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9/5/2021 4:15:00 PM
Donald "Donnie" Ray Anderson
November 12, 1949 - September 3, 2021

HICKORY, N.C. - Donald “Donnie” Ray Anderson, 71, of Hickory went to meet the Lord on Friday, September 3, 2021 at Catawba Valley Medical Center after an extended illness.

He was born November 12, 1949 in Caldwell County to the late Carl and Lethel Griffin Anderson. Donnie was a member of Burns Memorial Baptist Church in Valdese. He most enjoyed spending time with his wife and family. Donnie’s greatest passion was restoring old cars and building street rods. He also enjoyed spending time at the local Waffle House with the “boys” and hanging out at the garage with the guys.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Darius Anderson.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 19 years Patricia Grindstaff Anderson of the home; daughters Shana Brown and husband Buddy of Granite Falls, Sharon Raines and husband Frank of Claremont; sons Stacy Carswell and wife Lorie of Lenoir, Joseph Carswell and wife Teresa of Taylorsville, Nathaniel Carswell and wife Lauren of Greensboro; brothers Terry Anderson and wife Janice of Granite Falls, Kenny Anderson and wife Teresa of Florida; 17 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog “Mick.”

A service to celebrate Donnie’s life will be held on Monday, September 6, 2021 at 2:30 p.m. in the Chapel of Bennett Funeral Service, 7878 NC Hwy 16, Newton. Rev. Dwight Lowman and Rev. Tim Hayton will officiate. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. at Bennett Funeral Service in Newton.

Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607

Condolences may be sent to the Anderson family at

Bennett Funeral Service of Newton, N.C. is serving the Anderson family.

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