Celebrating the life of

Barbara Cowan Anchors

May 14, 1927 - October 14, 2020

Barbara Cowan Anchors

Barbara Cowan Anchors, died Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at Savannah Square. She was born May 14, 1927 in Savannah to parents, Richard Woolfolk Cowan and Alfreda Goodwin Cowan.  A graduate with a BA in English from Armstrong and a Masters in Librarianship from the University of South Carolina, she was employed at the CEL Public Library, now the Live Oak Public Library for over 20 years, retiring in 1989. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Savannah. In addition to her parents she was predeceased by her husband of over 67 years, John Lee Anchors and daughter-in-law, Brenda Kay Anchors. 

She is survived by one daughter, Dorothy Elizabeth Usher (Steven) of Savannah; four sons, Arthur Lee Anchors of Raleigh; William Cowan Anchors (Marilyn) of Dunwoody; David Wynne Anchors (Bernette) of Savannah; and Richard Matthew Anchors of Savannah. She is survived by 6 grandchildren, Thomas Usher (Jill) of Savannah; Robert Usher of Warner Robbins; Kelly Gardner of Irvine; Michelle Kallenberger (Kris) of Cincinnati; Cassandra Pontenza (Jeff) of Atlanta; and Patrick Anchors of Dunwoody. She is survived by 6 great-grandchildren, June and Sue Usher, Korra and Duncan Kallenberger and Isaac Gardner and Liliana Potenza.

A private service will be held.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Live Oak Public Libraries, 2002 Bull Street, Savannah, GA.  31401 or First Baptist Church of Savannah, P.O. Box 9551, Savannah, GA  31412-9551.

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I am very sad to read this news. I worked with Barbara at the library and remember her well as a wonderful lady and fantastic cataloger of books. May God bless you her family, Diane Wilhelm

- Diane Wilhelm, Guyton, GA

Dear David, please accept our sympathies. May memories of your dear mother be a source of comfort and strength.

- Stephen and Cindy Gold, Jackson, NJ

I am sorry for your loss. May God strengthen you during this troubling time. I know she will be missed.

- Ralph Watson , Chesterfield, S.C.

Mrs. Anchors was our librarian at Palmetto Inn when we would play slam scrabble and we put down a word she would say that is not a word. She was such a pleasant person and she enjoyed playing all the word games and her favorite card game was split she would beat you every time. We will truly miss her at Palmetto Inn. My prayers are with the family. May God give you strength and comfort during your time of sorrow.

- Bennie Benniefield, Savannah, Georgia

Dear Dorothy and family, All of you are in our thoughts and prayers!

- Patti & Bruce Pharis, Irmo, South Carolina

I worked with Barbara at the library for all the years she was there. She was a wonderful librarian/cataloger. My thoughts are with the family, Hester McDonald

- Hester McDonald, Savannah, GA

Dear Dorothy and Family: Ken and I are so sorry to hear about your mother passing away. We are thankful that we had the pleasure of seeing her at Savannah Square this last year. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers in the days ahead. Love, Ken and Amelia McDonald

- Amelia McDonald, Savannah, GA

Mrs. Anchors was truly a delight and joyful person. She was easily going and very pleasant. A cheese sandwich will never been the same without pimentos. And putting together a jig saw puzzle will not look the same either. Those were just two of the things she express liking. We will miss her smiling and happy disposition here at Savannah Squares(PI). I am very sorry for your loss. You have my condolences.

- Evelyn Scott, Savannah, Ga

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel

  • A Private Service Will Be Held