WAY ~ Anthony Nathaniel Way was born July 3, 1937 in Jacksonville, Florida, to Ruth Merchant Way and Cornelius Way. He lived in Jacksonville with his ten brothers and sisters.
After graduating from Matthew Gilbert High School, Anthony enlisted into the United States Navy. While in the US Navy, he was assigned to various ships and duty stations around the world, he received various awards and accommodations including the “Good Conduct Medal”, and he travelled the world extensively. He was honorably discharged July 15, 1959.
After being discharged, Anthony returned to Jacksonville (Out 21st as it is commonly known) whereupon he met Julia Delores Way who had recently moved with her family from New York City; it was love at first sight.
Anthony’s first job after the military was at the Maxwell House Coffee plant in Jacksonville. Ten years later, he began working at Anheuser Busch where he worked for thirty years until he retired.
While working at Anheuser Busch, he had three heart attacks, had a pacemaker and defibrillator implanted, and after each procedure he would always return to work. Because of his tenacity, his co-workers gave him the nickname, “SUPERMAN.”
In his younger years, Anthony was an outstanding baseball player. His prowess on the baseball diamond is legendary among his peers. He was an avid sports fan and loved the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Atlanta Braves, the St. Louis Cardinals, boxing, playing Bid Whist and watching Tiger Woods.
A faithful member of Bethel Baptist Church for many years, Anthony was a hardworking man who always provided for his family.
Anthony is preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Joseph (Lawton, Oklahoma), Larry Smith (Jacksonville), and Barbara Way (Jacksonville). He is survived by his wife, Delores Way; children, Anthony Way (Zurich, Switzerland), Katina Way-Bates (Jacksonville), and Timothy Parker (Orlando, Florida); granddaughters, Megan Sapp (Jacksonville) and Mia Sapp (Jacksonville); great granddaughter, Milan Scott (Jacksonville); brothers, Willie Way (New York City), Cornelius Way (Jacksonville), Gregory Smith (Jacksonville), Roderick Smith (Jacksonville); sisters, Wilhelmina Savage (Jacksonville) and Linda Quarterman (Jacksonville); mother-in-law, Geraldine Griffin (Jacksonville); brother-in-law, Samuel McGee (Mount Vernon, New York); sister-in-law, Jackie McClendon (Jacksonville); sons-in-law, Yves Rossel (Zurich, Switzerland) and Samuel Bates (Jacksonville); a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, loving friends, co-workers and neighbors including special friend, Robert Norris; and faithful caregiver, Beverly Holt.
Celebration of Life Service for Mr. Anthony Way will be 10:00 AM Friday, June 1, 2018 at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church, 215 Bethel Baptist Street, Bishop Rudolph W. McKissick, Jr. Senior Pastor & Bishop Rudolph W. McKissick, Sr., Pastor Emeritus. Family will receive friends Thursday from 5 – 7 PM at The Soutel Chapel. Interment at Jacksonville National Cemetery. Because of the love of his family, arrangements entrusted to J. E. Fralin & Sons Funeral & Cremation Services, 5065 Soutel Dr, 904.924.9400.