The funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at the St. Paul A.M.E. Church, 110 Johnson Street, Oglethorpe, Georgia. Interment will follow in the Oglethorpe City Cemetery, Memorial Drive, Oglethorpe, Georgia. The remains will lay in state at the church one hour prior to service.
Anthony, known to many as "Maestro," was born January 14, 1961 in Macon County, Georgia to Clara L. Smith English and the late Cornelious English. He was educated in the public school system of Macon County where he attended Oglethorpe Grammar School and graduated Macon County High School in 1979. Born in a family of educators, he continued his education at Georgia Southwestern State University, Americus, Georgia where he received his Bachelor Degree in Music Education in 1983. In 1998 he received his Master Degree from Albany State University in Educational Administration and Supervision. In 2010 he acquired his Doctoral degree in Education from Nova Southeastern University. His years of teaching, administrative duties, and supervision included the following schools: Brunswick Elementary, Albany High, Assistant Principal - Roberta Elementary and Principal - Crawford County Middle. He was a member and a great supporter of the National Educators Association (NEA) and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
As a young man, he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and joined the band of Christians at the Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, Oglethorpe, Georgia under the leadership of Reverend Dr. Sanders. He exemplified his worth as a member, a choir director of the Oglethorpe Mass Choir, the Steward Board Ministry, the Trustee Board Ministry, and every facet of the church he loved so well.
His love of music and his melodic voice was heard in many harmonic compositions and plays. Anthony, Lyn Tyson, and Gary Hunter organized the “Silky Smooth Trio Band.”
Anthony leaves a legacy of love and many fond memories to his beloved family which include the following: his loving and devoted mother, Clara L. Smith English, Oglethorpe, Georgia; his three siblings and their spouses, Milton English (Bessie), Oglethorpe, Georgia, Cheryl English Smith (Conrad), Warner Robins, Georgia, and Marvis Kent English, Oglethorpe, Georgia; his half sister and half brothers and their spouses, Michelle Davis (Charles), Paul Oliver, all of St. Petersburg, Florida and Cornelious Oliver (Pam), Americus, Georgia; a host of beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends, including two devoted, Lyn Tyson and Gary Hunter.