Neva Walker Markham Anderson

Published 3:38 pm Friday, November 17, 2017

Neva Walker Markham Anderson, 91, of Spartanburg, S.C., died of cardiac issues on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017.

She was born Aug. 17, 1926, in Goldsboro, to the late James Henry and Bertie Toombs Markham. She and her sister, Hilda Lewis Markham, who predeceased her, remained close their entire lives and were best friends. She grew up in Mocksville, and later attended Mitchell College.

She met the love of her life, Henry Shaw Anderson, when she was 13, and they married during his medical school years. She later assisted him in his family medicine practice in Mocksville, coordinating radio calls for patients. Her three children were born during this time period and after her husband completed his specialization in radiology at the Medical College of Georgia, they moved to Spartanburg. Her years there were spent rearing her children, playing golf and bridge, and serving family and friends meals at field trial events, football tailgates, and at parties at their lake house. She was also an artist and seamstress, making most of her daughters’ clothes. She was known for her great sense of humor, quick wit, and ability to roll with the punches. Her favorite vacation was attending the Masters Golf Tournament, only missing it twice since 1958. For over 20 years she enjoyed attending the same fitness classes with her friends. Most of her Spartanburg years were spent with Evelyn Clowney by her side as friend and helper.

She is predeceased by her husband, Dr. Henry Shaw Anderson.

Surviving: her daughters, Pat Anderson Goforth and husband Larry, Cindy Laney and husband Dan, and son, Kyle Anderson and wife Lani; grandchildren, Danny and Kyle Laney, Ian and Dylan Anderson; nieces and nephews, Debbie Brown, Elizabeth Flynn and Charles Brown; step-grandchildren, Jacob Goforth, Amy and Jake Watson, and Ali Goforth and Willson Fisher; step-great-grandchildren Culler and Abby Goforth, Jacob and Grant Watson, and Allison Fisher.

Visitation will be from noon-1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19 at Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel, Spartanburg,. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Craig Price officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Spartanburg.

Memorials: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908 online at; or March of Dimes Upstate SC Division, 37 Villa Road Suite 317 B-123, Greenville, SC 29615 online at