J. Harold Anthony, Sr., 96, of Arcanum, passed away Thursday afternoon, August 11, 2011 in the emergency room of Wayne Healthcare in Greenville.
He was born February 26, 1915 near Bradford, son of the late Roy and Anna (Cable) Anthony. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie L. (Evilsizor) Anthony on March 18, 2011; twin great grandsons Joshua and Luke Kinney; three brothers, Dale, Lloyd, and Robert Anthony; and four sisters, Lois Butts, Irene Magoteaux, Thelma Goodpaster, and Helen Crawford.
Harold had retired from Fram after working over 25 years as a lead man. He was a former member of the Caylor Chapel EUB Church.
He was the past president of the Darke County Horseshoe Club, past vice president of the Ohio Horseshoe Pitchers Association and was inducted into the Ohio Horseshoe Pitchers Hall of Fame. He was one of the people instrumental in bringing the Ringer Classic to Greenville. He had pitched in numerous tournaments around the country and had obtained the distinction of being ranked in the top 15 in the world in pitching. In addition to horseshoe pitching he had been an avid bowler, hunter, fisherman, and card player.
He is survived by his children, Judy (Gene) Miller of Arcanum, Jim (JoAnn) Anthony of Hillsdale, MI, Jerry (Connie) Anthony of Bradford; grandchildren, Jodi (Robert) Kinney of Arcanum, Todd (Melissa) Miller of Parker City, IN, Julie (Steve) Wolfe of Ft. Wayne, IN, Ashley Anthony of Bradford, Randy Anthony of Bradford, Chris (Jeff) Wiechers of Toledo 0H, John (Stephanie) Cooper of Cincinnati,OH, Mark Cooper of Columbus OH; 10 great grandchildren; brothers, Lester "Bud" (Helen) Anthony of Georgia, and Billy (Janet) Anthony of Sidney; sisters, Edith Hawkins of Greenville, Roma (Richard) Stump of Florida, and Wilma (Jack) Reck of Rocky River, OH; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, August 22 at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville with Pastor Bob Kurtz officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Pleasant Hill, OH.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday, August 21, from 6-8 p.m. The family requests that memorial contributions be given to the Darke County Horseshoe Club.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.oliverfloyd.com