James F. Anthony, 79

Veteran, engineer

February 25, 2007

James Frances "Fernie" Anthony, a retired engineer for Amoco Corp., died Friday at his Cockeysville home after a 17-year battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 79.

The son of a police officer and a homemaker from Richmond, Va., Mr. Anthony served in the Navy during World War II. During his two-year stint, he served in the Pacific and was awarded the Victory Medal, American Theater.

After returning from his Navy duties, Mr. Anthony graduated from Virginia Tech in 1951 with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering.

He married a childhood neighbor, Marion Virginia Williams, in 1953.

"I picked him out at 12 years old," Mrs. Anthony said. "I was 19 before he noticed me. He went to the Navy and finished college. That's how long it took for him to notice me."

Mr. Anthony worked as an engineer for several oil companies before joining Amoco. During his 25 years there, Mr. Anthony oversaw the opening of new gas stations. He retired in 1988.

Mr. Anthony was an avid fan of the Ravens and Orioles, and liked to swim and play tennis.

His daughter, Teresa Lynne Greenspan of Sparks, said that he coached little league and organized football games, pitting his six daughters against neighborhood boys.

"We would always win," she said with a laugh. "The boys would go home crying. The boys always thought they were going to win. But we did. They always said, `Mr. Anthony, you have a bunch of Amazons.'"

Even after the effects of Parkinson's disease required him to use a wheelchair, Mr. Anthony strived to remain active. He went to the beach last year with his family and was determined to take a dip in the ocean, Mrs. Greenspan said.

"We pushed him in," she recalled. "He wanted to be out there right until the very end."

A funeral Mass will be held tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane in Cockeysville.

In addition to his wife and daughter, Mr. Anthony is survived by five other daughters, Diane Elizabeth Rude and Karen Marie Hollins of Sparks, Mary Kathleen Morgan of Cockeysville, Frances Ann Finn of Tariffville, Conn., and Andrea Louise Weger of Shrewsbury, Pa.; a son, Andrew Benjamin Anthony of Cockeysville; and 21 grandchildren.

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