Bill Webster Anthony, 83, of Fort Scott, Kan., died Sunday, Jan. 11, 2004, at Mercy Health Center. He was born Oct. 29, 1920, in Fort Scott, Kan., the son of Walter Lee Anthony and Bernice Leota Johnson Anthony. He grew up in Fort Scott, Kan., and was a 1939 graduate of Fort Scott High School. He married Joyce Lea Phillips on May 24, 1963, in Fort Scott, Kan. She survives of the home. Bill worked for the Anthony Frisco Market in Fort Scott, Kan., prior to the couple moving to Nevada, Mo., in 1964. He retired as a meat cutter for the Maxwell Food Locker in Nevada, Mo., and the couple returned to Fort Scott, Kan., in 1986. Following retirement, he helped his wife and the Ernie Williamson Music House. Bill served with the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of the Hammond United Methodist Church and the Olson Frary Burkhart Post No. 1165 Veteran of Foreign Wars.
Survivors in addition to his wife Joyce, include a daughter, Leota Lucy Anthony, of the home; mother-in-law, Lucy Love, Fort Scott, Kan.; and several nieces and nephews. His parents; a son, Billy Jay Anthony; one sister, Virginia Lee Benedict; and two brothers, Walter J. Anthony and James D. Anthony, preceded him in death.
Elder Joe Rei assisted by the Rev. Robin Reeves will conduct funeral services at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 14, in the Cheney Witt Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery with military honors conducted by Post No. 1165 V.F.W. Memorials are suggested to either the Hammond United Methodist Church or the Community of Christ Church and may be sent to Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, KS 66701.