Anthony was born in western North Carolina where he grew up on a tobacco and hog farm where he spent most of his free time playing sports, hunting and fishing the southern Appalachian Mountains. At 19 he joined the Army as an M1A1 Armor Crewmen and deployed during the initial invasion of Iraq in 2003 where he served as the gunner for the first ever tank deployed to a combat zone by means of aircraft.
After his initial enlistment in Germany with 1 st Infantry Division and deployment with 173 rd Airborne Brigade he then went on to be stationed in South Korea with 2 nd Infantry Division, Ft. Bliss, TX with 1 st Armor Division, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, Ft Hood, TX with 1st Cavalry Division and finally back to Germany for his final assignment. Throughout his career he held two military occupational specialties as an Armor Crewmen and Religious Affairs Specialist totaling two and a half years of combat pay in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
Anthony always found a way to enjoy the outdoors no matter where he was stationed. During his last assignment he had the opportunity to travel around Europe and rediscovered his passion for fly fishing, with a particular interest in the Soča Valley in Slovenia. He has also completed his National Wild Turkey Federation grand slam, harvesting all four sub-species of wild turkey in the continental United States. Those times in the outdoors consistently served as a grounding point to balance the stress of military service and family life.
After 20 consecutive years of active duty Anthony and his family have returned home to North Carolina where they spend their free time enjoying the beauty of the area and fishing the seemingly endless amount of trout streams of the Smokey Mountains.