Deacon James W. Anthony, Sr., 87, of Bermuda, Louisiana, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, November 23, 2020, at approximately 1:30 a.m. Funeral services were held at Restoration Apostolic Ministries on Fairgrounds Road in Natchitoches at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 28, 2020. Rev. Henry Calhoun officiated the service. Burial will take place this week in the New Nazarene Baptist Church in Bermuda, Louisiana.
Deacon Anthony confessed Christ, was baptized in 1945, and joined the New Nazarene Baptist Church in Bermuda, Louisiana. He was ordained as a deacon in 1960 and counted it a true blessing to serve. He also served as church secretary from 1950-1960, a position in which his mother had also previously held.
In 1948, Deacon Anthony graduated from Burton School in Bermuda, Louisiana. After graduating, he attended Grambling State University. He also served in the United States Army from 1954-1955. He was fortunate enough to travel to Germany, Italy, and Austria during his time in the Army.
Shortly after being honorably discharged, he met and married the late Lillie Brooks Anthony on December 9, 1956, until her death on July 13, 1996. To this union two daughters, Carletta and Coretta, and a son, James, Jr., were born.
Deacon Anthony retired from the Natchitoches Parish School Board as a bus driver for 41 years, where he was able to influence the lives of many students. He was a charter member of the Natchitoches Federation of Teachers and School Employees, and a vote of confidence was placed in him when he was elected as President. He also was a car salesman in Montgomery, Coushatta, and Winnfield.
Also, he served on the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Department Auxiliary Civil Defense Unit. He was currently serving on the Natchitoches Parish Waterworks District #2 Board.
Deacon Anthony was a member of the Bermuda Masons Lodge #149 until the end of its existence. He then joined the Dawn of Light Lodge #22 of Natchitoches. In addition, he was an avid Harley Davidson rider and in 2000 became a founding member of the Cane River Riders Motorcycle Club. He held the positions of President, Sergeant-at-Arms, and was the current Vice President of the club.
Deacon Anthony believed in being involved in his community, and he loved mentoring young people. He never met a stranger. Since his passing, numerous people have shared their memories of him and how he impacted their lives. He could relate to any person of any age and did not mind sharing his opinion or wisdom with them. He was also the family historian and was extremely knowledgeable about our family’s history, as well as other families in his community.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, Dorsey Anthony, Jr., Arthur Lee Anthony, Sr., Freddie “Pete” Anthony, Sr., and Charles Ray Anthony; and one sister, Eunice Morrow.
He leaves to cherish his memory: three daughters, Brenda Anderson, of Diamond Bar, California; Carletta Jones (Horace) of Natchitoches, Louisiana; and Coretta Conant (Greg) of Pearland, Texas; one son, James W. Anthony, Jr., of Bermuda, Louisiana; one sister, Dorothy Moses (James) of Houston, Texas; two granddaughters, Bianca Jones and April Conant. One uncle, Woodie Johnson, Sr., of Natchez, Louisiana; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.