Anthony made a peaceful transition to be with his Heavenly Father on Monday September 25th, 2023. He was the eldest of five children, born June 12, 1956, in Dayton, Ohio to Jesse and Marine Merrett. Anthony was raised in the church and attended Dayton Public Schools. He graduated from Dunbar High School in June, 1975. He subsequently enlisted in the United States Army and served a tour of duty. After leaving the Army, Anthony resided in the state of California and worked at Deluxe Check Printing Company, prior to returning to Dayton. Anthony had numerous careers as manager in the hospitality industry, a truck driver and later went on to work with and retired from West Carrollton Parchment.
Among Anthony’s many hobbies, he enjoyed fishing, scouting the area, and attending garage/estate sales with his BFF Steve Kirk, traveling and most of all backyard grilling! He often made his own blend of seasonings to enhance the flavors of his food. Many, who referred to him as “Amp” “Tony” “Big A” last but not least “Midnight”, enjoyed his flavorful dinners.
Anthony was a member and served as a past president of the Circle City Rider’s Motorcycle Club. They often helped the community by organizing events like distributing Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets to families in need, Trunk-A-Treat for neighborhood children, Community Picnics and other service activities, such as keeping the roads clean in the city of Trotwood. He was also a Master Mason with Ancient Square Lodge #40, in Dayton, Ohio. Anthony cared about people and was committed to giving back to his community.
Anthony is preceded in death by his parents but leaves to cherish his memory, Two daughters, Dawnshelle “Dwight” Woods, and Areon Bates; Two grandchildren, Jaylen Pitts and D’Sahni Woods; Three Bonus Grandchildren, Santana Birdsong, Iyanna and Ki’Yarra Clemons; Four siblings, Marcus, Renee, Michelle and Theresa; Seven nieces/nephews, Nineteen great nieces/nephews, One great great neice, family matriarch Thelma Buchanan, his caregiver nephew, Lil Mark and a host of cousins, lifetime friends.
He will truly be missed.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 7, 2023 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm at the Newcomer North Chapel, 4104 Needmore Road, Dayton. Funeral services will immediately follow at 5:00pm.
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