As Warehouse Supervisor for the district, Mr. Eddie Anthony does his job with speed and precision. It’s no wonder he’s fast at organizing packages and arranging deliveries, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.2 seconds in high school, a record that got him recognition in the Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine in 1980.
He said, “I was fast, but it didn’t get me a scholarship. I played football, basketball and track in high school. I ran a 4.2 40 in training for football.”
Mr. Anthony has been with Lufkin ISD for the past two years coming from Lufkin Industries where he worked for 28 years in Parts & Supplies.
“In two more years I could have retired. I’ve never been laid off but left at the closure. I like what I’ve done all my life. A lot of what I do now I did at Lufkin Industries,” said Mr. Anthony.
His day begins at 5:30 a.m. even though the job doesn’t officially begin until 6:30 a.m., but he gets there early to help schools get what they need before the school day begins.
He said, “Garrett Primary’s freezer is down, so I get here early to help them get what they need out of our freezer. The first thing I do in the morning is check emails to see what requests and orders are made. I enjoy learning.”
He said he expects the dog kennel for the canine police officer to arrive in the warehouse in about a week. According to Mr. Anthony, the science department at LHS gets the strangest items delivered.
“Pig hearts, animal organs, all shrink wrapped when they arrive,” he said are just some examples of orders that have arrived for LHS science.
Born and raised in San Augustine, Texas, Mr. Anthony was one of nine children. His parents worked in the wood industry. Mr. Anthony’s first job was at L.L.Higgins Feed Store in San Augustine. He said at the time, the school was 3A and had almost 100 in his graduating class.
When he’s not managing the Warehouse Department and sorting through purchase orders, Mr. Anthony is a rancher. He has cows and has a beautiful view of Sam Rayburn for his backyard. He enjoys hunting and hanging out in his ‘man cave’ complete with a 72” TV that he doesn’t use for watching much football.
He said, “Watching sports on TV gives me hypertension!”
What gives Mr. Anthony joy is a simple routine. He likes the atmosphere, dealing with people, and has a passion for inventory. He likes things orderly and claims to be OCD.
He said, “I enjoy seeing smiles on people’s faces when they receive what they’ve ordered on time.” Then he said with a smile, “If I can’t do it, it’s not my fault.”
Thank you, Mr. Anthony, for all you do to keep this district running on the fast track.