Gilbert Anthony, 81, of Harrogate TN (formerly of Chattanooga TN) died Sunday morning at Claiborne County Hospital following an extended illness.
He was born to the late Tom and Lela Wheat Anthony of Lenoir City, TN. Mr. Anthony dedicated his life's work to helping the underprivileged, disadvantaged and less fortunate.
He was a Korean War veteran and retired from the US Air Force. He was recreation director of Boys Club of Chattanooga, a program director of the Salvation Army of Chattanooga, TN, and director of CADAS in Chattanooga. He established a private group of drug and alcohol recovery centers named Greenleaf Recovery Centers in the 1980's. He and his wife of 45 years, June Anthony, were Shaklee Products Supervisors for many years. He was an avid fan of the UT Vols.
Mr. Anthony was of the Methodist faith.
He is preceded in death by his wife June Parrish Anthony; brothers William and Tommy Anthony of Lenoir City, TN; sisters Alice Anthony Griffin of Atlanta GA and Martha Anthony Spence of Roanoke, VA. He is survived by brother Glenn Anthony of Atlanta; son Barry (Jeanne) Anthony, Sr. of Ooltewah; daughters Pam (Michael) Anthony Moon and Lori Anthony of Harrogate TN; grandson Barry 'Curtis' Anthony (Keighty) Anthony, Jr. of Chattanooga; granddaughters Kimberly (Luke) Anthony Barton of Knoxville, TN and Allison Moon of Harrogate TN and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to United Way of Chattanooga at uwchatt.org.
Graveside service to be held at 11:30 a.m.Thursday at Chattanooga National Cemetery with the Rev. Russ Fairbanks officiating. There will be no visitation at the funeral home.
Arrangements are by the East Brainerd Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 8214 East Brainerd Road.