Melvin Dewayne Anderson, Sr., 82, of Williamsville, Mo., passed away Friday, May 19, 2017, at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.
Melvin was born Dec. 18, 1934, to Harrison and Alpha (Keele) Anderson.
Melvin grew up in the Williamsville area and attended school there. He learned to play guitar as a child and it stuck with him his life through. He had played with the Black River Bottom Boys and enjoyed singing as well. As a young man, he had a strong work ethic and began driving dump trucks in Wayne County at age 14. He moved to St. Louis and began his career with Strickland Trucking as a long haul refrigerated box truck driver. After Strickland was purchased by Wilson Freight, Melvin stayed with them until retirement. In retirement years, he enjoyed fishing.
He married Margaret Cacciotta, and to this union three children were born. He later married Ada Jewell Dees Sept. 10, 1991.
He is survived by one son, Melvin Anderson, Jr., and wife Katrina of Williamsville, Mo.; two daughters, Denise Bennett and husband John of Greenville, Mo., Clarise Barton and husband Doug of Smyrna, Tenn.; eight grandchildren, Josh Brown, Donald Barton, Melvin Anderson III, Tiara McClure, Ciara Anderson, Cody Bennett, Brittney Bennett, Bailey Bennett; four great-grandchildren, Melvin Anderson IV, Brayden Anderson, Austen Anderson, Landen Anderson; three brothers, Elden Anderson, Bill Anderson and wife Linda, Butch Anderson and wife Judy, all of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; and one sister, Betty Bowman of Williamsville, Mo.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife Ada Jewell and two brothers, Ben and Ronnie.
Visitation was held from 1-2 p.m., Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at Ruegg Funeral Home, Williamsville, Mo. Funeral services followed at 2 p.m. at the Williamsville chapel. Pastor Richard Sanders ministered to the family. Josh Brown, Melvin Anderson III, Donald Barton, Christopher Anderson, Doug Anderson, Willie Anderson, Wayne Anderson and Scotty Anderson served as pallbearers. Burial was at Dees Chapel Cemetery, near Williamsville, Mo.
Online condolences can be made at www.rueggfuneralhomes.com