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Anthony "Tony" C. Carmichael was born in Zanesville, Ohio, the fourth of seven children, to William and Beryl Carmichael (Bailey). Tony enlisted in the US Army after graduating from Zanesville High School. He served two tours in Vietnam where he earned a National Defense Service Medal as well as Vietnam Service and Campaign medals. After leaving the army, Tony earned an Associates in Electrical Engineering from Zane State College (previously Muskingum Area Technical College). Tony became the first black engineer in the Ohio Bell Southeast Ohio Division. He later worked for AT&T and then Lucent Technologies as an Engineering Instructor, where he traveled across the world teaching fiber optics and big switch engineering. His career took him to Egypt, the Philippines, Brazil, Australia, Saudi Arabia, and Germany, among others. Tony retired from Lucent Technologies in 1999 and worked as a bus driver for the Columbus City Schools and as a private construction contractor.
When not working or spending time with family, Tony loved to be near and on the water. He was an avid fisherman and boater. He was also a PADI certified Rescue Diver, and enjoyed scuba diving in various oceans, all over the world. He enjoyed working on construction projects and was a skilled craftsman. He would often help friends and family with home repairs and construction projects. He enjoyed music very much and played saxophone and sang in many choirs. Throughout his life Tony was very active in his Christian faith. Most recently he was a member of Asbury North United Methodist Church, where he served as a delegate to the National United Methodist Conference.
Most of all, Tony loved his family. In his later years, he would remark at how blessed he felt for the life he had lived and for the people God had put in his life along his journey. He and his wife Irma had many adventures together, including traveling on mission trips to countries in central Africa. They also restored a beautiful historical home together which was featured in Tour of Homes events and in publications. He adored his four grandchildren (Jasmine, Jaliliah, Ian Jr. and Nia) and was an active an important part of their lives.
Tony leaves behind his wife, Irma Phillips – Carmichael; daughter, Jamie Carmichael whom he had with his first wife and friend, Joyce Carmichael; step daughter, Rebecca Smith (Preddie); son-in-law, Ian Preddie; Grandchildren, Jasmine, Jalilah, Ian Jr and Nia. He also leaves behind his sisters, Judith Jones (Carmichael), and Lois Ford (Carmichael), and his brothers James Carmichael and Patrice Carmichael (Paula Carmichael), as well as many beloved nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind many friends whom he loved dearly.
Tony truly lived life to the fullest. His outgoing nature, his wisecracks, generosity, intelligence and loving spirit will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests sending memorial contributions to:
Asbury United Methodist Church – Children’s Ministry:  Tony had a love for Asbury and was a regular contributor to and participant in children’s ministry activities.  Please indicate “Asbury UMC Children’s Ministry”.
The American Music Therapy Association – Tony loved music.  A scholarship program will be established in his memory for a student pursing multicultural coursework in music therapy.  Please indicate “The Anthony C. Carmichael Award” in the notes section that reads “In Memory Of” – Click Donate button on left side of homepage – Scroll down to “AMTA Scholarship Donation” and click to enter amount and Award name.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 | 11:00am - 11:30am
    Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 11:00am - 11:30am
    1586 CLIFTON AVE
    COLUMBUS, OH 43203
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  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 | 11:30am
    Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 11:30am
    1586 CLIFTON AVE
    COLUMBUS, OH 43203
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    Rev. Michaela Brown-Jasper
  • Interment

    Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 |
    Thursday, January 2nd, 2020
    4100 WEST THIRD ST
    DAYTON, Ohio 45429-1008
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Rodney and Lynette Cashaw-Davis

Posted at 10:34am
Jamie and Dr. P-C: We are praying for you both and know that God's grace will surround you and your family with peach and courage during this time.
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Michael Holbert

Posted at 08:26pm
So sorry to hear about the loss of a dear friend, My knowledge of him comes from where he lived as a kid. He was about 3 years older than I was and as far as I know, he never made it home to Zanesville, Ohio. His brother Pat should remember me as I ran with him and Teddy Williams. Yes Pat I'm :
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Terrence E Brown, Pastor

Posted at 01:27pm
Deepest sympathy from Greater Apostolic Church of Christ, Zanesville, Ohio.
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Posted at 11:13am
Hi Irma, Pat and I are so sorry to learn of Tony’s passing. Tony and I worked together in Cairo, Egypt as well as at the Dublin training center. Tony was highly thought of at all of his destination locations and truly considered a well trained professional. In the 12 years that we worked and traveled together Tony and I became very good friends, and he will be missed. Our prayers are with you and your family. Nathaniel and Patricia Jones

Karen Muntzing

Posted at 08:22am
Have been holding you, Irma, and your family in my thoughts and prayers since hearing of Anthoy's death. My husband and I had the privilege of being in a small group gathering with Anthony and Ethel Johnson some years ago. Through mutual friends and West Ohio, I'd gotten to know him, and you a bit. Praying that you are comforted by deep and abiding love, and that God may draw you and your family closer to one another and closer to the Giver of life. Giving God thanks for Anthony's life, and for its great witness to fullness and love.

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