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Francis Anderson

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Francis Walker Anderson, loving husband, father, and granddad passed away at the age of 92 in his home north of Wills Point Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020.

Francis was born May 5, 1928, in the old home place that sat on the same property as his current home to Jack and Adelle

Anderson. Francis attended Wills Point schools until the age of 17 when he joined the Navy and served four years. He often shared stories from his days on the USS Scurry and the USS Kearsarge, and the time he spent in the Philippines. He returned home and married Mary Joyce Sledge in 1951. Their three children were raised in Wills Point. In 1972, he married Celinda Ann Covington. Two girls were added to the family. During this time Francis did ranch and farm work, and owned and operated Anderson Tree Service. In 1957 he started his 28 years of service with American Airlines; traveling back and forth with a group of men from Wills Point to Dallas Love Field and later to the Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport. He retired in 1985. Francis loved to fish, go camping in their RV, play poker, and his dogs, Lucy and Levy. To cherish his memories, Francis leaves behind his loving wife of 47 years, Celinda Anderson; children, Deborah “Debbie” Joyce (Mike) Goggans of Wills Point, Robert Francis Anderson of Tyler, Elizabeth Ann (Ronnie) McFarland of Wills Point, and Amber Denise (Sam) Massey of Wills Point; grandchildren Kim (Shay) Britton, Mark Allen (Hope) Anderson, Cain Anderson, Nicole (Jon Bigham) Goggans, Amanda (Cory) Phillips, Rachel (Colter) Schau, Clayton Lowry, Laynee Massey and Corlee Massey; great-grandchildren Caidyn Anderson, Coy Anderson, Ramsey Anderson, Bransyn Anderson, Logan Schau, Brandice Phillips, “CJ” Phillips, Austin Anderson, Jax Anderson, Jocelyn Britton and Jax Schau; and sister Carolyn Jean Watson of Neches.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Jenny Adelle Harris Anderson and father, Felix Jackson Anderson; sons, Steven Dale Anderson and Felix Gerald “Jerry” Anderson; sister, Newton Adelle Atnip; and brother, Felix Jackson Jr.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, at Allan Fuller Funeral Home. Burial followed at White Rose Cemetery in Wills Point. Online condolences may be made at

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to South-West Palliative Care, 13140 Coit Road, #315, Dallas, Texas 75240 (817.857.8400).