Marvin Donald “Tony” Anthony passed away on November 23, 2018 at his home in Hickory, NC. He born on October 3, 1932 in Phenix City, AL to James and Dorothy Mae (Debose) Anthony.
Marvin grew up in Phenix City and Columbus, GA. He joined the United States Air Force when he was seventeen and served for twenty years. As an Air Traffic Controller, he completed tours of duty in Japan, Greenland, Newfoundland, and Thailand. After his retirement from the Air Force, he worked fifteen years for the Federal Aviation Administration in Albany, GA and Hickory, NC.
Marvin married Shirley Ann Rish in 1955 in Macon, GA. She was the love of his life for 63 years. He cherished his two children, Donna and Don. Marvin was known for his sense of humor, as well as his strong beliefs and faith. He was a dedicated member of New Hope Baptist Church.
Among his many interests and passions, Marvin loved Volkswagens and still had his 1967 Beetle, as well as a room full of VW collectibles. He found a passion in researching family ancestry and was delighted to connect with newfound relatives all over the world. He was an avid gardener who would work for hours in the yard.
Marvin was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Mae Anthony, who died when he was five years old; his brother, Harvey Anthony; his father, James Anthony; and his step-mother, Ouida Anthony.
Marvin is survived by his spouse, Shirley Anthony of Hickory, NC; his daughter, Donna Anthony of Greensboro, NC; his son, Marvin Donald Anthony, Jr. and daughter-in-law, Joan Ferguson of Durham, NC; his brother James Anthony and sister-in-law Joanne Anthony of Columbus, GA, their children, Jackie, Jennifer, and James; and many cousins.
A memorial service will be held at New Hope Baptist Church, 410 26th Avenue NE, at 2:00 pm on Saturday, December 1, 2018. The family will be greeting friends and relatives in the Fellowship Hall following the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to New Hope Baptist Church, Catawba Regional Hospice, or the Salvation Army of Hickory.