BOSSIER CITY - A memorial service celebrating the life of B.L. "Tony" Anthony will be held at 11:00am on Thursday, July 26th at Auld's Funeral Home in Shreveport with Joey Ketchum officiating. Graveside services will immediately follow at 2:00pm at Salem Cemetery near Bloomburg, TX with his brother, Carl Anthony officiating. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home beginning at 9:30 a.m. prior to the memorial service.
B.L. "Tony" Anthony, 70, of Bossier City, was born March 1, 1942 in Hammond, Louisiana and died Sunday, July 22, 2012 at Grace Home in Shreveport after a courageous battle with cancer. He was a loving partner, father, grandfather, and always put his family first.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Lillie Mae Anthony; brothers, Willie Anthony and Gene Anthony. Surviving him was the love of his life for over 27 years, Barbara Mock of Bossier City and their Yorkie, Katie; daughter, Lillie Harris of Shreveport and her children, Zachary Carter and Madison Harris; step daughter, Tonja Hawkins and husband Tim of Atlanta, Texas and their children, Tyler Hawkins and his wife Leisha, Logan Hawkins, and Megan Eason and her husband Cole; and step daughter, Melanie McBride of Shreveport and her children Todd McBride, Tim McBride, and Jessica Adams.
Tony loved life and especially the outdoors, as he spent a majority of his adult life working as an arborist in the tree service industry. He and Barbara spent the last several summers of his life working as park attendants for the Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Greeson and Lake Ouachita in Arkansas. They both loved to take long trips on their motorcycle and more recently in their travel trailer to places all over the country including New Mexico, Tennessee, and numerous civil war battle sites along the east coast.
He was also an outstanding billiards player. In the early 1980's, he even laid claim to being one of the area's best eight-ball players. Beating out over 600 entrants, he had the opportunity to go up against nationally renowned Steve Mizerak in a local charity event. Tony didn't win the tournament but was ever proud of beating Mr. Mizerak in a game or two. He spent years shooting pool at Guys and Dolls pool hall in downtown Shreveport and later worked as the manager of Bill Schick Billiards and Cue for over 9 years.
Pallbearers will be Ray Anthony, Carl Anthony, Jason Anthony, Cecil Gassiott, Tyler Hawkins, Logan Hawkins, and an alternate will be Tim