lumberton, MS with visitation beginning at 1:00 P.M. Burial will follow at Bay Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. 
Serving as Pallbearers will be Matthew Anderson, Nathan Hartfield, Jay Harper, Will Gipson, Haven Bryant, and Mark Hudson.  Honorary pallbearers will be Tim Parker, Mike Parker, David Parker, Howard Anderson, Danny Anderson, Lonnie Arthur Anderson, and Kyle Anderson.

Mr. Anderson entered his heavenly home, Friday, February 12, 2021, at Forrest General Hospital.  Born in Lamar County, MS, he was a fun-loving, joking, singing Christian that loved the Lord Jesus Christ, family and friends.  He truly was a “one of a kind” man, who loved people and enjoyed visiting them to have “a half cup of coffee.”  His witty spirit and fun nature was a reflection of his tender and compassionate heart.  Everyone in the community knew and loved “Tom Anderson.”  He was often called “the Mayor of Bay Creek Community.”

Tom graduated Purvis High School, Purvis, MS in 1956 and joined the National Guard, faithfully serving his country.  He was honorably discharged in 1960 after the death of his father to care for his mother and two younger siblings.

In 1964 he married Vera Gipson and began a career with Texaco Petroleum Company.  He and Vera were happily married for 34 years, raising three daughters, until her death in 1999. In 2001 he later married Dorothy Parker from Noxapater, MS, and was happily married 20 years.

His career with Texaco lasted 25 years until his retirement in 1989.  While working with Texaco he also maintained a farm raising cattle, swine, corn and watermelons.  Tom believed in working hard and upon his career retirement he continued serving in roles for Jack Morris Butane, Columbia, MS, Lamar County Road Department, Purvis, MS, Lamar County Bank, Purvis, MS, and Big Bay Lake, Lumberton, MS at different times.

Tom loved to travel and visit people including trips all over the South and fishing trips to Alaska.

He was a member of Bay Creek Baptist Church where he faithfully served in many roles to further the work of Christ to those around him.  He also served as a Mason.

He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lonnie and Bessie Anderson, Sr., first wife Vera Anderson and two brothers Gerald Anderson and Howard Anderson, all of Lumberton, MS.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Anderson, of Lumberton, MS; three daughters, Wanda (Rusty) Rawls of Lumberton, MS, Melissa (Steve) Bruntlett of Raleigh, MS, Kathy (Blake) Hartfield of Purvis, MS; three granddaughters, Miranda (Jay) Harper of Vicksburg, MS, Kristina Hartfield of Purvis, MS and Ivey Bruntlett of Raleigh MS; two grandsons, Nathan Hartfield and Will Hartfield both of Purvis, MS; one brother,  Lonnie (late Delores) Anderson, Jr. of Kake, AK and one sister, Betty (Glen) Bryant of Lumberton, MS. He is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, along with many dear, dear friends.

Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home in Hattiesburg, MS is in charge of arrangements. Attendants are required to adhere to CDC guidelines by wearing face masks and by social distancing.