KANNAPOLIS Anthony Blake McElrath, 66, of Kingston Drive, Kannapolis, gained his heavenly wings Sunday, Sept. 15, at Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte He was born April 10, 1953, in Morganton, to the late Fred McElrath Sr. and the late Addie Connelly McElrath. Anthony was educated in the Morganton Schools and was a 1971 graduate of Morganton High School. He continued his education at Evans College and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 2012, and was the CEO/Owner of Memories by Anthony Photography Studio in Concord. Anthony attended First Missionary Baptist Church of Concord, where he formally served on the Usher Board, Trustee Committee, and as a Production Team Lead. Services will be held Saturday, Sept. 21, at First Missionary Baptist Church, 59 Chestnut Drive, SW, Concord, NC. Visitation will be 12 to 1 p.m., with funeral services at 1 p.m. Burial will follow at Carolina Memorial Park. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Fred McElrath Jr. Those left to cherish his fond memories include his wife, Cynthia McElrath of the home; two daughters, Antiffia McElrath of Greer, S.C., Vontriece McElrath-Flowe of Concord; son, Emmanuel Avery of Morganton; two grandchildren, Anthony Flowe and Kendall Flowe both of Concord; three sisters, Angela McElrath of Burlington, Sharon McElrath, and Karon McElrath both of Greensboro; two brothers, Jeffery McElrath (Diane) of Morganton, Trench McElrath of Las Vegas, Nev.; sister-in-law, Stephanie McElrath of Morganton, and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Clark Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements for Anthony McElrath.

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