Lois Ruth Smith Anderson peacefully passed away on Friday, October 4, 2013 in the home built by her Grandfather, and where she had many childhood memories. She reflected that she “courted” her husband, John in the parlor. Mrs. Anderson was born to Norman and Vora Smith on December 6, 1919. She is preceded in death by her husband John O. Anderson, brothers Norman Smith and Warren G. Smith, and a sister, Ruth Lucille Smith Whittaker, Clark. Lois leaves behind a sister, Wands Smith Briggs and numerous nieces, nephews and their families, as well as her foster children, the Baker family.
Lois had a long career as an educator. She began her career teaching in a one room schoolhouse at Cherry Hill. Lois then taught at Baxter Seminary and David Lipscomb and then for many years as a professor of English at Tennessee Technological University, from where she retired.
Mrs. Anderson was an avid community leader and was very active in Silver Point Church of Christ, as well as Jefferson Street Church of Christ. After her retirement, Lois volunteered thousands of hours at Cookeville Regional Hospital. She and her late husband, John were both very active in the Republican Party, both serving as delegates at national conventions; Lois was also elected as TN State Republican Chairwoman.
Memorial services for Lois Ruth Smith Anderson, age 93, of Silver Point will be held at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, October 13, at the Silver Point Church of Christ.