February 27, 2023, 86, Goldsboro –
Durwood Anderson, 86, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, February 27, 2023, at Kitty Askins Hospice Center surrounded by his family. He was the son of the late Herman and Minnie Hines Anderson.
Durwood was a faithful servant of Jesus Christ, exhibiting his faith as a member of Rosewood First Baptist Church where he served on their Deacon Board. Before moving to Goldsboro, Durwood and his family lived in Pink Hill for 35 years. There, he was a member of Christian Chapel Original Free Will Baptist where he also served on the Deacon Board and made many lasting friendships and memories.
After graduating from Mount Olive High School, Durwood later attended Crumpler Business School where he received a two-year degree in Accounting. In 1960, Durwood married his wife, Betty, and the two made their home in Pink Hill. As a member of the Pink Hill community, Durwood served his friends and neighbors on the Pink Hill Town Board for many years.
Employed with T.A. Turner and Company for 25 years, Durwood simultaneously owned and operated Anderson’s Bookkeeping Service. After T.A. Turner and Company closed, Durwood and Betty opened Anderson’s Department Store and later Anderson’s Hardware. Between the two ventures, they remained in business for 16 years. Following the closure of his businesses, he began working for Carolina Cash Registers where he remained until retirement.
In his spare time, you could find Durwood striking up a game of golf or a card game at Ramblewood Country Club. With a fierce competitive streak, he looked forward to winning as many games as he could. Durwood also enjoyed his time at the Pink Hill Airport where he received his pilot’s license and where he was a member of the Aero Club.
Over the years, Durwood sponsored many men’s and women’s softball teams (Anderson’s Department Store) and enjoyed watching them play each season.
In 1997, Durwood and his wife relocated to Goldsboro to be closer to family. Having extra time on his hands and always excelling in bookkeeping, Durwood began working for Carolina Data Systems. He enjoyed the flexibility of this job, as he could do it at home. He worked with them until he officially retired in 2021.
He leaves behind his wife of 62 years, Betty Lee Jackson Anderson; two children, Kim Anderson of Goldsboro and Kevin Anderson and wife, Paula of Greenville; two grandchildren, Jana Anderson and Kelly Anderson of Greenville; and one grand dog, Ella. Durwood is also survived by his brother, Billy Ray Anderson, and wife, Sheila Bell Anderson of Mount Olive; sisters-in-law, Betty Price Anderson of Mount Olive and Portia Bass Anderson of Faison; sisters-in-law, Joyce Jackson Grant (Ray) of Fruita, CO, and Sherry Jackson French of Mount Olive; and many nieces and nephews he dearly loved.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings and their spouses, Hubert and Bonnie Brogden Anderson, Adolph and Nellie Thompson Anderson, Bob and Dorothy Anderson Kelly, Kenneth Anderson, Kermit Anderson, Johnny, and Sue Anderson Head. He was also preceded in death by his grand dog, Leo.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, March 2, 2023, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home followed by a service to celebrate Durwood’s life at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel with Rev. Vernon Braswell and Rev. Craig Simmons officiating. The interment will be in Wayne Memorial Park.
Flowers are welcome or memorial gifts may be made to
Rosewood First Baptist Church 562 NC Hwy. 581 South Goldsboro, NC 27530
Christian Chapel OFWB Church 1213 Jonestown Road
Pink Hill, NC 28572
Kitty Askins Hospice Center
107 Handley Park Court Goldsboro, NC 27534
Services are entrusted to Seymour Funeral Home and Cremation Service. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.seymourfuneralhome.com.