Anthony "Coach Wash" Washington 52, fought a courageous battle, and was called home by our Heavenly Father on Wednesday, October 20, 2010.
Anthony was born in Galveston, TX to James , Sr. and Johnnie Mae Howard Washington. He was a member of Shiloh A.M.E. Church. Anthony graduated from Ball High School, with the "class of 1976". Anthony was well known as a coach and mentor for GISD for 33 years, he also worked for Galveston Recreation Center, until his retirement in September 2010. He loved coaching a variety of sports, especially football, teaching students to swim, refereeing basketball games, attending High School football games, and watching College and NFL football games. Coach Wash had a smile that would light up a room. He will continue to be loved and missed by many.
Anthony was preceded in death by his mother, Rev. Johnnie Mae Washington; brother, Arthur Washington; and granddaughter Alre'ona Hart. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Joy Washington; father, James Washington, Sr.; sons, Rodrick Matthews, Anthony Washington II, Tyreese Washington; daughters, Sharonda Williams, Tracy Nelson, Sharrise Cotton (TJ), Latrice Walker, April Johnson; brothers, James , Jr., and Albert Washington; sisters, Brenda (Henry) Washington, Sheila (Calvin) Watkins, and Marilyn Felix; seven grandchildren; one great grandchild; special friends, Shelia Smith-Brown, Yvette Rittenhouse, Lawrence Thomas, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
The family will be receiving friends on Friday, October 29, 2010, from 6-8PM at Jerusalem Baptist Church. A service celebrating the life of Anthony will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 30, 2010, also at the Jerusalem church, Rev. A.S. Johnson, Pastor; Rev. E. R. Johnson, officiating, and Rev. K. W. Tillmon, Eulogist. Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Galveston.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to GISD and the Galveston Community, Dr. M. Wills of UTMB and the Oncology Clinical Staff, and UTMB TDJC.