Fallen Hero: Retired Staff Sergeant Charles Clifford Anderson


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Southern Funeral Home

1012 N Jackson St, Houston, MS


Friday, February 16,  5- 7 pm,  Southern Funeral Home


Saturday, February 17, 2024, 1 pm, Southern Funeral Home, Houston


Military Service Tribute, Honors, and Obituary 

Recognizing and Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard. “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten”

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation.

Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on February 13, 2024, and has moved on to his heavenly home.  Retired Staff Sergeant Charles Clifford Anderson, age 81, who had served in the MSARNG within Company A, 223rd Engineer Battalion has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord. 

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life. We now applaud you for your service to our country.  A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed: “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Soldier.  We applaud your patriotism, sacrifices, and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service. We thank you for your service. Without your efforts and your families’ support, our country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright, and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.

Another great Soldier has gone home, “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten, Soldier for Life”.

Obituary, Visitation, and Service details:  


Charles Clifford Anderson, 81, passed away on Tuesday, February 13, 2024 at North MS Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born in Calhoun City on March 4, 1942 to Charles Fred Anderson and Mary Irene Harrison Anderson. He was a member of Fellowship Nazarene Church in Houston.

Funeral services celebrating his life will be held on Saturday, February 17, 2024 at 1:00 at Southern Funeral Home in Houston. Officiating will be Brother Scott Samuel and Brother Cody Childress. Burial will follow in Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery in Woodland. Visitation will be held on Friday, February 16 from 5:00 until 7:00 at Southern Funeral Home.

Serving as pallbearers will be Linn Hughes, Clipper Nichols, Cody Childress, Brian Vance, Shane Malone, and Bobby Moore. Honorary pallbearer is Erik Vance. 

Southern Funeral Home is honored to serve the Anderson family.

Clifford served his country for thirty years in the Army National Guard. During his service he received the Sharpshooter Badge and went to Honduras to help build roads.  He had worked at Shannon Chair Company and Franklin Manfacturing. He retired from Franklin Manfacturing with over twenty years of service. He was a devoted husband to Sandra Brooks Anderson for fifty-nine years until her death on August 8, 2022.  He was a man of few words but really enjoyed spending time outside. He liked riding his tractor, bushhogging and taking care of his property. He also enjoyed squirrel hunting and would always have a pocket full of parched peanuts when he hunted. He was known as “Hoss” and “Andy” by many. However, his cherished nicknames were “Pa Clifford” and “Papaw” by his grandchildren.  He was a loving husband, father and grandfather that will be greatly missed. 

 Clifford is survived by his children, Anthony Anderson (Vickie) and Cynthia McKinney (John), both of Woodland; his brother, Clayton Anderson of Woodland; his grandchildren, Ashley Anderson, Drucilla Johnson (Jonathan), Brooke Martin (Sean), Erik Vance, Sommer Atkinson (Willie), Erin Vance, and Kaylee Anderson; his great-grandchildren, Milani Johnson, Snow Martin and three on the way.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Irene Anderson; his wife, Sandra Anderson; his sisters, Lacey Smith and Marilyn Smith; and his brother, Benny Anderson.

Online condolences for the family may be left at www.southernfuneralchapel.com