History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

Our History

Arthur H. Anderson, Jr., settled in New Brunswick during a period of tremendous discrimination. The first day he stepped off the train at the New Brunswick Station, he was shocked to read a restaurant sign on Albany Street, which read, “No Colored – No Jews.” The train quickly pulled out before he could retract his steps, so with mixed emotions he decided to continue his dream of opening a funeral home  in New Brunswick.

With the help of a few new friends in the area, Arthur H. Anderson, Jr., opened his new funeral home at 71 Throop Avenue, New Brunswick, in 1942. Significant growth led Arthur and his family to construct a bigger building in 1951 which remains today at 201 Sandford Street, New Brunswick, and a second funeral home in Trenton in the late 1950’s.

Many men and women sought to be trained or mentored under Mr. Anderson.  He conducted funerals in the most dignified, professional and stately manner. His personality was highlighted by wit, reflected by such statements as “Live forever and die when you can’t help it!” Arthur was a true gentleman and had a heart-warming smile. He was also very proud that his three children (Arthur H. Anderson, III, Crystal Anderson Singleton and Arthur Taplett Anderson) all became funeral directors.

Today, his family and staff of Anderson Funeral Service work to continue his legacy and maintain a commitment to serving the people of the New Brunswick  and Trenton communities with dignity, respect and professionalism.

Our Valued Staff

  • Crystal Anderson Singleton

    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

    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.