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The Life and Legacy of Lucille Anderson remembered


SYLACAUGA, Ala. – A large crowd gathered on the grounds of the Sylacauga Municipal Complex on Friday, June 14 to honor the life and legacy of the late Lucille Anderson for her many dedicated service contributions to the community.

A long roster of friends and family recollected heart-warming stories from their personal knowledge of her community service, exhibiting universal respect and appreciation.

June 14 was Anderson’s birthday. The 2024 celebration was also “Lucille Anderson Day,” as proclaimed last year by Mayor Jim Heigl.

She served long tenures on both the Sylacauga Planning Commission and the Sylacauga Beautification Council, and her volunteer work on the annual SAFE Community Thanksgiving project insured that its meal-sharing program had the resources needed to both survive and thrive, even through changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

It was noted that Anderson’s community service was inspired by her two favorite books – The Bible and the Emily Post Book of Etiquette. The passions those helped her display on an every day basis, very often inspired others to involvement. When the phone rang and her name appeared on Caller ID, you answered and followed the example she set for community causes. 

In her honor and memory, a Japanese Maple tree – grown from seed – was planted on the grounds of the city’s Municipal Complex, complete with an engraved marble plaque.

For all of her personal work on so many fronts, it is her special day and the permanent reminder of her work that will serve to keep Lucille Anderson’s legacy alive for the foreseeable future.

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