Tommie D. Anderson

Tommie D. Anderson

1938 – 2022

Tommie D. Anderson, 84, of Oklahoma City, OK went to be with her Lord and Savior in the early morning hours of Friday, December 16, 2022.  Tommie was born in Phil Campbell, Alabama on April 12, 1938, to J. William and Eula Mae (Nix) Gentry. She spent her younger years in Alabama before moving to Dowagiac, MI where she graduated from High School in 1956.

Tommie married Jeremiah “Jerry” Anderson on July 25, 1959, in Flint, Michigan, where they began their family and lived for eight years. Their first baby, Deborah Jean, was stillborn in February 1961. They later gave birth to two children, Ronald James on April 24, 1962, and Rhonda Jane on November 23, 1966.

In 1967, Transcon Trucking (Jerry’s employer) transferred the family to Oklahoma City. After his unexpected death in November 1968, Tommie transitioned from housewife to single parent, raising Ron and Rhonda on her own. In 1978, she began a part time job in the cafeteria at Webster Middle School and that became a lifelong career for her, and she retired from OKC Public Schools in 2003.

Tommie enjoyed babysitting her grandson and attending services at Wilmont Place Baptist Church where she loved to participate in the extracurricular activities to help others or simply attend a tour to view the Christmas lights.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Anderson; daughter, Deborah Jean; parents, William & Eula Mae (Nix) Gentry; brothers, James “Truman” Gentry and Donnie Gentry; sisters, Bobbie Bohn and Robbie Shaw. She is survived by her children, Ron (Jana) Anderson of OKC and Rhonda (Brad) Chandler of Edmond, OK; grandson, James Anderson of OKC; sister Gerrie (Bob) Pipe of Grand Rapids, MI; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Monday, December 19th, 2022 at the Matthews Funeral Home Chapel beginning at 2:00pm. Public viewing is to follow the completion of the service. Interment will be held at privately.

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