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Dr. James Anderson, Sr.

March 7, 1936 ~ February 18, 2019 (age 82)
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Dr. James Anderson, Sr. physician, and civil rights activist died on February 18, 2019, in Jackson, Mississippi.

Dr. Anderson was born in Jackson, Mississippi on March 7, 1936, one of ten boys and three girls born to Victor and Lillie Anderson. He attended Lanier High School, and while in the 10th grade earned early admission to Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. After graduating in 1956, Dr. Anderson entered Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee.

On December 27, 1959, Dr. Anderson married Selena Velma Helm in Jackson. Together, they lovingly raised three children. He was a devoted husband and father.

Dr. Anderson briefly had a private medical practice in McComb, Mississippi. He then entered the US Army and served as Chief Medical Examiner for the Recruiting Station in Syracuse, New York and as Company Commander of the 624th Medical Dispensary in Jackson, Mississippi.

Upon receiving an honorable discharge from the Army in 1963, Dr. Anderson established a private practice in Jackson. In addition, He was Director of Health at Jackson State University for more than thirty years.

In 1970, Dr. Anderson assisted Dr. Aaron Shirley in founding Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center, one of the oldest community health centers in the United States and the largest in Mississippi. Over the years, Dr. Anderson served not only as a physician at Jackson-Hinds but also as Medical Director and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Anderson held professional memberships in the National Medical Association, Mississippi Medical and Surgical Association, National Association of Community Health Centers, and the Mississippi Primary Health Care Association.  He is also a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the Monday Evening Club, and Alpha Phi Alpha and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternities. Dr. Anderson is a former member of the Board of Directors of The Algebra Project, Inc.


Family and Friends hour will be held on Sunday, February 24, 2019, from 5-7 p.m. at  Peoples Funeral Home Chapel, located at 886 N. Farish Street - Jackson, Mississippi

Funeral Service will be held on Monday, February 25, 2019, at 12:00 noon at Pearl Street A.M.E. Church located at 2519 Robinson Street - Jackson, MS 39209

Interment will follow at Garden Memorial Cemetery.

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