A Celebration of Life will be held at Walters Funeral Home on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. for John Robert “Rabbit” Anderson, Sr., 76, who passed away on Monday, July 31, 2017. Pastor Ernest “Nubbin” Swanson, Jr. will officiate the ceremony. An hour of visitation will be held at 10:00 a.m. until time of service.
Survivors include his loving wife of 49 years, Nancy Kay Hurling Anderson of Lafayette; one daughter, Cindy Lea Couie and her husband Chris of Vidalia, LA; three sons, John Robert “Bobby” Anderson, Jr. and his wife Jamie of Denham Springs, LA, Wilbur Thomas “Tommy” Anderson and his wife Camila of Lafayette, and Brad Allen Anderson of Lafayette; seven grandchildren, Morgan Teetzel and her husband SSgt Nathan (USAF), Pvt. Michael Anderson (USMC), Connor Anderson, Cameron Anderson, Jacob Couie, Amn Andrew Couie (USAF), and Caylee Couie; one great-granddaughter, Adelynn Kathleen “Addie-Kate” Teetzel; ten siblings, Jerrall “Jerry” Mims of Baton Rouge, Martha Comeaux of Denham Springs, Dorothy “Dot” Sibley of Walker, Sheila Thompson of Livingston, June McDonald of Springfield, Jerome “Romey” Mims of Holden, Kay Taylor of Denham Springs, Kenneth “Kenny” Mims of Livingston, Rena Tardie of Zachary, and Dana Oglesby of Zachary.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edith Mims and Harry Thomas Anderson; his grandmother, Lillian Dooley; and his special aunt and uncle, Leona and John Irwin.
John was born in Woodville, MS on October 3, 1940. He was a member of First Lutheran Church-Lafayette. He worked over 40 years in the oilfield, providing for his family. He opened his heart and home to many children as a foster parent with the Lafayette Catholic Diocese. He loved Betty White, camping, fishing, trips to the casino, exploring the outdoors, and sharing his many artistic gifts and talents. He was blessed with the ability to make people laugh, and never met a stranger. He knew how to enjoy a good meal and loved spending time with his family. He remained a kid at heart, and even though he may have grown older, he never grew up.
At John’s request, his body has been donated for the advancement of science.
The family would like to extend special thanks to the staff of Evangeline Oaks Guest House and Heart of Hospice-Acadiana.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to Heart of Hospice-Acadiana, 1100 Bertrand Drive, Lafayette LA, 70506.
Walters Funeral Home, (337) 706-8941, 2424 North University Avenue in Lafayette, is in charge of funeral arrangements.