Starling “Al” Anderson


Starling Alexander Anderson, also known as “Big Al”, was born June 18, 1969 in Man, West Virginia to Starling Alexander Johnson and Ona May Anderson.

Al moved to Columbus, Ohio in 1971 and graduated from a Columbus Public School on June 2, 1988. He enjoyed traveling with his wife, Andrea and three daughters. He loved spending time with family and friends. He took pleasure in writing and rapping. He had his own mixtape, “Big Al’s Big Score”. Everybody that knew Al knew that he had a passion for the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Knicks. And that he knew how to have a good time! He departed from this earthly life on November 30, 2020 at the age of 51.

Al was a dedicated husband, loving father, caring son, big brother, cool uncle, fun cousin, and a good friend.

Al is preceded in death by his great grandmother, Bertha Wilson; great aunt, Cleo Wilson; father- in-law, Audee Roger Caldwell; uncle, Jerry Anderson; and father, Starling Alexander Johnson.

Al leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife, Andrea; three daughters: Tommara, Aniyah, and Sage; mother, Ona May; mother-in-law, Mary Teresa Caldwell; sisters, Kacey, Faye (David) Evans, and Sahara Simon; brother, Curtis (Phyllis) Johnson; grandmother, Rosetta Anderson; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Public Visitation 9-10:00am Private Visitation 10:00am Funeral 11:00am Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH, 2500 Cleveland Ave.

Interment at Evergreen Burial Park.


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Condolence Messages

  1. Sheilia Horton-Carter

    We will miss Starling’s presence at work. He is known to many of us as a “gentle giant.” There are no words to express this great loss. May you find comfort in your memories during your this time. May God bless you and keep you.

  2. Dear Andrea and Kids, The sound of Starling coming down the hall was always music to my ears: If Starling was in the house, all would be well! I called him countless times for help, and he always came through! Our little chats were delightful, and enlightening! We miss him terribly and grieve to think of what you all are going through. We will always remember and honor him at Mohun. May God be with you always and especially at this time!

  3. To the Family of Starling Anderson,
    I am truly sorry for your loss. Starling was a Big brother to me, and an amazing coworker at Dominican Sisters of Peace. Every morning he love to drink coffee and he would make his rounds through the building and would always come by say good morning, make sure “we were good” as he would always say with a big smile. No matter what he was always there to help, and lend a helping hand. Starling will be missed so much by all of us, and you all are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Sherri Holland

  4. Sister Gene Poore

    Dear Andrea and family,
    May the prayers of family and friends surround you and carry you all through these difficult days. The Dominican Sisters of Peace will really miss Starling. He was such a sweet person, so kind, gentle and caring. Starling always had a smile to share. Everyone at the Motherhouse will miss him.
    God bless you all and may Starling rest in God’s loving embrace.
    Sister Gene

  5. Beverly Brown, Angie, Lisa, Frankie & Crystal

    No words can express the pain of your loss. Know that we are with you through your pain & prayers. We will remember Al always smiling. May God continue to be with you and comfort you through these trying times. We love you all.

  6. Booker & Tina Jordan, Jr.

    We’re truly at a loss for words as your passing was unexpected! Know that you blessed us with our first niece and the understanding that our children are our greatest legacy.

    Ms. Tommara, know that we got you! Although we are not close in distance our support for you at this time has not travel restrictions. A simple call, FaceTime sesh and/or text; know that we will be there to support and love you always!

    The Anderson Family will be in our thoughts and prayers!

  7. Sending my condolences and prayers to the Anderson family. He was like family. Rest in paradise

  8. Dear Andrea and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. Remember a person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts, through us, they live on. May God give you the peace that you seek.

  9. Tammara Mosby Boone

    Andrea, Anyiah and Sage, I am so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in knowing that God has come for his Angel to do great work in heaven. Love and prayers!

  10. Nicole Locklear

    Andrea, I am so sorry for your loss. I send my condolences to you and the girls. May God comfort you during this difficult time. God Bless!!!

  11. Dearest Anderson Family:
    My deepest heartfelt condolences to you all. Starling was more than a coworker to us; he was truly a bright shining light; he had the ability to make anyone in his presence feel like the most important person in the world. The grief we are experiencing must surely pale in comparison to yours. He was truly a very special person who was loved by every one of the sisters and staff. I am surely blessed to have known him. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

  12. We, the Jordan wish, to extend Our heartfelt Condolences to the Anderson Family. Also, to my granddaughter, Tommara Anderson, to whom We love dearly.
    We will truly miss Al. And may His memory be a blessing…
    May God bless and keep You All.
    Respectfully. Booker (Joe) Lewis Jordan

  13. Andrea and girls, I am so very sorry for your loss. Words provide little but the memories you hold are priceless. May you each find peace in these memories and the love you shared. I hold you all in my heart and send healing thoughts and energy.

  14. Allie, Patrick, Libby, Jake, Luke & Tommy Krafft

    May he walk on streets of Gold and prepare your mansion in heaven. He was such a model father, loving and kind. We are sending our love to you all Aniyah, Sage and his beloved Andrea♥️


    My homie! I will never forget the talks we had in the elevator about you and your family trips and home much you enjoyed them! Rest easy my brother!

  16. Andrea and family, my deepest condolences to all of you. May you always find peace and happiness in the wonderful memories you have. I am keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  17. Please know you are in my thoughts today and my heart goes out to you because words fail to express the sorrow I feel for you. Sending you hugs and strength. Your friend Ginny.

  18. Sending prayers to our Dear Friend Andrea and the Girls. May God’s Peace be with You Always.

  19. My deepest sympathy to Starling’s entire family. I pray for all of you that the Lord comforts you in your bereavement. May Starling find that rest which he did not find when he was here on earth. I pray for his dear soul.

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