PHS alumnus enjoys her life as a pastor’s wife

Judy Anderson poses at Daily Street Baptist Church in Piedmont.

Trent Penny

Becoming a secretary was the career Judy Anderson pursued beginning in her teen years. It’s what her mother did. Her mother, Juanita Scott, worked at Superior Gas in Piedmont for over 40 years. After graduating from Piedmont High to assist in achieving her career goal, Judy attended Judson College in Marion, where she received a bachelor’s in secretarial science.

Thanks to another Piedmont High alumnus, her former classmate and husband, Ted Anderson, she’s now in a position in which she never saw herself. Ted is a pastor. Judy said being a pastor’s wife wasn’t something she ever saw herself doing, but “obviously it was in God’s divine plan for us to work together to further His kingdom.”

Ted has been named pastor at Dailey Street Baptist Church in Piedmont. His first Sunday will be Oct. 1. Judy is looking forward to attending Dailey Street for several reasons, one of which is the fact that she grew up in Piedmont and still has many friends there.

When she was in third grade, Judy began taking piano and took lessons through her first year of college. She had several teachers, but the one that made the biggest impact was Mrs. Mary Ellen Ginter, a piano teacher who lived down the street from Judy when she was growing up.

“Playing the piano and using the talent God gave me is one of the joys of my life,” she said.

After graduation from college, she was hired as the secretary in the School of Law Enforcement at Jacksonville State University. After two years, she left JSU and went to Federal-Mogul, where she worked 27 years. She returned to JSU in 2002, where she was a secretary in the math and computer science department and later for the associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. She retired in 2016.

Judy’s favorite things are reading, walking and spending time with her grandchildren: Haley, Madi, Will and Lily. She and Ted have three children –Jamie Anderson, who is married to Julie; Billy Hay, whose wife is Kara; and Andy Hay.

Because her mother worked and, for a while, attended Gadsden Business College at the same time, Judy had many opportunities to hone her cooking skills. She especially enjoys cooking lunch for all her family every other Sunday.

One of Judy’s favorite recipes came from her grandmother, Creole Cake. She also likes to prepare Taco Soup and Crockpot Mac and Cheese for her family.

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1 lg. onion, chopped

1 pkg. Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix

16 oz. can Ranch Style beans

16 oz. can stewed tomatoes

1 lb. ground beef, ultra lean

1 pkg. taco seasoning mix

16 oz. can pinto beans

16 oz. can corn

16 oz. can tomatoes with green chilies

   Cook meat. Mix Ranch dressing mix and taco seasoning mix with meat. Then, without draining, add all other ingredients. Simmer for 1 hour or cook in crock pot. Makes 12 servings



2 c. uncooked macaroni

½ stick butter or margarine, melted

3-4 c. shredded cheese (cheddar or 4-cheese blend)

1 can cheddar cheese soup

½ c. sour cream

½ t. ground mustard

Salt and pepper to taste

1 c. milk

   Boil and drain macaroni. Mix with remaining ingredients (hold out ½-1 c. cheese). Pour macaroni mixture in crock pot. Cook on low 3 hr. Remove lid and add ½-1 c. cheese to top of macaroni. Recover and cook for 30 more minutes. Great for a potluck dinner.


2 c. sugar

2 c. sifted all-purpose flour

2 T. (rounded) cocoa

1 t. baking soda

½ c. buttermilk

2 eggs

½ c. oil

1 t. vanilla

1 c. boiling water

   Sift dry ingredients into bowl. Add eggs, oil, buttermilk and vanilla. Mix 2 minutes at medium speed.

   Turn mixer on low speed, and add water slowly. Pour into greased and floured 13x9 pan.

Bake at 350 deg. for 25-35 minutes.


6 oz. can evaporated milk

1 ½ c. brown sugar (packed)

½ c. chopped pecans

½ stick butter or margarine, melted

1 can coconut

1 t. vanilla

   As soon as cake is done, spread frosting evenly over the cake.

Place under broiler and brown the top.