Grady Baldwin (Ballgame) Anthony
Grady Baldwin Anthony (May 30th, 1988 - April 7th, 2021) was an amazing and kind person whose time on earth was unfairly short. He leaves a lifetime of memories to be cherished by his wife Rachel Law Anthony, his parents, Monta and Ken Anthony, his siblings, Jay and (Kristen) Anthony, Mary Sullivan and (Clayton) Broome, and Dunk and (Lauren) Anthony, his in-laws, Mike and Lori Law, his grandmother, Carol Burnside Anthony, his grandmother in-law, Phyllis Brady Vander Voord, and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
He made the most of his thirty-two years. To have found his perfect match, Rachel, at such a young age was incredible. Meeting their sophomore year at Furman they began their 12 years together. The time they had together was full of adventure, motivated by a mutual passion for travel and nature.
Grady was a caring uncle to his 6 nieces and nephews. There was no rule that couldn't be bent or candy that couldn't be eaten in the pursuit of fun. He loved nothing more than to spread joy and when other children -including his siblings- were shy and self-conscious, Grady was unabashedly interested only in making other happy.
His passion for others was not limited to those he knew. He spent hours engaging on the Diversity Committee of the South Carolina Bar, spurred by the recent tragedies in the black community. He spent time working as chair of the Families Forever Committee of the Young Lawyers Division, which promoted foster care and adoption in South Carolina. In his role, he secured donations of luggage for foster children and dresses to be given to low-income teens for prom. His favorite charitable project was the Teddy Bear Drive, where he, with the help of friends, colleagues, and the media secured over 200 stuffed animals to be distributed to adopted children. Given Grady's selflessness, it was perhaps fitting that he became an organ donor. Even in death, he was able to help others.
The best summation of his life comes from one of his favorite movies -The Sandlot: "Heroes get remembered, but legends never die". Grady was a legend, and while he is no longer on this earth, he will always be with us.
A celebration of Life service will be held on Sunday, May 23, 2021 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Old Cigar Warehouse, located at 912B S. Main Street, Greenville, SC 29601. Donations in Grady's memory can be sent to the Grady Anthony '10 Memorial Fund, Furman University: Office of Development, 3300 Poinsett Hwy., Greenville, SC 29613 (donations will provide support for a student with demonstrated financial need studying abroad) or to the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism to 1205 Pendleton Street, Columbia, SC 29201.
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Published by Spartanburg Herald-Journal from Apr. 30 to May 2, 2021.