After many years of battling illness, on July 27, 2013 at 5:30 p.m., Anthony Harold Blevins left this life to rest in the arms of his Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Anthony was a beloved husband, father, papa, preacher, educator, and friend.
On April 26, 1954, Anthony entered this world to parents Harold and Patricia Blevins in Barnwell, South Carolina. As a young boy his family moved to Alabama and lived on Sand Mountain. Though the family relocated to Texas when he was a teenager, he always considered Alabama home.
At 15 years old, Anthony met and fell in love with his wife Priscilla at MacArthur High School where both of them attended and graduated in 1972. He signed with the U.S. Navy immediately following high school. Trained as a nuclear power machinist, he was proud to be a plank owner on the USS Nimitz.
He married his high school sweetheart on October 21, 1972, while on leave after boot camp. Following his service in the military, Anthony and Priscilla made their home first in Houston and then in Huntsville where they have lived for 35 years.
Anthony was an auto mechanic by trade and later became a vocational educator for Windham School District where he worked for 13 years. While there, he received the Vocational Teacher of the Year Award for his devotion to and compassion for his students. He always said that his sense of humor allowed him to connect with his students. His uncanny ability to see humor in all things often drew even strangers to him.
Anthony was ordained as a Primitive Baptist minister in 1983 and served several Texas churches over the years. His call and purpose was to spread the truth of his Lord and Savior. His vast knowledge of scriptures was unparalleled, and he was always ready and willing to share his deep wisdom and understanding of the Lord over a cup of coffee. He encouraged people to "Read the Book" and keep up the good fight.
Anthony is survived by his devoted and faithful wife, Priscilla Blevins; daughters, Paula Richards and husband Mark, Olivia Powell and husband Kevin, and Amanda Blevins; grandsons, Zachary and Ryan Richards, and Garrett Powell; his mother, Patricia Blevins; brothers, Allan Blevins and wife Patsy, Lindsey Blevins, Christopher Blevins and wife Catherine; sisters, Lisa McDonald and husband Thomas, Stephanie Colunga and husband Richard; Uncle Farrell Blevins and wife Donna; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is preceded in death by his father Harold Blevins.
Anthony was beloved by all who knew him. He sought constantly the truth of the Lord and labored in his ministry to share the message of his Savior. An extremely talented musician, he had a golden tenor voice and could play any instrument he picked up. He found beauty in God's creation, from the majestic mountains of Colorado and his Alabama home, to the tiny hummingbirds he watched for and fed every spring. Anthony could fix anything that needed repair, and he appreciated the shine of chrome on a pretty classic car.
He will be greatly missed by those he leaves behind on this earth, though all are thankful his suffering has ended, and he is basking in the glory of our Almighty Lord Jesus Christ.
Funeral services for Mr. Blevins will be held Thursday, August 1, 2013, 10:00 a.m., at Fellowship Primitive Baptist Church, 3367 FM 1452, Madisonville, Texas with interment to follow in the Fellowship Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery. Family will receive friends Wednesday, July 31, 2013, from 5:00-8:00 p.m., at Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home in Huntsville, Texas.
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