Dr. Joseph “Joe” Lindell Anthony was born June 22, 1928, to Okey and Fanny Anthony in Ashland, Ky. He returned home to the hands of our Heavenly Father on Sept. 3, 2020, at the age of 92.
Dr. Anthony was always a man of service. Upon graduating from Booker T. Washington H.S. in Ashland, Dr. Anthony served in the United States Air Force from 1946 to 1949 before attending Tennessee State University. He spent a lifetime serving in the educational community. He received his bachelor of science degree in biology from Tennessee State University in 1954, a master’s degree in science teaching from Antioch College in 1969 and a Ph.D in educational policy from the University of Oregon in 1980.
His personal academic achievements allowed him to successfully guide, shape and inspire the minds of his students across decades â€” whether from his time as a science teacher in Mississippi, Tennessee and Ohio, serving as the principal of Yellow Springs High School, through his time as an administrator at several institutions of higher learning, including Central State and Wilberforce universities.
Dr. Anthony was always a man of many talents and interests. Many of his hobbies included touring and camping in his precious â€œhad a deep appreciation for antique and classic cars, which fueled his ever-expanding model car collection displayed in his home.
As a long-standing retiree, Dr. Anthony continued to travel and experience the world but maintained his service to the community through several professional and social organizations, including the American Association of College Administration; Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.; Phi Delta Kappa International Fraternity; Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society; and several other community-focused organizations. His love of and dedication to the community was only overshadowed by his love for his family.
Dr. Anthony leaves to cherish his life and memory Marjorie Anthony, his wife of 65 years; their two children, Joel D. Anthony, of Boise, Idaho, and Kimberly A. Johnson, of Maryland; and their families, including 10 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, students and dear friends.
Arrangements entrusted to Porter-Qualls-Freeman Funeral Home.