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Thomas William Anthony Jr.

Sunday, November 7, 2021 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home

Monday, November 8, 2021 at 11:00 am

Paramount Baptist Church

Obituary

Thomas William Anthony Jr., 85, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, October 27th.  
 
Born to Thomas and Clara Anthony on February 24th, 1936, “Tom” was the oldest of 7.  Growing up under less-than-optimal home and financial circumstances, he often found himself as the protector and caregiver to his younger siblings.  A role he continued long after he came of age.  Through hard work and self-discipline, Tom received a full scholarship to the McDonogh Military Academy where he graduated as Senior Class President in 1954.  While successful in the classroom, he still found time to excel as an avid athlete in multiple sports.
 
After attending John Hopkins University, Tom enlisted in the Air National Guard and worked on the C-123 Provider.  
 
In April of 1956, Tom married his childhood friend and love of his life, Yvonne Elaine Bishop. Over the next 10 years, they would welcome two older sons, Craig and Curt, and younger daughter Karen into their loving home.  
 
After a stint at the local Fairchild Manufacturer in Hagerstown, Tom would transition to the financial securities world for the remainder of his professional career.   Following stops at Monumental and National Life Insurance, he and Yvonne took up self-employment at Anthony Financial where he succeeded in providing honest financial security to his clients until his retirement in February of 2020.
 
In his spare time, Tom loved to take the kids fishing, catch a round of golf, or work through that discounted sudoku pile he’d buy in bulk.  As the years went on, he became “Pap” to 7 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.  Despite getting on in age, he was happy to host the whole crazy crew of them at once several times a year for the famous crab feasts, where love and laughter would begin early in the afternoon and stretch into the evening around the newspaper covered table.
 
Tom was a man who took his faith and ministry seriously.  Over the years he attended Chewsville United Methodist, Maranatha Brethren, Emmanuel Baptist, and finally Paramount Baptist.  He dedicated years to the local Mt Hope Prison Ministry distributing food, ministering hope, and sharing the rehabilitating power that comes in knowing Jesus.  If you were to show up at any of the church’s Tom attended during these years, you might find him singing in the choir, teaching a sunday school class, or pulling up in a bus full of less fortunate kids in the community, or just greeting you at the door with a corny joke, a smile, and eyes that showed you he cared. 
 
Altruistic through and through, Tom quietly and humbly continued his roots as the caregiver and protector until he finished his fight. 
 
Thomas William Anthony Jr is survived by his wife, Yvonne, his son Craig Anthony and wife Joyce, his daughter Karen Anthony Stamper, 7 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, and two sisters, Joanne Harshman and Janet (Keith) Rollins.  

A viewing will be held on Sunday, November 7th from 2-4pm at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD.   We will celebrate Tom’s life on Monday, November 8th at 11am at Paramount Baptist Church, 13234 Marsh Pike, Hagerstown, MD 21742. If you are unable to attend and would like to view the service live please use the following link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMzG-wI-_Fs

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Paramount Baptist Church or Mount Hope Prison Ministry, 25 Summit Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.douglasfiery.com

Guest Book

I graduated from McDonogh, class of 1953, but I do remember Tom. He was quiet, very pleasant, a great guy. He was the kind of person I would like to have as my next door neighbor. Peace be with all of you. Eddie Mesko '53

Eddie Mesko
Charlotte, NC

You was a Dear Friend n a Wonderful Person , Please Rest in Peace My Friend.

Donald Roofe
Monroe, Tennessee

See ya at home, Tom! You were (and are) a good friend. Am missing our Bible studies. In Christ Jesus, Jim

Jim Rosko
Fredericksburg, VA

So sorry to hear that Tom had passed. I work for Serafini Financial Group and it was a great pleasure getting to know Tom and Yvonne. Tom certainly loved his Lord and was thankful for all he had been given over the years. He certainly loved his wife and family. I enjoyed talking with Tom and getting his outlook on life. He certainly was a character but treated his clients as if each one of them was family. You certainly don't see that anymore. What a great man, son, father, friend, and I am so lucky to have known him. My condolences to you all.

Melissa Roof
Hagerstown, Maryland

Craig and family, Your Dad will be sorely missed. I have known Mr. Anthony for over 45 years. I will miss him very much. I will miss his kind and trusting guidance. I will miss eating a Hartles Sub with him in his office. I will especially miss his fellowship. I would meet with Mr Anthony at his office often. We would discuss business and sometimes eat depending upon the time of day and then we would talk about our families. Lastly we would talk about Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior and how we praised His presence in our lives. We would always finish up with prayer. Mr Anthony more times than I can recall, would ask me to call him Tom but in my mind Mr Anthony was more appropriate. Mr Anthony you will be missed but I celebrate in knowing that you have entered the Kingdom of God! Love, Tony and Joy Akers and family.

Anthony (Tony) Akers
Williamsport, Md

Working in the payroll at Washington County Schools for 42 years, Jo came to know Tom quite well. She loved his unexpected visits to the office slipping in the back door. there by the planetarium. He was genuinely concerned for all and spent time with everyone he came in contact with always remembering our families. As our investor, he always took his time with our appointments and was so very kind and thoughtful. It was like visiting an old friend. We will miss him and his cards that he sent every birthday.

Jim & Jo Clingan
Waynesboro, PA

Karen and Family....We are certainly praying for you during this difficult time. May God strengthen you and give you peace and assurance to face each day.

Bob and Jayne Becker
HAGERSTOWN, MD

I want to offer my sincere condolences to Tom’s family. I had the wonderful experience of fishing several times with Tom at Lake Champlain and New Brunswick. Not only was he a great fisherman, but he was truly a gentleman, and a kind and thoughtful person. I will keep your family in my prayers as I am sure he will be missed immeasurably. Sincerely, David Engle

David Engle
Hagerstown, MD

Though I did not know Tom, I did run into him several times at Karen's church when I was working as treasurer of the church. He always seemed to be a very nice person. My deepest sympathy to you and family.

Larry Stockslager
Sharpsburg, MD

It is never easy to say good bye to your dad, and Mr Anthony ( Tom) was a GREAT one. He embraced not just his children but set an incredible example of all of their friends. His words were soft and powerful, most of all, respected. My parents ( Jim and Shirley Smith) shared many wonderful times with the Anthony’s during my youth, and expressed to me their joy about those occasions. Mr Anthony was a pillar in the community, Hagerstown, and with his church. He will be deeply missed. From all the neighborhood kids, and those young lives you touched, I want to say Thank You! Rest In Peace as Heaven is welcoming home a wonderful man who led by example.

Kevin C Smith DDS
Leesburg, VA

Yvonne, my deepest condolences to you and your family on the passing of your dear husband, Tom. May he rest in the Peace of the Lord. Fondly Gloria Smith Keller Class of '55, HHS

Gloria Keller
Hagerstown, MD

Tom was a good friend and great guy. Always happy to see you and uplifting. Sympathy to Yvonne and family. Will keep all in prayer.

Greg and Sandy Mills
Hagerstown, MD

I had the privilege to work with Tom every Tuesday for the past 10 years at Mt Hope Prison Ministry. Tom was always upbeat and an inspiration with his wisdom. He always would find time to tell people we met about his Saviour Jesus, and as noted before, tell a corny joke or a lesson from his days as a waitress(ha ha). Tom was a giving man and he is already missed much.

Jeff Latta
Hagerstown , Md

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