Mark Anthony, a wonderful husband, father, and loyal friend went to be with
Jesus on January 13, 2022, free at last from the captivity of
was born in Monahans, Texas, on September 22, 1950, to Oscie and Vinita Anthony.
Mark graduated from Monahans High School in 1969. Upon graduation, he attended
Texas A&M University, where he joined the Corps of Cadets. On campus, he
found two lifetime loves. The first was the game of rugby where he played in
the scrum. A career highlight was competing on the 1974 National Championship
team, which was inducted into the Texas A&M Rugby Hall of Fame in 2018. At
the Baptist Student Union, Mark met his second-lifetime love, Charla McCulloch.
Mark and Charla married on April 20, 1974, at Central Baptist Church, Bryan, and in
1984, were blessed with a son, Philip.
graduating from Texas A&M in 1973, Mark began a career in commercial
construction. For 35 years he owned and operated Mark Anthony Company and
Philcom Constructors. Some of his favorite projects were churches and he was
privileged to participate in the construction of over 20 churches.
achieved a lifelong dream of ranching, acquiring a modest herd of cattle with
the guidance of his father-in-law Charles McCulloch and friend, Neil Scott.
This endeavor provided Philip the opportunity to be in the Texas 4H youth
program, just like his parents.
had a God-given talent to sing! He shared this gift at weddings, community
functions, funerals, church revivals, and in the choir at Central, College
Station, where he was an ordained deacon.
in college, Mark came to know Jesus as his Savior and he was eager to share the good news about Christ. He knew that it is the power of God at work, saving
anyone who believes. He often shared with friends and
strangers how God makes us right in his sight through
faith and trust in Jesus. Mark demonstrated a
Christ-centered life providing for family, serving others, expressing kindness,
while loving and serving the Lord.
is survived by his wife of 47 years, Charla, son Philip and his wife Kelly, his
granddaughters Noelle and Hope Anthony and brothers Rayford and James Anthony,
his nieces, nephews, and extended family. Mark was preceded in death by his
parents, brothers Wesley and Morris Anthony, and Charla’s parents, Charles and Mary
Anthony family is grateful for all the friends that supported Mark during his
illness. Enabling him to volunteer at the W. 26th St Food Pantry and
SHIP Ministries, attend Aggie rugby events, and sing in his church choir.
are grateful to Demetria Bircher, Shamone Green, Isabell Duran, Vada Watt, and
Traditions Hospice for the exceptional and compassionate care they provided to
A Celebration of Mark’s life will be held at
Central Church, 1991 FM 158, College Station, Texas, on February 12, 2022, at
11 a.m. For those who wish to express sympathy, consider honoring Mark with a
donation to the O. Mark Anthony ’73 Memorial Rugby Scholarship here or to Central church at centralbcs.org.
Mark joined Texas A&M Rugby his freshman year in 1969. At the 25th Anniversary of the club 25 years ago, as he
introduced his friend and coach Roger Boos, he described that team with these
words, "disciplined, a brotherhood, completely accepting, always learning
and well-coached. We never quit till the
final whistle and we had fun.” After
graduating in '73, Mark continued to play with the team for over 10 years
and also played two seasons with the Houston Heathens. Mark was
selected often to the Texas RFU Select Side, as well as the
Western RFU. He also tried out for the
Mark was also one of the very early Texas A&M Rugby team members and was critical to the scrum, both in set pieces, rucks, and lineouts at the lock position.
Mark was the difference between
playing offense and defense after lineouts and his excellence at Lock did not
go unnoticed by the Texas and Western RFU Select Sides. Mark Anthony was also a fierce tackler and
always made a difference in loose play, especially in rucks where his big rugby
boots would often make the difference between winning and losing
possession. Mark also provided terrific
power pushes for scrum downs.
Mark was integral in the success of
the ’74 National Championship Team and he was our father figure off the field in
the late '70s to early ’80s. Mark Anthony
set the tone before and during the match with his words and actions. As good as Mark Anthony was on the pitch,
perhaps his biggest contributions were off the pitch, where he often hired
rugby players in his commercial building business and taught them how to frame
with metal studs and hang drywall. Mark
made many donations behind the scenes to fund whatever needed to be funded for
road trips, the team, and the club. His
decades of leadership on and off the field were invaluable to Texas A&M and Old
Maroon Rugby Football Clubs.
Mark was inducted into the Texas A&M Rugby Hall of Fame on March 24, 2018.
Mark’s tenure as a player is
unprecedented; during his playing days, a player did not have to be enrolled in
school. From his contributions to Texas A&M winning the ’74 Collegiate Rugby National Championship, through all the
winning seasons of the early 1980s, Mark’s contributions on and off the pitch aided in the club’s success like no other during that time period.
We fondly referred to Mark Anthony as
Of his collegiate years of play,
Mark often said, “never in life had I experienced the unconditional acceptance
and respect that I received from my Aggie teammates. I knew that I had found my
Mark, from all of us who had the pleasure to be on the pitch with you or know you,
we love you.
Every year Old Maroon Rugby Football Club strives to award various Scholarships to deserving players of the Texas A&M Rugby Football Club for their outstanding grades, efforts, and contributions to the club. You have the opportunity to help these players in assisting with their semester and annual expenses such as books, tuition, housing, etc. while honoring the memory of a Fallen Aggie Rugger.
Below you can choose your giving level or enter your own as you wish. If you would like to make a donation to this Scholarship Fund of more than $5,000 or an Endowed Level of $25,000+ please contact us.
If you would like to save the ~3% fee of online processing you can make a check made out to "Old Maroon RFC" with "Mark Anthony Scholarship" in the memo and mail it to:
Old Maroon RFC
c/o Doug Chester
6312 Southern Cross Dr
College Station, TX 77845