Purdie Anders, 93, died September 2, 2014 in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was born September 23, 1920 in Bladen County, North Carolina to the late Neal S. G. Anders and Calista Shaw Anders, the youngest of six children – sisters Estella Hollingsworth, Quessie Anders Drake and Bertha Anders Bridges; brothers Raymond H. Anders and Robert N. Anders (all deceased). He graduated from E. E. Smith High School in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Purdie immediately entered Saint Augustine’s University, graduating in 1942 with a B.A. in Biological Science. Graduate studies and marriage were interrupted by a tour of duty in the United States Army where he was stationed in Atlanta.
Upon completion of military service, he immediately married his college sweetheart, Thelma Hodge (Anders) on June 24, 1946. Their love and devotion to each other extended to their two children, Preston Oliver Anders and Thelma Yvonne Anders Gordon. Purdie and Thelma were married for 68 years until her death on March 22, 2014.
In 1948 Purdie returned to graduate school and completed a M.S. in Botany and Zoology at Howard University, followed by advanced study at Catholic University, New York University and North Carolina State University. His extensive teaching career started in Mount Olive and Washington, NC. He returned shortly thereafter as Associate Professor in the Science Departments of Shaw University and his alma mater, Saint Augustine’s University. Purdie was later named St. Augustine’s Director of Public Relations, and subsequently appointed Vice-President of Development until his retirement. He also served as the Administrative Assistant to President Whiting at North Carolina Central University. Purdie’s devotion to family was evident and demonstrated through his work in the church and his community.
Since joining Saint Ambrose in 1942, he served as its first Lay Reader and Service Leader during the ten years the church was without a priest. He also organized the Eucharistic Ministry and served on the Vestry and as Senior Warden for many years. He held leadership roles in Saint Augustine’s University Alumni Association, the Masons, the Shriners and Raleigh Sertoma Club.
He leaves to celebrate his life: son Preston O. Anders (Patricia) of Raleigh, daughter Yvonne A. Gordon (Cecil) of Greenville, Delaware; granddaughters Patrice Hockaday and Kimberly Hockaday of Raleigh, and Cecily Gordon of Greenville, Delaware; grandsons Rashon Anders of Raleigh, Preston Anders, Jr. (Lisa) of Raleigh, Hassan Anders (Halyma) of Durham, and Clifton Gordon of Greenville, Delaware; great-grandchildren Ashley, Armone’, Tanae’ and Braylon; and a host of devoted nieces, nephews, cousins, alumni and friends.
The Burial Rite and Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 20, 2014 – 11:00 AM at St. Ambrose Episcopal Church, 813 Darby Drive, Raleigh, NC 27610. Visitation and Reflections will start at 10:30