Memorial services for Baton Rouge dentist Robert Anderson will be held at Berean Seventh Day Adventist Church, 4555 Fairfields Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802, November 10, 2015 at 1:00 PM. Family Visitation immediately following the Service. The family has provided this obituary by Freya Rivers.
Obituary for Robert Clifton Anderson, Sr., D.D.S.
(December 3, 1953 – November 4, 2015)
Robert C. Anderson Sr., DDS, was born in New Orleans at Flint Goodrich Hospital on December 3, 1953. He came into the world kicking and screaming and having his way while developing strong steadfast convictions that would not be deterred. For over 8 years cancer assaulted him daily. He fought with every ounce of his being while continuing to be a husband, father, provider, grandfather, servant and dentist to his community, and brother in Christ to his church family. The Lord gave him peace and put his body to rest on November 4, 2015.
Dr. Anderson graduated from Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry in 1980 following in his father’s footsteps, Civil Rights Leader the late Dr. Dupuy H. Anderson, Sr. They collectively gave mote than 70 years of Dental and Civic services to the Eden Park Community. Robert continued his father’s legacy of service to the underprivileged and the mission to spread the word of God.. Robert began a beautification project that spread for blocks surrounding the office at 3615 North Street well before the downtown development district was even an idea.
Robert and Denise were married on September 17, 1977. Their children are Robert Jr., Sara and Aaron. Robert Jr., the eldest, became a certified dental assistant and joined the office team following in his father’s footsteps. Sara received her Juris Doctorate from Southern University Law Center with honors, and the baby boy, Aaron, received his Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Southern University Nursing School.Although, Robert could not prevent the children from ever encountering some of the misfortunes and mishaps of life, he was always there to support them and give them the academic and spiritual foundations to succeed. His grandchildren Caleb and Christian Clarke and Aadon Anderson who called him Papa are being grounded in their Papa’s footsteps. Robert was so very proud of his children and their achievements which allow them to be independent and free to determine their own futures.
Robert lived his love of Christ with his every breath. He shared his love of Christ at his office with anyone who would stay long enough to listen. He generously provided free books to encourage interested listeners to embrace God. He enjoyed sharing with his patients Bible Readings for the Home. His favorite book was the Bible and The Great Controversy. He believed in taking care of his body through an active healthy lifestyle and encouraged and inspired others to do the same. He witnessed to everyone. In Our Father’s footsteps, Robert walked as a true Christian.
Robert is survived by his loving and devoted wife Denise of 38 years; his children Robert, Jr.; Sara, her husband Dedric Clarke, children Caleb and Christian; Aaron, his wife Jessica Harris Anderson, child Aadon; his mother Inez Anderson; sister, Freya Anderson Rivers, husband Griffin, children Monica Rivers, Shariba Rivers, husband Sundiata Mason and children Ausar and Assata; Sanford Hawkins-Rivers, Angela, children Asha, Kasi and Nyah Hawkins-Harrison; and LaMailede Moore; and brother Dupuy Anderson Jr., wife Michele and “Bear;” and niece Angela Anderson Thomas, her mother Donna Anderson, husband Bryan and child Mya Belle Thomas. Robert is preceded in death by his father Civil Rights Leader Dr. Dupuy H. Anderson, Sr. and his brother Ralph Waldo Anderson.