Deacon John Henry Anthony, Jr., 62, departed this earthly life on Monday, September 19, 2011 at Tuomey Regional Medical Center, Sumter. Born in Sumter County on July 24, 1949, he was a son of the late John Henry Anthony, Sr. and Catherine Smalls Anthony.
During his formative years, John attended the public schools of Sumter County. He was a 1968 graduate of Lincoln High School, Sumter. John spent three years in the United States Army as a medic. After his honorable discharge, John returned home and enrolled in Sumter Tech studying Automotive Mechanic. Later he worked as a nursing assistance for ten years at the V A Dorn Medical Center in Columbia, and twenty five years at the South Carolina Department of Correction. John retired from the Department of Correction in 2002. He was a very, very hard worker and a man that believed in taking good care of his family.
John was a member of Grant Hill Baptist Church, where he served as an assistance Church School Superintendent and a member of the Young Adult Choir. In 1995, he became a member of Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church and on January 14, 1996, he was ordained for the Deacon Ministry. In 2007, he became a member of Golden Gate Missionary Baptist Church, where he served faithfully until his death.
In 1968 he met and fell in love with Irene Deas. On August 19, 1971, he took her as his wife. He is sadly missed by his loving and devoted wife, Rev. Irene Deas Anthony; two sons, Vernon Arthur (Teresa) Deas of Sumter, Adrian Christopher Anthony of North Carolina; one daughter, Krystle Kiera Anthony of the home; nine grandchildren; six sisters, Christian Brunson of Sumter, Julia Ann Thomas of Youngstown, Ohio, Della Mae (Thomas) Little, Loris Anthony, Brenda Anthony and Barbara Jean Anthony, all of Charlotte, N. C.; eight brothers, Leroy (Rosa Lee) Anthony of Sumter, Willie (Patrice) Anthony of Shelby, N. C., LeVella Anthony (Latricia) Anthony of Conway, Arkansas, John (Janet) Reese of Gahanna, Ohio, Tripplee Anthony, Jimmy Anthony, James Anthony, and Kenneth Anthony, all of Charlotte, N. C.; one aunt; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 p. m., Saturday, September 24, 2011 from The West End Community Church, 101 South Salem Street, Sumter with the Rev. Marion H. Newton, senior pastor
of Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church, eulogist, assisted by Minister Eugene Winn, Pastor Roosevelt McFadden, Pastor Alvin Webb and Evangelist Savitrus McFadden.
The family will receive friends at his home 519 Pitts Road, Sumter.
The Remains will be placed in the church at 12:00 noon.
The procession will leave from his home at 12:20 p. m.
Floral bearers and Pall bearers will be friends of the family.
Burial will be in the Evergreen Memorial Park, Sumter.