In memory of
Anthony Lee Molchan
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In memory of
Anthony Lee Molchan
Anthony Lee Molchan Anthony Lee "Tony" Molchan, 74, died peacefully in his wife's arms at the Palliative Care Unit of Vidant Hospital in Greenville, NC, on Sunday, January 1, 2017. He had been surrounded by his children and close friends constantly during his time in Palliative Care. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held on Saturday, January 14, at 2 p.m., at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, located at 578 Vernon White Road, in Winterville, NC. Family will receive friends following the service there until 4 p.m. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mary Alice Copeland Molchan, and son, Jamie Michael Molchan, of the home; another son, Anthony Peter Molchan, of Greenville, NC; a daughter, Meredith Elizabeth Molchan Guillet, and her husband, Adam Guillet, of Durham, NC; a brother, Daniel Molchan, of Warwick, NY; a sister, Elizabeth Molchan Cindrich, of Rock Hill, SC; a nephew, Stephen Demoratz, of Mechanicsville, VA; and five nieces. Tony was born on May 19, 1942, in East Liverpool, OH, to Peter "Pete" and Elizabeth "Lee" Daniels Molchan. He grew up in nearby Ohioville, PA. He had a happy childhood and was raised in the Jehovah's Witness faith by his parents. On December 3, 1955, he was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses. In 1960, he graduated with honors from Lincoln High School in Midland, PA. Tony came to Edenton, NC, in the fall of 1960 for the purpose of engaging in voluntary full-time Bible ministry work ("pioneering"). He later served with the Washington, NC, congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. This was followed by an assignment in Ahoskie, NC, where he helped establish the congregation there. By the summer of 1964, he moved to Scotland Neck, NC, where he took a full-time job as a salesman in order to be closer to his fiancee, Mary Alice Copeland, of Palmyra, NC. They were married on September 19, 1964. They made their home in Scotland Neck for two years until Tony's work took them to Greenville, NC, in 1966, where they have resided ever since. Tony continued to advance in the world of sales and accepted a job in 1978 with the Horace Mann Insurance Company, which is based out of Springfield, IL, and focuses primarily on educators as clients. In his very first year, he was a million dollar producer and qualified for a trip to Hawaii in the spring of 1979. He continued to make advancement and was rewarded with other trips. These included traveling to locations such as the islands of the Caribbean via cruise ship; Bal Harbour, FL; Cape Cod, MA; and San Francisco, CA, where Tony and Mary Alice stayed at the famous Fairmont Hotel atop Nob Hill. Tony continued advancing with Horace Mann until he retired in 2000 as a Senior Account Executive. Tony had a very full life that included many interests and activities. He excelled at public speaking. He enjoyed playing golf and was a member of the Ayden Golf and Country Club. He served as President of the Seniors' Tournament there for several years, organizing the tournament and then celebrating afterward with a catered dinner for the players and their spouses. Tony was a huge sports fan, especially of football and baseball. His favorite teams in those sports were the Washington Redskins and the Saint Louis Cardinals, respectively. Aside from playing golf himself, Tony also enjoyed following the PGA, and particularly enjoyed watching the Masters Tournament, held in Augusta, GA, each Spring. He had a vast wealth of sports statistics and trivia in his keen brain. Tony was a lifelong learner as well as an avid reader. He especially loved animals and had many pets over the years. These included his dogs Whitey, Snoopy, Luba, and Sari, and his cats Pumpkin, Fluffy, Martha, and Homeless. Tony was well known throughout eastern NC, as his job with Horace Mann took him to many schools, primarily in Lenoir and Duplin Counties. He will be greatly missed for the good, caring, conscientious man that he was. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to either the South Greenville Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses, located in Winterville, NC; the National Humane Society; or the American Heart Association. Arrangements made by Jimmy D. Sawyer Crematory & Funeral Services, Washington, N.C. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.jimmysawyerfdl.com . As published in The Daily Reflector
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