On Oct. 21, 2007, Rodney James Marshall Anthis, 60, passed away peacefully at his home in Marietta, Ga., surrounded by his loved ones.
Rod was born Feb. 6, 1947, in Norman, Okla., to James and Laverne Anthis. He was the oldest of four children, embracing the role of "Big Brother" to Kathy, Cindy and Billy.
In the early '50s, his family moved to Raton, New Mexico. It is here that he developed his love of the outdoors while hunting and fishing in the Rocky Mountains with his trusty dog, Frisky. He spent many afternoons bonding with his father over their mutual love of fishing and OU football. Rod continued to enjoy outdoor pursuits throughout his life, especially fishing with his beloved son, Joel.
He graduated from high school in 1966 in Aransas Pass, Texas, where he was class president, a member of the football team, and an honor roll student. It was while attending Northeastern University in Tahlequah, Okla., that he met his future wife, Cecelia Kenton. They were blessed with 38 precious years together, bonded by their love for each other and their strong Christian faith. They raised three wonderful children: Joel, Rachel and Elisha, each embodying their parents' values of love, faith and kindness.
Rod enriched the lives of everyone he met, especially his dearly loved children and grandchildren. His legacy will be one of wisdom, kindness, integrity and generosity. He built his life on a foundation of strong Christian values, and he truly lived what he believed. He left us with the greatest gift that one can ever receive, unconditional love.
Rod and his family lived in Ventura for 20 years. He was known as a hard worker, and retired from Safeway after 20 years. His free time was spent fishing at Lake Casitas and enjoying the company of his family. He was also an active member of his church and was always available for those in need. In 1991, Rod and his family moved to Marietta, Ga., where he fulfilled his dream of starting his own business.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Laverne Anthis.
He is survived by his wife, Ceci; son, Joel Anthis; daughters, Rachel Franklin and Elisha Davis; and his six beloved grandchildren, all of the Atlanta area; sisters, Kathleen Cain of Ventura and Cynthia Anthis of Camarillo; brother, William Anthis of Bakersfield; and many other friends and relatives.
The family especially wishes to express their appreciation to Rod's devoted wife, Ceci, who was a source of strength and support to the family through a very difficult time, as well as throughout their marriage.
A memorial service will be held on Nov. 3 in Marietta, Ga. A celebration of his life will be held in the near future at Lake Casitas (one of his favorite fishing holes). Call 805-212-0354 for further information.
"Go rest high on that mountain,
Son your work on earth is done.
Go to heaven a-shoutin',
Love for the Father and the Son."
— Vince Gill