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Eddie C. Anderson Jr. was born in Opelika, Alabama, on February 18, 1963, within the holy matrimony of Eddie C. Anderson, Sr., and Helen L. Kindred.
In search of a better life, at the age of six, his family relocated to Chicago Illinois for a year or so then moved to Benton Harbor, Michigan. Within this small, beloved community on the shores of Lake Michigan, Eddie grew into adulthood surrounded by family, friends, and faith.
Eddie accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church where he served in the choir, Junior Usher Board, and with great stage fright, stood before the congregation and delivered his annual Easter speech. Young Eddie loved growing up in church, he enjoyed walking with his siblings to Sunday School and stopping at the candy store on his way home. He always said his childhood theme song would be “I Wish” by Stevie Wonder. In accordance with God's will, Eddie grew in faith over the years and it was this faith that he called upon many times in his life as he navigated through circumstances beyond his control, learning to trust in God with all his heart and lean not to his own understanding.
Eddie was educated in the Benton Harbor Public School System, a popular student amongst his peers; he was a track and football star at Benton Harbor Junior High and graduated Benton Harbor High School in 1981. He poured continuously into his hobbies of painting and Djing, sampling music, and staying up on the latest records. He married his high school sweetheart Jacinda Robinson, attended Lake Michigan College, and then enlisted in the US Army, becoming Platoon Leader and advancing to the rank of Sergeant within two short years.
He was stationed in Hawaii during his seven-year military career before relocating to Fayetteville, North Carolina for a number of years and finally settling in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Eddie Anderson, naturally friendly and humorous, never met a stranger and was a well-known, hardworking man who consistently maintained a good job. Eddie worked as a Security Guard at Kalamazoo Central High School for a couple of years, where he engaged with the youth and spread wisdom among his children’s peers. He also held positions as a supervisor at Rocco Turkey Plant in Fayetteville, NC, and JBS in Plainwell, Mi.
Early in his career, Eddie worked his way through high school at the Benton Harbor Public Library as a Research Assistant and Community Liaison driving the Book Mobile to community parks and neighborhoods. He was known as “Fast Eddie” during his days as a DJ for summer festivals at Jean Clark Park and other private events, weddings, parties, and family reunions, and spinning at The Zodiac Club. Kept a Chess Board with him or a set of Domino’s, always prepared for a good challenge or competition with another brother. After a lifetime of working, Eddie spent his last few years of working with WLP Security and then retired and spending the remainder of his days in fellowship with family and friends.
Having completed all the Lord sent him into this world to do as a covenant keeper to his children, a kinsman redeemer to his family, a man of valor to his community, and a friend to us all.
On July 6, 2022, by faith Eddie C. Anderson Jr, stood on 2 Timothy 4:7-8 “I have fought a good fight, I have finished My course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”
Eddie is survived by his children; Shonitha Knight-Anderson Houston, Texas, Eddie C. Anderson III Kalamazoo, MI, O’Ryan Anderson Benton Harbor, MI, Troy Anderson (Tra’Shenna) Lansing, MI Grandchildren; Xavier Plair, Sanai Plair, Eddie Anderson IV Beloved Mother, Helen L. Parker. Siblings; Billie C. Anderson Benton Harbor, MI, Sara L. Anderson-Green (Atlanta, GA), Stanley B. Anderson (Washington, DC), Wesley J. Parker (Nina) Benton Harbor, MI Nieces, and Nephews; Ericka, Anton, Ray, Tyler Randell, Billie II, Conner, Courtney, Tyler Joshua, Michael Zion, Stanley II, Madalyna, Wesley II, Latham. A host of Great Nieces/Nephews, Friends, and extended family. Best Friends; Jamie Pitts, Donya Coleman, and Ben Thomas NC. Special Friends; Adam Baylis, Minister William Alexander, Takesia Thompson, and Mona Thompson Pet Dog; Nyla
Eddie was preceded in death by his Father Eddie C. Anderson Sr., Second-Father Lawrence C. Parker, beloved Niece Tahtyanna Anderson, Paternal Grandparents James, and Carrie Anderson, and Maternal Grandfather Menzie Kindred.