On Sunday, May 15, 2022, our beloved Elizabeth (Liz) J. Herring earned her wings. She fought a good fight, ran a great race with strength and dignity, grace and poise. Praising God all the way.
Liz, as we affectionally called her, was born to Ernest James Anderson and Mary Elizabeth Anderson in Ozark, AL on February 6, 1949, and was the oldest of seven children.
Liz accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at a young age and was a member of Greater Sardis Missionary Baptist Church (“Greater Sardis”) until her late teens when she moved out of state. While at Greater Sardis she participated in Sunday School, the Junior Choir, and the Junior Missionary Society. Every year she was one of the youth delegates to attend the Southern Baptist Conventions. She also served on the Hospitality Committee at the Body of Christ Church in Fayetteville, GA for many years and would also occasionally assist the Outreach Ministry at Youth Detention Centers.
She received her primary education in the public school system in Ozark, AL. After graduating from high school, she attended Howard University in Washington, DC and earned her Bachelors’ Degree in Sociology; thereafter, earning her Master’s Degree in Business and Public Administration from Southeastern University in Washington, DC. Her career included Financial Management in the Washington, DC area in the banking industry; Fundraising Management for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN; Retail Management in Georgia; and Sales Representative at a Marketing and Distribution Corporation in Georgia. She also did volunteer work with a literacy evening program to help adults learn to read.
She was married to James D. Herring (until his death) and born to that union was one son, Dominic James Herring, a faithful, loving, endearing and dedicated son who stood by his mother’s side until the very end. Preceding her in death were her husband James D. Herring; father, Ernest James Anderson; mother, Mary Elizabeth Anderson; and sister Anna Ruth Rhodes-Vivour.
She leaves to cherish her memory her son, Dominic James Herring (affectionally called DJ), five siblings – Tina Flowers, Martha Duncan, Kenneth Anderson (Debbie), Keith Anderson (Maxine) and Lee Ann Brumfield (Clift), and a host of nieces and nephews, uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.