Henry Lee Anderson

Son of John Almos

Henry Lee Anderson10 (John Almos Anderson9, Susan Jane Damron8, Charles C. W.7, Wilson6, George5, George4, Lazarus3, George2, Lawrence1)  was named after his paternal grandfather,  Henry Anderson, and his material grandfather, F. Lee Walker.   He was the son of John Almos and Mary Margaret (Walker) Anderson.  He was called "Lee."

Lee was born 28 APR 1880 in Johnson Co., IL.  He moved to Metropolis with his parents and siblings sometime before 1900.  Lee married the widow Belle Munal on 6 JAN 1910.  The newlyweds are listed in the 1910 census for Metropolis, Massac Co., IL, taken in April of that year.  Lee is listed as 29, and as a laborer at the "bending works."  Belle is 25, her father born in Illinois and her mother born in Tennessee (more regarding this family later.)

Lee farmed a good part of his life.  He also worked in the local woodworking factory as a steam engineer and, during the latter of his 85 years, raised worms for the local fishermen along the Ohio River.  He and Belle raised their children in the little house at 1004 East Third Avenue, in Metropolis -- not far from the banks of the river and across the street from the baseball diamond.  Lee and Belle had six children.

The couple were married 55 years before Lee's death in 1965.  Belle was nearly blind and Lee had grown quite deaf.  Lee died of apoplexy and hypertension on 9 JUN 1965, and is buried at the IOOF Cemetery in Metropolis.  Belle survived her husband by thirteen years, dying at the age of 95, 19 JAN 1978.  She, too, is buried at the IOOF Cemetery.

Lee's son Robert Lee died as a young man.  Robert's son, Robert Warren Anderson, named both his sons after his grandfather -- Jeffrey Lee Anderson, born 21 MAR 1967, and David Lee Anderson, born 28 SEP 1981.

1930 Federal Census, Illinois, Massac County, Metropolis, East Third Avenue:

            Henry L. Anderson, 49, working at Lumber Co.,

            Belle Anderson, wife, 46

            John D. son, 19, working at Bending Co.,

            Robert L., son, 17, working at Bending Co.,

            Mary A., daughter, 15

            Dale, son, 13

            Harry R., son, 10

            Donald, son, 6

            Norval C. Anderson, uncle, 65, laborer, lumber co.

Obituary, p. 8, Metropolis News, 17 JUN 1965

Henry Lee Anderson, son of John A. and Mary Walker Anderson, was born in Johnson County, Illinois, April 28, 1880.  He departed this life at the Massac Memorial Hospital on June 9, 1965, at the age of 85 years, one month and eleven days.

On January 6, 1910, he was united in marriage to Isabelle Munal.  To this union six children were born.  One son, Robert, preceded him in death.

He accepted Christ as was united with the First Baptist Church of Metropolis in 1935. He had been a resident of Metropolis for about 60 years.

He leaves to mourn his passing, his faithful companion of 55 years, Belle; four sons, John D., Harry R., and Don, all of Massac County, and Dale of Baltimore, Maryland; one daughter, Mrs. Mary Haer of Baltimore, Maryland; three daughters-in-law, one son-in-law; ten grandchildren; four great grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Myrtle Wheeler of Reevesville, Illinois; several nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

The Rev. C.W. McHaney and the Rev. Louis Brinker conducted the funeral services Friday at the Miller Funeral Home Chapel.  Music was by Virginia Dunning and Pat Lunsford.

Pallbearers were: J.P. "Pal" Williams, Joe Sanders, Fred Bonfield, Wally Long, Robert White, and Oliver Russell.  Miller's Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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