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Melba Lampley Anderson

October 9, 2017

On Monday, October 9, Melba Lampley Anderson shed her old body and took on the new. She died peacefully at home surrounded by her family, following a prolonged bout of multiple illnesses.Melba graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Home Economics and a major in child development. She loved children and lived for hers. Following graduation, she taught nursery school for two years at the old Bell House School on East Main off Gay Street in downtown Knoxville.She taught the five-year-old Bible class and kept the nursery for many years at Laurel Church of Christ.Melba was preceded in death by her mother and father, Ethel Jane and Herman Otis Lampley of White Bluff. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Joe W. Anderson and her children: Ron and Renee Anderson of Knoxville, Melany and John Cox of Knoxville and Russ and Cindy Anderson of Dallas. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Katie Anderson, Taylor Cox, Nick Anderson, Hannah Anderson, Leigh Anderson and Jay and Emily Cox.A funeral service will be held on Thursday at 4:00 pm at the Rose Mortuary officiating will be Minister Mike Buckley and family will receive friends before the funeral service starting at 3:00.  There will also be a visitation Friday, October 13, 2017 from 2pm-3pm at Luff-Bowen Funeral Home in Waverly, Tennessee.  Graveside service to follow in the Anderson Cemetery in Hurricane Mills, TN. Officiated by Bro. Jeff Keele.Melba spent her life in the service of her family. She loved to attend football games, swim meets, dance recitals, hockey games, school shows and the UT Pike house to help clean up after events. She was anxious to hear and share about her children and grandchildren wherever they were around the country and at some points around the globe. She was determined to live with dignity and choose to die the same way. We have consciously omitted the year of her birth or her age because she spent her entire life not answering that question. Frankly she would say "none of your business". Therefore, we will continue to honor her request   
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