- Published: January 26, 2022
Anthony Henry was born June 7, 1958, in Springfield, Ohio, and transitioned home Jan. 18, 2022, at the University of Cincinnati Hospital. He is at peace and at rest, at home with the Lord.
Anthony was born to Donald and Barbara (Martin) Henry in Springfield, where he attended Springfield City Schools and the Joint Vocational School, graduating in 1976 from Springfield South High School. While at JVS, he majored in electronics.
Following high school, Anthony entered the Air National Guard and received an honorable discharge for health reasons in 1979. He then entered Central State University, majoring in physical education and graduating in 1994. He began his teaching career at Elmwood Elementary School in Springfield, where he worked with students with behavioral issues. He then moved on to teach physical education throughout the Springfield school system, from which he retired in 2013 for health reasons. He always felt very blessed to be able to teach in his desired field, physical education.
After retirement, Anthony took classes to become a state tested nursing assistant, or STNA. After becoming certified, he found great pleasure in taking care of loved ones and others with his newly found skills.
He was a faithful member of Saint John Missionary Baptist Church in Springfield. He was a very active member, teaching Sunday school, dancing with the Vessels of Praise Dance Team, sitting on the board of trustees and fulfilling his love of teaching as an AWANA leader.
After marrying Robin Jordan on May 18, 2002, Anthony transferred his membership to First Baptist Church in Yellow Springs, where he continued his work with AWANA, was superintendent of the Sunday school and a member of the trustee board. In 2019, he was ordained as a deacon.
Anthony loved to exercise. He ran, lifted weights, and loved to challenge his grandson, Dezmond, to pull-up challenges. He loved Snoopy and the Marvel franchise. Anthony’s sense of humor and love of mischief were widely known and appreciated.
Anthony was preceded in death by his father, Donald D. Henry; his late wife, Anita (Roberts) Henry; and in-laws, Edgar and Charlotte Jordan.
He leaves to cherish his memory his loving and devoted wife of 19 wonderful years, Robin (Jordan) Henry; daughter, Anisha (Cedric) Savery; loving mother, Barbara Henry; brothers, Marcus D. Henry and Darryl M. Henry; grandchildren, Miell, Dezmond, Amerillis, Niles, Marcus, Page and Lamaya; aunts, Mary King, of Indianapolis, Ind., and Okareta Henry, of Springfield; and a host of nephews, nieces and cousins, all of whom he managed to have uniquely special relationships with.
Anthony loved the Lord greatly. God guided Anthony in all his decisions and undergirded his choices. He had a deep desire to share the tenets of God’s word with every student he taught and in every ministry where he served.
A service for Anthony Henry will be held on Friday, Jan., 28, at First Baptist Church in Yellow Springs. Visitation will be held from noon until the time of service at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Dr. William Randolph officiating. Interment will follow at Glen Forest Cemetery in Yellow Springs. Social distancing protocol will be observed and face masks will be required.
Arrangements entrusted to Porter-Qualls-Freeman Funeral Home.