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Kenny Brothers Funeral Directors

3600 West 95Th Street, Evergreen Park, IL

OBITUARY

Anthony Vern Christopher, Sr.

November 29, 1930August 19, 2019
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The plan of God for the life of Anthony Vern Christopher, Sr. saw that he was born to the union of Willie Inez and Herman John Christopher, Sr. on November 29, 1930.

Anthony leaves to cherish his memory his devoted wife of 64 years Annie, his children Toni, Anthony, Jr. (“Kip”), Karen(“Kay”), and Robert (“Bobby”); his grandchildren Raina, Anthony III (“Trey”), Derrick, Jr., Kelly, Heather, Ashley, Benjamin, and Byanca; and great-granddaughter Dasche; his beloved sister Cleo, sisters-in-law Leandres, Edna, Dolly, Helen, O’Dessa, and Gertha, and brothers-in-law Grant Sr., and Jonas Sr., seven half-brothers and sisters, and a great host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

The visitation will be held Thursday, August 29 from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The wake will take place Friday, August 30 at 10:00 am at Kenny Brothers Funeral Directors followed by an 11:00 am chapel funeral service. Interment at Lincoln Cemetery.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, August 29, 2019
  • Wake Friday, August 30, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, August 30, 2019
  • Interment Friday, August 30, 2019

Memories

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Karen Smith-Barge

August 30, 2019

My deepest sympathies to the family. May the God of comfort be with all of you.
Everyone always said that Anthony and Fred looked alike, now my son, Freddy is following suit. I just pray the the fortitude of a solid personality that Anthony possessed will trickle down the gene pool to my children and future generations.
Please, be comforted and blessed. You are in my prayers.

Charlly Streeter

August 27, 2019

To Karen, Mother-Christopher, Heather, Ashley and Loving, Christopher Family
I and Cornelia are deeply saddened for your Loss.
Through God's Grace and Mercy, He will see you through and give your troubled Hearts JOY in time... We must Except, what we can not change! "God's WILL must be Done"
We Pray your Family will find, Joy in knowing Father-Christopher Sr. has entered through the GOLDEN PEARLY GATES, No more Tears, Pain, or Suffering.
Trust in the Lord, HOLD on to one another, this too, Shall come to Pass. We Love You ALL so very much. A Family that:
PRAY together, STAY together
Amen

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Biography

The plan of God for the life of Anthony Vern Christopher, Sr. saw that he was born to the union of Willie Inez and Herman John Christopher, Sr. on November 29, 1930. He attended Forestville Elementary school, where he was advanced a grade due to his God-given intellectual curiosity and the discipline to apply himself to his studies. He went on to graduate from Dusable High School in December 1948. His love of music was forged and refined during his days in the high school band. Shortly after high school Anthony (Chris to his friends) enlisted in the United States Air Force. He served in several capacities including as drummer in the USAF band for three years.

Upon leaving the USAF, Anthony experienced a divine encounter that was orchestrated by God. He was introduced to the love of his life Annie. We know this meeting was God ordained. Annie and her friend Leandres were childhood friends from middle school in Amite County, Mississippi and had lost touch. Unbeknownst to either of them, they had each moved to Chicago in the interim years and Leandres had married Louis Sr., Anthony’s brother. One day Annie and Leandres literally bumped into each other in the ladies’ restroom at Montgomery Ward’s where unbeknownst to them they both worked. Their reconnection was instant and filled the air with anticipation. Soon after, Leandres introduced her longtime friend Annie to her brother-in-law Anthony. This was in the spring of 1955. Annie and Anthony were married in October 1955.

Prior to his marriage, after leaving the USAF, Anthony began working at Byrd & Son Roofing Company where he worked for 18 years. Eventually he became president of the local roofer's union. He attended night school and received an Associate's degree in Accounting from Wilson Jr. College (now known as Kennedy-King). He then enrolled in University of Illinois Circle Campus to further his education but the hand of God intervened in his life.

About this same time, Anthony learned of an opportunity with the City of Chicago Department of Housing. He took the test for the position of Relocation Representative for the Chicago office. One hundred twenty five people took that test; Anthony was one of only 12 people who were hired. Over the next 30 years he worked his way from the bottom up and became the Director of Relocation at the City of Chicago Department of Housing. Anthony retired in 1998 to relax and enjoy the good life. Upon retirement, he was recognized and commended by then Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley for his exemplary service and outstanding leadership in the City of Chicago.

Throughout his career at Byrd & Son and at The Department of Housing, Anthony played bi-weekly gigs as a drummer with his band at popular Chicagoland entertainment venues, giving him a much needed creative outlet. God was faithful to open doors for Anthony to use his talent, doing something he loved, to provide extra income in support of his family. In addition to being an accomplished drummer, he also played piano and keyboard. His true passion was writing music and musicals. Later in life, he would sometimes sit at the piano in the living room, start singing to his family and in general putting on a great show. Even as recent as June this year, while in the hospital, he would singsongs he wrote to the nurses attending to his care. He was well and widely read, had an uncommon sense of humor, a quick wit, and a keen love of world history, news, and current events. Anthony reflected and expressed to his family quite often how when he looked back, he knew the hand of God was indeed upon his life, all of his life.

Anthony is preceded in death by his daughter Andrea, his brothers Herman John, Jr (“HJ”), Louis Sr., his sisters Alma Ruth, Camillia, Delores, Alfreda, and Augustine, his brothers-in-law Willie (“Bill”), Robert Jr. (“Jr.”), Will Henry, and sisters-in-law Annie Bell and Elise.

Anthony leaves to cherish his memory his devoted wife of 64 years Annie, his children Toni, Anthony, Jr. (“Kip”), Karen(“Kay”), and Robert (“Bobby”); his grandchildren Raina, Anthony III (“Trey”), Derrick, Jr., Kelly, Heather, Ashley, Benjamin, and Byanca; and great-granddaughter Dasche; his beloved sister Cleo, sisters-in-law Leandres, Edna, Dolly, Helen, O’Dessa, and Gertha, and brothers-in-law Grant Sr., and Jonas Sr., seven half-brothers and sisters, and a great host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.