Services for Sonja and Jonathan Anderson set for today, Monday

A constituents services coordinator for the Louisiana Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General, she died at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 25, 2010, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center as a result of an accident.

She was 44, a resident of Baton Rouge and a native of Alexandria. Visiting at Greater King David Baptist Church, 222 Blount Road, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Sunday, May 30, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., with a celebration of life service at 7 p.m. Visiting continues at the church Monday, May 31, from 9 a.m. until religious service at 11 a.m., conducted by Dr. John E. Montgomery II. Interment in Roselawn Cemetery.

She is survived by her husband, Johnny Glenn Anderson; a son, Jonah Glenn Anderson; sisters, Linda P. Thomas, Janice P. and husband the Rev. Jerry Dailey, D. Elaine P. Paul and husband Michael, Debra P. Thomas, and Sabina P. and husband Clyde Irvin; brothers, David R. and wife Gayron Pullen, Craig S. Pullen, and Princeton C. Pullen; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and devoted friends.

She was preceded in death by her son, Jonathan Glenn; parents, the Rev. Samuel Will and Bessie Roy Pullen; sister, Pamela Suerella; and three brothers, Jerald Paul Pullen, Samuel Will Pullen and Daniel Ray Pullen Sr. She was a 1983 graduate of Peabody Magnet High School in Alexandria. She attended Northeast Louisiana State University and Southern University A&M College and was a member and founder of Greater King David Christian Couples Ministry and GKD Usher Ministry II.

A resident and native of Baton Rouge, he died at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 25, 2010, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center as a result of an accident. He was 2. Visiting at Greater King David Baptist Church, 222 Blount Road, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Sunday, May 30, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a celebration of life service at 7 p.m. Visiting continues at the church Monday, May 31, from 9 a.m. until religious service at 11 a.m., conducted by Dr. John E. Montgomery II.

He is survived by his father, Johnny Glenn Anderson; godparents, Mark and Letecia Miles; a brother, Jonah Glenn Anderson; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who adored him.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Sonja Pullen Anderson; paternal and maternal grandparents, seven uncles and an aunt.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Jonah Glenn Anderson Scholarship Fund at Regions Bank or in the c/o Southern University Alumni Association.

Arrangements by Hall Davis & Son Funeral Services, (225) 778-1612.

Alexandria native Sonja Pullen, son drown in home swimming pool Tuesday

Alexandria native Sonja Pullen Anderson of Baton Rouge and her 2-year-old son, Jonathan, died Tuesday, May 25, as the result of a drowning in a swimming pool in the back yard of their Baton Rouge home, according to published reports.

Anderson was the wife of Johnny Anderson, former chairman of the Southern University System Board of Supervisors.

Johnny Anderson released the following statement:

“My son Jonah and I want to thank the community for their prayers and the incredible expression of  support in our grief stricken dawn following yesterday’s tragedy. We also want to thank the emergency responders, doctors and nurses who worked to save my wife, Sonja, and our son, Jonathan.

Sonja was the light of my life. Her world was filled with caring for our 2-year-old twin boys Jonathan and Jonah. Her actions yesterday were a true testament to a mother’s love. Jonathan was a happy and outgoing little boy with unlimited potential.

While my heart is broken, I will lean on my faith in God and devote myself fully to the care of our son Jonah. We ask for continued prayers and privacy during this difficult time.”

Funeral arrangements have not been made at this time.