Obituary of Anthony Alan Barbee
Anthony Alan Barbee was born in Detroit, Michigan on December 9, 1962. He was one of three children born to the union of Joseph Arley Barbee and Christine Joanne (Firestone) Barbee. He was a 1980 graduate of Harry Truman High School in Taylor, Michigan. Anthony loved his country and with a strong desire to serve a greater cause he enlisted in the United States Marine Corp on February 3, 1982. He obtained the rank of Corporal, serving one year in foreign services being discharged on February 2, 1986.
He made his home in Yuma, Arizonia for several years where he attended the Arizonia Police Academy taking a position with the Yuma Police. He soon made his way back to Michigan where he worked in the Downriver area in law enforcement. Anthony left police work to be employed in the transportation industry for Mesaba. Working with aircraft he became a talented mechanic and often instructed others. He became a Delta employee when Mesaba was bought out and spent several years in Georgia. In 2018, he returned back to Monroe to be near family.
Anthony loved to ride his custom, Harley Davidson motorcycle. He was the former President of the Leathernecks Biker Club and was proud to be known by the name of "Deadbolt". In his free time, he often worked on his home, and being very handy he completed a plethora of projects.
Anthony was very likeable. He was always up for a good time and usually brought the good times with him. His favorite thing to do was to spoil his grandchildren, spoiling them with fruit snacks and ice cream. He remained very proud of his military service, and was honored to fly the American flag.
Anthony Allen Barbee, age 60, of Fowlerville, Michigan formerly of Monroe passed away unexpectedly on Thursday; July 20, 2023 at his home. His passing was preceded by his father: Joseph Arley Barbee; and a nephew: Gregory Lankford.
To cherish his memory, he leaves two daughters: Gina (Ben) Osborne of LaSalle and Emily (Sean) Heuring of Fort Riley, Kansas; his mother: Christine Joanne Barbee of Taylor; a sister: Tina Barbee of Milford; a brother: Kenny (Darla) Barbee of Brighton; five beloved grandchildren: Everly Heuring, Jaxon Morrison, Aurora Heuring, Arlie Osborne, and June Osborne.
Friends may gather from 3:00pm until 7:00pm on Thursday; July 27, 2023, at Merkle Funeral Service, South Monroe; 14567 South Dixie Highway, Monroe, Michigan 48161 (734) 241-7070. A Celebration of His Life will follow at 7:00pm also at Merkle’s with Deacon Mike Stewart officiating. Cremation has taken place through the on-site crematory, Covenant Cremation of Erie, Michigan.
Memorials for those who desire are suggested to the Community Uplift Program to assist veterans. Online guests may leave words of inspiration and comfort or share a photo by visiting www.merklefs.com.