Essie Maud Clark was born in Cedar Grove to Agnes Browning Clark and Clayton Wesley Clark on March 21, 1919. Growing up on a working farm, she graduated from high school in Laurens County before moving to Macon. After completing Crandall Business College, she began her career of 39 years at “the base” (now known as Robins AFB and WR-ALC), soon after its opening in 1943. Additionally, she was instrumental in the founding of Robins Federal Credit Union, serving on their board for many years thereafter. In 1947, she married the late Guy Lancelot Anderson Jr. and moved to Gray. Immediately becoming an integral part of another very close-knit, loving family and community, she enjoyed the small-town lifestyle of a now bygone era. In her retirement, she found enjoyment assisting her dear friend, Vivian Lowe, in the management of Lowe’s Restaurant in Macon. As long as her health permitted, she volunteered for the Cherry Blossom Festival, Macon-Bibb Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Middle Georgia Historical Society, and Friends of the Library. Her slight stature made her animated enthusiasm and support for the Georgia Bulldogs and the Atlanta Braves most endearing.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Claire Anderson Jones (Don) of West Palm Beach, Fla.; sister-in-law, Dorothy Walker Clark of Cedar Grove; two nieces, Willouise D. Hamilton of Dublin and Gloria D. Moore of Rentz; two nephews, Monte Carter of Alamo and Ed Anderson of Macon; and several great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews. Mrs. Anderson was blessed to have had many devoted friends throughout the years, almost all of whom she survived.
The family would especially like to thank the staff of Carlyle Place for her care. Memorial donations can be made to Cedar Grove United Methodist Church, c/o Rebecca Moore, 2941 Chic Inn Road, Alamo, GA 30411.
Hart’s Mortuary and Crematory, Cherry Street, had charge of arrangements. Register online at www.hartsmort.com.