It is with great sadness that the family of Raymond James Anton announces his passing Saturday, December 12, 2020 at the age 86 at the MS VA Nursing Home in Kosciusko.
Ray was born June 17th, 1934 in Pittsburg, PA. He graduated from Penn State with a degree in Chemistry and Animal Husbandry. He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict and was stationed in Germany. Ray moved to Canton, MS in 1960 and purchased a 1200-acre farm on the Big Black River, dubbing it “The Golden Eagle Ranch” where he raised and bred Galloway Cattle and had large fruit orchards. He worked closely with Stark Bro’s Nursery in developing apples, plums, peaches that would grow in the southern states.
Ray was very involved with the youth of Canton and Madison County. He was a Little League baseball coach, Assistant Scout Master and later Scout Master of Troop 49 for 25 years. He also assisted at the Sunnybrook Children’s’ Home supplying cattle and calves for the children to participate in 4-H.
Ray was always full of energy, loved life, travel, and never meet a stranger. He loved his family and friends, and never hesitated to share his jokes and vast wealth of knowledge of almost any subject but some of his favorites were woodworking, and his love of rose gardening.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Francis Paul Anton and Roberta Turner Anton of Pittsburg, PA.
Ray is survived by; brother, Richard Paul Anton (Bonnie), of Pittsburg, PA; daughter, Catherine Anton Duncan (David) of Brandon, MS; son, Clifford Paul Anton (Diana) of Canton: Grandson, Benjamin Austin Purvis of New Orleans, Blair Elliott Purvis (Stephanie), of Sandhill, MS, Anderson Anton; Granddaughter, Kimberly Anton; Great Granddaughter, Elizabeth Rae Purvis; Great Grandson, Ripp Lane Purvis: Nephews, Francis Paul Anton of Memphis, and David Michael Anton (Lynette); Great Nephew, R.P. Anton Great; Niece, Quinn Anton, all of Victoria NY; Susan Swett Anton, longtime companion and mother to children; and lots of dear friends in Canton.
Graveside services will be 2:00 PM December 16, 2020 at the Canton Cemetery.
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