Published 5:00 pm Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Mr. James “Jim” Anners, 95, of Vidalia, Ga., died Saturday, June 18 in the Community Hospice House in Vidalia after a brief illness. He was born in Calhoun, Ala., grew up in Mt. Willing, Ala., and was a graduate of Hayneville High School in Hayneville, Ala. He was a U.S. veteran of World War II and the Korean War. During World War II, he was a boiler technician first class on the battleship U.S.S. Wisconsin BB-64. He was a graduate of Troy State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in education, and earned a master’s degree in math from the University of Alabama. He began his teaching and administrative career in Cullman, Ala., where taught and was principal for several schools in Alabama. In 1970, he moved to Vidalia and served as principal at Vidalia High School, and later retired from the Vidalia School System. After retirement, he accepted the headmaster position at Robert Toombs Christian Academy in Lyons, serving for four years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Vidalia and the Fellowship Sunday School Class. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara “Bobbye” Anners; a son, Randy Anners; and parents, William James Anners and Viola Garrett Anners.
Mr. Anners in survived by two sons, Mark Anners and wife Grace; and Danny “Deno” Anners and wife Robin, all of Vidalia; nine grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren.
The funeral service was held Monday, June 20 at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Ronald V. Hall Funeral Home with Rev. Scott Morrison and Rev. Bill Vansant officiating. Burial followed in Lakeview Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were Chris Anners, Garrett Anners, Jeff Anners, Scott Anners, Chase Collins and Landon Collins.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Fellowship Sunday School Class.
Flowers will be accepted, or memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church, P.O. 631, Vidalia GA 30475, or the Community Hospice Foundation. P.O. Box 2277, Vidalia GA 30475.
Ronald V. Hall Funeral Home of Vidalia was in charge of arrangements.