Crystal Anderson Singleton, Manager, Funeral Director, N.J. Lic. No. 2945
Crystal is known throughout the New Brunswick as "an angel" to the community. An advocate, confidante and conscientious business owner, she is a proud Zebra, who graduated from New Brunswick High School in 1963.Following high school, Crystal attended Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, where she majored in Business Administration. Always industrious, Crystal worked on campus in her residence hall and in the library. In 1965, Crystal joined Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. She graduated from Ohio State in 1967 and went straight to Cincinnati, Ohio to the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. In 1968, Crystal graduated Magna Cum Laude and received several awards, including the Nunmaker Award for outstanding scholarship and proficiency awards in Restorative Art and Embalming. After finishing school, Crystal returned to New Jersey to work as an apprentice under her father, Arthur H. Anderson, Jr., founder of Anderson Funeral Service, and mother Barbara “Babs” Anderson. Crystal became manager of the funeral home in New Brunswick in 1971 and years later became the manager of both the New Brunswick and Trenton funeral homes. She has served families throughout the state of New Jersey and worked tirelessly to go beyond the standard service and provide a personal touch to each family. Crystal serves the public with humility and class. In addition to her work through Anderson Funeral Service, Crystal has been involved in numerous community and professional organizations. Over the years, she served as President and Secretary of the Garden State Funeral Directors Association of New Jersey, Member of the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association, Mercer County Funeral Directors Association, Order of the Golden Rule International, New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association, Advisory Commission on Mortuary Science, Mercer County Community College, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Crystal resides in North Brunswick, NJ, and has “four” children: Rev. Crystal Joy and Cornell Fields and Dr. Charyl Staci and Curtis Yarbrough; and five grandchildren, Maya and Curtis Yarbrough, Alex, Elliott Fields and Alyson Fields. She has one living brother, Arthur J. Taplett and many other supportive relatives and friends.
Rev. Joy Fields, Funeral Director, N.J. Lic. No. 4998
Mediocrity is not an option: excellence is the choice. This is the motto that shines through in everything Joy seeks to do. A third generation funeral director, Joy strives to uphold the Anderson legacy of care, professionalism and uplift of the community. Academically, Joy earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Howard University and a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary.Coupling her creativity with a message for today is a hallmark for Joy, as evidenced by her love for music, writing and ministry. Her debut music single, "I Am Strong" gives assurance that we'll have everything we need as we face current realities. She is also the author of Prom Passions: A Young Woman's Guide to Her Best Night Ever, a book empowering female teens to make wise choices for themselves. Her care and concern for others is further evidenced through her ministry as the executive pastor of NextGen Church, West Windsor. A resilient flame of encouragement glows bright as Joy Fields releases each expression of fullness, life and love.