A Final Good-Bye to Samuel Anderson

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Samuel Anderson was a 4 year old battling cancer for nearly his whole life. On November 4th Samuel lost his battle with cancer. We were invited to the funeral and learn more about this amazing little boy.

His parents says, "We feel blessed that out of all the millions of people that God could have picked from he picked us to be Samuel's parents. He gave us 4 and a half beautiful years and he gave him the best mama that anybody for ever wish for."

Even in their time of need, the Anderson's thought of others at the funeral dealing with Samuel's passing. They say that it's the power of God that will get them through.

"Well our faith in the Lord is getting us through and God has given us a peace that only he could do. We really feel like we need to be comforting the other people here instead of them comforting us"

Roy Anderson spoke for his family saying, "He passed away in his mama's hands and I thought how in the world could he have passed away any other way because he never left her hands"

He was buried with a lock of his mother's hair which was something he relied on as comfort. Now they hope he find comfort with the Lord.

Roy tearfully said, "He would probably be playing with the Lord's hair twisting it around and saying would you please take care of my mama to make sure she is okay. He loved his mama and he had the best mama."

The family remembers the wonderful traits that Samuel had and how his memory will live on. His mother said "He was a singer. He sang a lot and he loved other people even when he was so sick"

The love that Samuel had for others was seen even when he was suffering. Now that love is reciprocated back to the Andersons as they explain the out pour of love from the community.

"Somebody put some money into an account to help pay for his funeral and we don't even know who they are. But thank you for doing it because it was exactly what we needed"

Also, the family wanted to say something to you, the viewers.

"We love you all. We thank you all and you can continue to pray for healing for my children, my wife and myself too. We miss him dearly but we're thankful for the time we had with him.

Samuel's service was at Temple Baptist Church in Fountain City. He was the youngest of 8 children and was born on May 2, 2006.

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  • by Aileen Location: Knoxville on Nov 9, 2010 at 10:05 AM
    I do not know Samuel but I feel like I should because of all the wonderful things Ms.Kent wrote about Samuel. It is such a wondeful thing that a small child should think so much of his mother.
  • by Jen Piazza Location: Pennsylvania on Nov 8, 2010 at 09:53 AM
    May God comfort this family and know that Samuel is cancer free and safely among the angels. I pray for peace during this time.
  • by me on Nov 8, 2010 at 09:46 AM
    God bless the Anderson family! They are so amazing and so strong. God has got them in His hands and I know He'll keep them there, comforting them as only He can! Samuel was such a blessing to ANYONE who knew him and even those who didn't. His life has touched and will continue to touch so many others! He was God's messenger that's for sure! Thank you WATE for doing these stories on little Samuel!
  • by Kristi Location: Knoxville on Nov 8, 2010 at 07:31 AM
    What a honor to know this family and to have learned valuable lessons from Samuel by his example.
  • by Hampton Location: powell on Nov 8, 2010 at 03:53 AM
    I worked at childrens hospital as a volunteer and we helped him by playing and stuff he was so sweet he will be missed


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