Guy Forrest Anderson

August 6, 1940 - May 14, 2014

Guy Forrest Anderson, 73, passed away May 14, 2014. He was born August 6, 1940 to Henry Wallace Anderson, Sr. and Ruth Adelaide (Holly) Anderson in Memphis, Tennessee. He grew up in Memphis. Guy was an English professor at Middle Tennessee State University for thirty years.

He is survived by his son, Guy Anderson, Jr. and wife Cheryl of Farmersville, Texas; grandchildren, Guy Forrest Anderson III, Maxwell Wallace Anderson and William Spence Anderson; sister, Holly Smothers and husband Michael of Ripley, Tennessee and Ruth Elliott of Paducah, Kentucky; brother, Parker Anderson and wife Leslie of Memphis, Tennessee; several nieces and nephews

Guy was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Wallace and Ruth Anderson and brother, Henry Wallace Anderson, Jr.

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Guy Anderson was a profound influence on my life. In 1975, I was a student in his freshman composition class at MTSU. Through his encouragement, I became an English major, and he served as my adviser throughout undergraduate school. He was an excellent teacher and a kind man, generous with his time and talents. I think of him often as I teach the freshmen in my classes. Tom Tyner, May 19, 2014 Guy was my colleague at MTSU for his entire career. He was a wonderful teacher and a good friend. He will be greatly missed in the Murfreesboro area. Charley Durham, May 18, 2014 I have not seen Guy in many years, but early on he was an influential and inspirational character in my bicycling recreation and advocacy. When I was 35 years old I told him I wanted to be like him when I grew up. He was always helpful and a kind gentleman. Peace old friend. Mark Greenbaum, May 17, 2014 I was a colleague of Guy's in the MTSU English Department for several years and am saddened to hear of his passing. I always liked Guy. Kevin J Donovan, May 17, 2014 Please accept my sincere condolences in your loss, especially Ruth(ie). I feel blessed to have known Guy at Lambuth, and I can still hear his beautiful bass voice as we sang in the choir. I am better for having known him, and I share your loss. A gentle soul...a fine singer.. Oma Robinson Strickland; Lambuth '61, May 16, 2014 For as long as I've know Skook, I have always wished I could have taken one of his classes. What a grand style of speaking he had! The love our family has for Skook isn't simply unconditional love because he was family, the love is genuine because of who he was. May he rest in peace, and may his loved ones find joy in the memories. Dawn Smothers O'Sickey, May 16, 2014