HARMONY - Philip Carleton "Pat" Annis passed away peacefully at home June 3, 2014, surrounded by his family. He was born on Aug. 2, 1922, in Harmony, the son of Maude Graves Annis and James Howard Annis.
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Philip was educated in the Harmony school system. While there he was given the nickname Pat, which he was called locally for the remainder of his life. Pat went to work at a young age, as did his brothers, in order to help support his sisters so that they could remain in school. Many young boys of the Depression era did the same.
Pat was a veteran of World War II, serving in England, France, Belgium and Germany. He served as a rifleman in the 603rd Tank Destroyer Battalion which was attached to the 6th Armored Division. It was in England where he met and fell in love with his English girl, Betty, whom he married on Oct. 14, 1944.
After the war, Pat worked as a hand sewer in various shoe factories in Maine. He also worked as a carpenter in the local area.
His favorite hobbies were hunting and fishing. He would sometimes boast about his fishing prowess, particularly on Saturday evenings, and he was a good fisherman. However, when prodded, he would admit that he was not quite as good at it as his father, J. Howard, or his brother Reggie. Also one of his favorite places in Maine was his hunting camp in Kingsbury called Cookville.
Pat was a member of the Harmony Chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was also a member of the Harmony Volunteer Fire Department in his younger days, which he helped organize in the 1950s.
Philip was predeceased by his mother and father; and brothers Morrill, James Howard Jr., Arnold and Reginald; and sisters Beatrice, Priscilla, Marguerite, Meredith and Ruth.
Pat is survived by his children, Vernon P. Annis, and wife Roberta, of Newport, Vt., Gerald W. Annis and wife Candace, Roger D. Annis and wife Pamela, Brian C. Annis and wife Lana, and Pamela Annis Pomerleau, all of Harmony; his baby sister, Mary Annis Bowman, of Skowhegan; grandchildren Darren, Shane, Jeannine, Bobbie, Tanya, Eric, Nicci, Josh, Corey and Josh M.; and numerous great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren.
A special thanks to all the girls who worked at DCI in Skowhegan.
A graveside service with military honors will be 1 p.m. Saturday, June 14, 2014, at North Road Cemetery in Harmony.
Friends wishing may make donations in his memory to the American Kidney Fund, 11921 Pike, Suite 300 Rockville, MD 20852.
Arrangements under the care and direction of Dan & Scott's Cremation and Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Road, Skowhegan.
Dan & Scott's Cremation & Funeral Service
445 Waterville Road Skowhegan, ME 04976
Published in Central Maine on June 5, 2014