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Carlton Anderson
(1970 - 2010)


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Name: Carlton Anderson
Gender: Male
Age: 40 years old
Lived: Friday, 20 March 1970 - Sunday, 29 August 2010

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Services will be held on October 1st, 2010 at 10:00AM
Shepherd Of the Hills
19700 Rinaldi Porter Ranch, CA

Those who wish to make donations in Carlton's name can give to AIDS Project L.A. an organization he was a great advocate for.  Go to  and when filling out the donation information online, there is an option to make the gift a tribute. Checks can also be mailed.

Carlton Anderson arrived in this world on March 20, 1970. Born prematurely, at 8 months and 5 lbs., 6 oz., it was evident that he was going to be a ball of fire.

He was the child of a single mom and it was he and his 19 year old mother, Maxi, against the world. They grew up, so to speak, together. For the first 4 years of his life, Carlton lived in the small steel mill town of Midland, PA with his grandmother and grandfather Willie Mae and Herman Anderson during the week. Meanwhile, his mother went back to college to get her degree so that she could support herself and her son. Maxi would get home whenever she could on weekends to see him or have him at the school with her. Carlton was an adored child and he was blessed to have 2 mothers who greatly influenced his life, Maxi & Willie Mae. His grandfather, Herman, adored him but unfortunately passed away when Carlton was only 4 years old.

Upon Maxi’s college graduation, she and Carlton moved to Los Angeles where she could pursue a career in the entertainment industry. Many times while Maxi had to travel in her work as a background vocalist, Carlton went back to PA to stay with his grandmother. He was close to his mom and the separations were very difficult for the both of them.

When Carlton was 8 years old, his mom was able to permanently keep him in CA with her. At 10 years old, he would finally have the wonderful father he’d always wanted. Maxi married Frank Anderson in 1980 and he became Carlton’s stepfather. Never having a relationship with his birth father, Frank became that parent to Carlton. Seeing them together, no one would’ve ever guessed that they weren’t birth father and son. Frank went on to become a stabilizing force in Carlton’s life. It was a relationship of mutual love and respect until Frank preceded Carlton in death on May 27, 2010.

Carlton attended and graduated from Van Nuys Performing Arts High School in 1988. He was a student in the vocal music department where he was a member of the talented Vannaires singing group and performed in musical productions. Upon graduation, he attended CSUN on a scholarship from 1988 – 1989 as a Voice Major. After one year, he decided that he wanted to take a break and work in the “real” world.

In addition to being a gifted vocalist, Carlton always had the gift and head for numbers and excellent “people skills”. Fortunately, a dear family friend recommended him for an entry payroll account managerial position at Mary Tyler Moore productions, where he worked from 1990 – 1993. He learned so much at MTM that it enabled him to embark on a long-running and rewarding career in the accounting profession for 20 years.

At first, Carlton worked in payroll at some of the top entertainment companies. These positions led to project management and, eventually, to accounting. One of his greatest joys was becoming the accountant for his church, Shepherd of the Hills, where he worked until the Lord called him home.

His resume encompasses: (From 1993 – 2010)
BLUE SKY/VIFX (A subsidiary of Fox Filmed Entertainment) Accounting Manager
RHYTHM & HUES STUDIOS HR & Payroll Consultant
BUNIM/MURRAY PRODUCTIONS Senior Production Accountant
SHEPHERD OF THE HILLS CHURCH Accounting Manager (July 2002 – 2010)

Those who knew Carlton knew his wonderful sense of humor. He had a “ghetto” nickname for everyone and he was always making people laugh and smile. He brought much joy wherever he was.

Those who knew him also knew of his great life’s journey. He felt truly blessed to be able to share his testimony of being raised in a Christian family, straying far away from his upbringing into the dark side of the Hollywood scene, but eventually coming back to his Christian roots and rededicating his life to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, when he walked through the doors of Shepherd of the Hills Church in 2000. Carlton’s life was a living testimony of what can be done through the love of Christ.

He was embraced and loved by his Shepherd of the Hills church family where he served as the Manager of Accounting, a member of the Worship Team, and one of the Worship Leaders at Shepherd’s Woodland Hills Campus under Pastor Caleb Kaltenbach. He had a heart for ministry and had begun to develop a ministry for widows and orphans just as he fell ill. He dedicated his life to the Lord, his family, his church, and his church family.

We will all miss him but we know that he will be at the Gate of Heaven smiling, singing, and dancing to welcome us when the Lord calls us home.

Carlton leaves behind his mom, Maxi Anderson, his sister Chyla Anderson, stepsisters Sherri Bruce and Jacqueline Brown, and stepbrother Kevin Anderson. His aunts Geneva Hosey, Marion Taylor, Claire Stinson, and Ernestine Anderson. First cousins, Denyse McCombs, Dennis Hosey, Danielle Weng , Tawana Sligh, Tanya Elmore, Fredricka Stewart, Carlette Whitman, Vicki Jordan, Lynne Stinson, and a host of other cousins, relatives, and friends who all loved and adored him.

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Fathers Name: Frank Anderson
Mothers Name: Maxi Anderson
Siblings Names: Chyla Anderson
Country of Birth: USA
Country of Residence: USA
City of Residence: North Hollywood, CA
Occupation: Accounting
Marital Status: Single
Religion: Born Again Christian


Other Interests:
Singing, Music, and Ministry...and bringing joy to all who knew him.


Place of Passing: UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
Date of Passing: 29 August 2010
Cause of Passing: Complications from liver failure
Type of Funeral: Memorial Service
Funeral Location: Shepherd of the Hills Church, Porter Ranch, CA
Funeral Date: 1 October 2010

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