Old Town Club following the service
2875 Old Town Club Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Tuesday, Nov 14, 2017
First Presbyterian Church
300 North Cherry Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Tuesday, Nov 14, 2017
Oct 06, 1938 - Nov 09, 2017
Our beloved “Slow” passed away on November 9, 2017, and returned home to be with his Lord and Maker. He was known to those who survive him -- as husband of 54 years to Cynthia Finley Anderson; as father to Ruskin Gregory Anderson (Alice Chen Anderson) and Margaret Anderson Lavender (Stephen Blake Lavender); as “Paw-Paw” to his grandchildren, Victoria Corryne Lavender, Alexandra Claire Lavender, Cynthia Ferrell Lavender, Frances Elizabeth Lavender, and Nathalie Grace Lavender; as brother to Kitty Clay Young and Mary Lynn Anderson; as uncle to dear nieces and nephews, and as “Slow Roller,” “Doc,” “Cap’n,” and more, to dear friends and family. Dr. Anderson left a legacy of dedication, love, and humor.
He was a proud Spartanburg-bred, South Carolinian who dreamed of being a “Doc” since primary school. He finished undergrad in three years at Emory University and completed his medical school at the same alma mater in 1963. The following year, he moved to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to do his residency at North Carolina Baptist Hospital/Bowman Gray School of Medicine (now known as Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center). In 1968, he served as a Major in the U.S. Air Force and as Chief of Professional Services at the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base Hospital. After his military service, he returned to Winston-Salem to join the clinical faculty at Bowman Gray in 1970. In 1975, he joined the Lyndhurst Gynecologic Associates, practicing there until he retired in 2001.
Dr. Anderson raised the bar on excellent work with a generous heart. He actively served on many boards and societies, including the North Carolina Obstetrical and Gynecological Society, the Board at Forsyth Memorial Hospital and the Board at Novant Health. During his career, he served as a National Board Examiner for eleven years on the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Chicago, IL, as Chief of the OB/GYN Department at Forsyth Medical Center, and as President of the Forsyth Medical Staff. During his time as a clinical professor at Bowman Gray, he helped pioneer obstetrical ultrasound technology and helped establish Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s “sono school,” the Program for Medical Ultrasound, which today receives national recognition in the training and assessment of this crucial technology. Medical professionals often sought him for consults on complex OB/GYN cases.
After his medical career, he became a zealous seaman and explorer. “Cap’n” Anderson shared these adventures, such as the memorable trip of the InterCoastal Waterway from Florida to Maine, with a wide swath of friends and family (who served as first mates and yessir-ed him along the way). He explored deeply and widely all over the world, chronicling his findings to eager listeners and fellow travelers with curiosity, insight, and wit.
He was a devout Presbyterian, serving as a deacon, elder and adult Sunday School teacher at First Presbyterian Church of Winston-Salem, North Carolina and at First Presbyterian Church of Naples, Florida. Throughout his life, he quietly supported individuals and groups who inspired and moved him, including the United Way, the United Negro College Fund, Senior Services, and Crossnore School and Children’s Home. He lavishly gave in time, spirit, and wisdom to many and also felt so blessed by having his wife, his children and their spouses, and his grandchildren, along with his extended family. His wit, intelligence, love for life and feistiness will forever stay with us. We love you, Slow.
It is only fitting that Dr. Anderson/Cap’n/Slow has the last word:
“I wondered if my faith would be strong and helpful when I really
needed it. It was, and more importantly, He reached out to me.
That may have been my biggest lesson learned the hard way --
that Jesus is always there for wayward, needy people like me. I
should have said it more frequently when I could that when you
become in need, He will be there for you.”
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at First Presbyterian Church, 300 N. Cherry Street, Winston-Salem, NC, immediately followed by a reception at Old Town Country Club, 2875 Old Town Club Road, Winston-Salem, NC. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Crossnore School and Children’s Home, 1001 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem, NC, 27104, or First Presbyterian Church, 300 N. Cherry Street, Winston-Salem, NC, www.1stpres.com.
Online condolences may be sent to www.salemfh.com.
Jackie Brown Satterfield
I attended school with Stephen from Pine Street Elementary school through Spartanburg High and remember him as a fine young boy.
I knew back then that he would excel in whatever he attempted.
Please accept my condolences for your loss.
An old friend from Spartanburg
2 Corinthians 1:3,4 gives us the assurance that "the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies" is "the God of all comfort" and he "comforts us in all our trials". James 5:11b...God "is very tender in affection and merciful". Please accept my sincere condolences. Always remember God loves you and he cares for you! (Psalm 86:15; Romans 15:4) jw.org
I am so sorry to hear that the world has lost this great man. Not only did you deliver my son but I worked side by side with you in Labor and Delivery at Baptist. I was privileged to be able to witness the care and concern you showed all your patients. You laughed with them and you cried with them. Your humor I will always remember. You lived not far from me and would jog by my house then I would go in to work, lift up one of your scrub legs and say "yep that's the same skinny legs that ran by me yesterday". You were truly a friend, a professional, and one of the finest men I have ever known. You will be missed but you have definitely earned your wings. Fly high Doc!!!
So sorry to hear of Dr. Anderson's passing!! He delivered my daughter almost 26 years ago! RIP
Hi Cynthia wanted to let you know I am thinking about you and family
Karma R Pace
It is with great sadness that heard today of Dr Anderson's passing. He and Cynthia have been such great support and friends since I started pursuing my higher education until I reached my goals. Words can not express my sincerest gratitude. Cynthia I pray that you find some solace in the fact that you two have definitely changed lives and improved the world around you. Dr Anderson will definitely be missed.
Janet M. Carithers
So sorry for your loss. On January 16,1985 Dr. Anderson delivered my beautiful daughter Allison. I was in labor for 27 1/2 hours, and she had not moved down the birth canal. So, he decided to do a C-Section. I believe his words were “ Damn if I knew I was going to do this, I could’ve had a good nights sleep.” My answer was “ Hell I could been out of pain if you had done it earlier.”’ We both had a good laugh over that. I liked him because he was honest and to the point. Before I had my daughter, I was pregnant for 3 months when I started having problems. I got an appointment with him. He did a somagram and discovered that the sac in my uterus was empty. He was so kind when he told me what had happened. He told me that God’s way of correcting a mistake in nature. I will always remember his kind words during that time. He was so sorry that this
had happened. But I understood his strong belief in God. My faith in God grew even more! I will always remember him. My prayers and thoughts go out to his family and friends.
Please except my condolence in the loss of your love one. Phil 4:6, 7 will help you receive the peace of God. John 5:28, 29 gives further assurance Jesus will restore life to those who has died. These are wonderful blessings to look forward to knowing your loved one is in God's memory. Hope this thought brings comfort.
I am so very sorry to hear about Steve's passing. He was cheerful and optimistic through his dreadful ordeal. I will miss his twinkly smile when our paths crossed at the Fitness Center, and his (and your) appreciation of Chorale Concerts at First Pres. It was always so nice to see your friendly faces in the audience.
Please accept my heartfelt sympathy and love.
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Steve fought a good fight and kept such a positive attitute during his many ups and downs. I know you will miss him so very much but he continues to be there - his spirit is watching over you.
Russ & Susan Armistead
Cynthia, Susan and I are so sorry to hear about Steve's death. I was the business person at Bowman Gray for years and knew Steve during that time and when he was in private practice. He also took great care of Susan during and after a couple of difficult pregnancies.
Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Lindsay Carter Gray MD
One of the high lights of my time at Bowman Gray Medical School was to meet Dr. Anderson since he had delivered me in 1972. My mother to this day speaks so highly of him and what a great physician he was. In fact she tells the story about how she loved the shirt he was wearing while she was in labor with me so she ordered the same one for my dad! Ironically I am now an obstetrician...