James "Big Red" Anderson

 
 

James "Big Red" Anderson was born April 8,1925 in Augusta, Georgia to the late James and Gladys Anderson.  He had three siblings.

 

Blessed with great vocal cords, tenacity, perseverance and a special anointing from God, "Big Red," as he is lovingly and affectionately called, traveled around the globe singing traditional gospel songs with the renowned Swanee Quintet since the early 40's lifting the name of Jesus Christ.

 

James was a long time member of the Silver Bluff Baptist Church.

 

During his life, James wrote many songs performed by the group.  These songs would not only uplift your spirit, but encourage your soul.

 

James had performed in places as prestigious as Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden, Apollo Theater, and the House of Blues to name a few.  He performed with gospel icons such as Shirley Caesar, The Mighty Clouds of Joy, The Canton Spiritual, The Williams Brothers, and the Blind Boys.  He also received recognition from Bill Cosby, the Reverends Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, Lou Rawls and many dignitaries the world over and of course our own James Brown.

 

When he wasn't traveling he enjoyed fishing.

 

His motto, "When men say you can't tell him, with God you can."

 

He leaves to cherish his memories his wife; Willie Mae Anderson, one brother; Overn (Dorothy) Anderson of Augusta, Georgia, two step-daughters; Mary E. Bunyan of New York, New York, Delores Williams of Suitland, Maryland, a devoted godson; Eddie "School Boy" (Chastady) Bynes, one sister-in-law, god daughter; Elenora (Redd) Collins, four step grandchildren, three step great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, family members and friends.

 
    
 

Order of Service

 
 

Rev. Dr. Sam Davis, Presiding

 

 

PRELUDE

 

PROCESSIONAL ..................................................................................The Swanee Quintet Musicians

 

MUSICAL SELECTIONS ....................................................................................................Mr. Frank Griffin

 

PRAYER........................................................................................................................................Rev. Shaw

 

SCRIPTURE

 

OLD TESTAMENT..............................................................................,.......................Rev. Karlton Howard

 

NEW TESTAMENT...........................................................................,..........................Rev. Jack Anderson

 

Recognition

 

The Honorable Tommy Boyles, County Commissioner

 

The Honorable Charles Walker, State Senate

 

MUSICAL SELECTIONS..............................................................The King Sisters of Hopewell, Virginia

 

MUSICAL SELECTIONS ................................................................................................Mr. Tommy Ellison

 and the Five Singing Stars of Brooklyn, New York

 

Reflections

(3 minutes, please)

 

The Honorable Henry Howard

Georgia State Representative

 

 

Order of Service Cont.

 

Sister Mary Kingcannon

 

Rev. Johnny Bussey Gary Willingham

 

Mr. Sterling Holloman

former Guitarist of Harmonizing Tour

 

Musical Selections Mr. Troy Ramey and The Soul Searchers

 

Reflections

(3 minutes, please)

 

Mr. Clarence Fountain

of the Five Blind Boys of Alabama

 

Deacon Charles Wiggleton

 

Mr. Lester White

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS......................................................................................Mrs. Thomasina Ketch

 

MUSICAL SELECTION......................................................................................................Swanee Quintet

 

Resolutions

 

Rev. George W. Stewart

 

Elder Troy Jackson

 

The President and Vice President

of the Gospel Quartets Convention

(Resolution actually presented by Attorney Joseph L. Smalls, Jr.)

 

MUSICAL SELECTIONS............................................................................................Mrs. Chastady Bynes

 

EULOGY.............................................................................................................Rev. Howard "Slim" Hunt

of Slim and The Supreme Angels

 

INTERMENT........................................................................................................Mt. Olive Memorial Park