Robert Anthony Posey
July 19, 1946 -
August 18, 2017

Visitation

August 23, 2017
11:00 a.m. until time of service

Service 

August 23, 2017
1:00 p.m.

Interment

Obituary

Funeral service for Mr. Robert “Tony” Anthony Posey, age 71, of Fayetteville, will be conducted 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at Higgins Funeral Home with Rev. Harold Dawkins officiating. Burial will be in Stewart Cemetery at a later date.

Mr. Posey was a native of Lincoln County, Tennessee and born on July 19, 1946 to the late C.L. “Ted” and Odell Walker Posey. He attended Fayetteville Schools, graduating from Central High School in 1964. After high school graduation, he joined the US Air Force and served in Vietnam, retiring as a Staff Sergeant. Mr. Posey attended Belmont University and graduated from Carson-Newman College in 1973. After college graduation, he served for 35 years in the civilian Army, living in the Philippines, Germany and Panama. He was a teacher and football coach at Springfield Junior High in Springfield, TN, a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville, TN and loved UT Football. He passed away on August 18, 2017 at Lincoln Medical Center.

Survivors include his daughter, Lissa (Ron) Cooke of Bowling Green, KY; son, David Heltsley of Springfield, TN; granddaughter, Lydia Cooke; and special friends, Becky Bartlett and Benny and Regina King.

Visitation with the family will be from 11 a.m. until time of service on Wednesday at Higgins Funeral Home.

Video Services

18 Comments

  1. Bob Hensley. (The class of '64)

    I will always remember our football practices together under Coach Bucky Pitts. Anthony always displayed his dertermination for playing football even in practice. He always gave it his all. I was looking forward to seeing you at our next reunion. You will sadly be missed by all. RIP Anthony.

    Reply
  2. Patsy Wright Herrell

    Anthony loved to write poetry and I hope he would like this one..
    To my dearest family, some things I’d like to say…
    but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
    I’m writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
    Here, there’s no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

    Please do not be unhappy just because I’m out of sight.
    Remember that I’m with you every morning, noon and night.
    That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
    God picked me up and hugged me and He said, “I welcome you.”

    Reply
  3. Janice Harwell

    Anthony was a dear friend that I cherished. He loved to talk on the phone. Always happy, always something good to say about everyone. He was a friend to all of the classmates of the Class of 64. He will truly be missed.

    Reply
  4. Rhonda Wilbanks

    I will seeing that big smile of yours at Goodys, always looking for the latest orange and white…. I will miss hearing you ask from a county mile away what about them VOLS cousin? RIP

    Reply
  5. Rosalind Sowell Greer - Class of '64

    I went to school with Anthony for 12 years. He always was so kind, positive, and a great friend…He always had that smile – still the same after all these years. He will be missed.

    Reply
  6. Dicky Roy Walker

    Love you buddy

    Reply
  7. Linda F. Williams

    Anthony was one of the sweetest people I ever knew. I am so sorry for your loss.

    Reply
  8. david ready

    I have many fond memories of Anthony and our 12 yrs. of school together. We enjoyed activities at First Baptist Church. May God bless all who knew and loved him

    Reply
  9. Steve Cooper ; Chattanooga

    I remember growing up with Anthony & how he always had nice things to say about everything. He was a caring kind of guy that seemed to always shine through his personality. His Parents were his life in those early years. It has been good seeing him in recent years at our “64 class events. I am saddened by his untimely passing. RIP Anthony.

    Reply
  10. Becky Cullens Miller

    I was fortunate enough to reconnect with Anthony thru Facebook during the last few weeks. I have such fond memories of Anthony and his parents. I am sure heaven has welcomed him with open arms. May God continue to bless the family and loved ones.

    Reply
  11. Larry Askins

    Anthony and I attended all grades (1-12) together. We were also neighbors and played together and we were in the Royal Ambassadors at the First Baptist church in Fayetteville. He had two wonderful parents and he was probably one of the nicest and most humble guys I’ve ever known. We also accidentally bumped into each other in Vietnam – although I don’t remember the details. He was always a friend one could count on. God bless my old friend and your family.

    Reply
  12. Nancy Lewis

    Lisa and David,
    You are in my thoughts and prayers. I understand the loss of one’s parents. Like my Daddy, yours was gone too soon. May the memories you have he comforting .

    Reply
  13. Barbara L Howle

    Tony and my husband were good friends from being in the Air Force. my husband, Lany Howle passed away on april 2nd this year. He and Tony talked rather frequently by phone. Tony was a very nice man. I know he will be missed.

    Reply
  14. Hazel Petty Hyde

    We attended 12 years of school. He was a great person and a friend to those who knew him.

    Reply
  15. John Cowley

    A great guy with a heart as large as the moon. Always has had a big smile and good temperament. Will miss you Anthony.

    Reply
  16. Harold (Pete) Rudd

    Having him as a classmate for 12 years, a class of 64 member, I cherish the fun we had sitting close to each other in classes. He loved sports, especially football, and his work ethic in practice was a reminder to everyone to give it your best. I lost contact with him for several years, but was able to reconnect with him through class reunion and Facebook to the extent I looked forward to seeing his posts, even extolling big orange football. May the family cherish his memory as much as we do.

    Reply
  17. Jane Hamlin Luther

    I remember Anthony and his parents fondly from my childhood, and was pleased to become reacquainted with him a few months before my sister, Barbara, died. He was a good friend to her and I will always love him for it.

    Reply
  18. Karen Karch Gilliam

    Anthony was a classmate of mine for 12 years. He could always engage anyone in a good conversation. He will be missed by many of us. Rest in Peace, Anthony.

    Reply

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Memories

18 Comments

  1. Bob Hensley. (The class of '64)

    I will always remember our football practices together under Coach Bucky Pitts. Anthony always displayed his dertermination for playing football even in practice. He always gave it his all. I was looking forward to seeing you at our next reunion. You will sadly be missed by all. RIP Anthony.

    Reply
  2. Patsy Wright Herrell

    Anthony loved to write poetry and I hope he would like this one..
    To my dearest family, some things I’d like to say…
    but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
    I’m writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
    Here, there’s no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

    Please do not be unhappy just because I’m out of sight.
    Remember that I’m with you every morning, noon and night.
    That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
    God picked me up and hugged me and He said, “I welcome you.”

    Reply
  3. Janice Harwell

    Anthony was a dear friend that I cherished. He loved to talk on the phone. Always happy, always something good to say about everyone. He was a friend to all of the classmates of the Class of 64. He will truly be missed.

    Reply
  4. Rhonda Wilbanks

    I will seeing that big smile of yours at Goodys, always looking for the latest orange and white…. I will miss hearing you ask from a county mile away what about them VOLS cousin? RIP

    Reply
  5. Rosalind Sowell Greer - Class of '64

    I went to school with Anthony for 12 years. He always was so kind, positive, and a great friend…He always had that smile – still the same after all these years. He will be missed.

    Reply
  6. Dicky Roy Walker

    Love you buddy

    Reply
  7. Linda F. Williams

    Anthony was one of the sweetest people I ever knew. I am so sorry for your loss.

    Reply
  8. david ready

    I have many fond memories of Anthony and our 12 yrs. of school together. We enjoyed activities at First Baptist Church. May God bless all who knew and loved him

    Reply
  9. Steve Cooper ; Chattanooga

    I remember growing up with Anthony & how he always had nice things to say about everything. He was a caring kind of guy that seemed to always shine through his personality. His Parents were his life in those early years. It has been good seeing him in recent years at our “64 class events. I am saddened by his untimely passing. RIP Anthony.

    Reply
  10. Becky Cullens Miller

    I was fortunate enough to reconnect with Anthony thru Facebook during the last few weeks. I have such fond memories of Anthony and his parents. I am sure heaven has welcomed him with open arms. May God continue to bless the family and loved ones.

    Reply
  11. Larry Askins

    Anthony and I attended all grades (1-12) together. We were also neighbors and played together and we were in the Royal Ambassadors at the First Baptist church in Fayetteville. He had two wonderful parents and he was probably one of the nicest and most humble guys I’ve ever known. We also accidentally bumped into each other in Vietnam – although I don’t remember the details. He was always a friend one could count on. God bless my old friend and your family.

    Reply
  12. Nancy Lewis

    Lisa and David,
    You are in my thoughts and prayers. I understand the loss of one’s parents. Like my Daddy, yours was gone too soon. May the memories you have he comforting .

    Reply
  13. Barbara L Howle

    Tony and my husband were good friends from being in the Air Force. my husband, Lany Howle passed away on april 2nd this year. He and Tony talked rather frequently by phone. Tony was a very nice man. I know he will be missed.

    Reply
  14. Hazel Petty Hyde

    We attended 12 years of school. He was a great person and a friend to those who knew him.

    Reply
  15. John Cowley

    A great guy with a heart as large as the moon. Always has had a big smile and good temperament. Will miss you Anthony.

    Reply
  16. Harold (Pete) Rudd

    Having him as a classmate for 12 years, a class of 64 member, I cherish the fun we had sitting close to each other in classes. He loved sports, especially football, and his work ethic in practice was a reminder to everyone to give it your best. I lost contact with him for several years, but was able to reconnect with him through class reunion and Facebook to the extent I looked forward to seeing his posts, even extolling big orange football. May the family cherish his memory as much as we do.

    Reply
  17. Jane Hamlin Luther

    I remember Anthony and his parents fondly from my childhood, and was pleased to become reacquainted with him a few months before my sister, Barbara, died. He was a good friend to her and I will always love him for it.

    Reply
  18. Karen Karch Gilliam

    Anthony was a classmate of mine for 12 years. He could always engage anyone in a good conversation. He will be missed by many of us. Rest in Peace, Anthony.

    Reply

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