Anthony A. Hernandez

Hernandez, Anthony A. Anthony A. Hernandez, 55, died in Dallas, Saturday, April 16, 2011. Services will be Saturday, April 23 at 10 a.m. at Sparkman Hillcrest with the Rev. James Denison and the Rev. Bill Sparks officiating. Anthony is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife for 31 years, Cathy Steward Hernandez. He is survived by three sons, Jarrod Hernandez, Lance and his wife Benecia Hernandez, Marine Lance Cpl. Casey Hernandez and one granddaughter, Maddie Grace. He is also survived by his mother, Ava Nell Miller; sisters, Ava DiMellio and Alicia Andrews, their families and his in-laws, Billie Jean and Kenneth Steward. Anthony was born October 18, 1955 in Dallas. He was a 1974 graduate of Dallas Kimball High School and studied business and engineering at the University of Texas/Arlington. He recently retired from Meridian Commercial, which he founded in 1991. He was chief executive and visionary of the construction management company with projects throughout Texas. Approaching his work with an abundance of drive and ambition, Anthony built a successful business from the bottom up. Meridian's core employees may have said he was tough to work for, but they knew Anthony had a heart of gold and considered them family. Since the beginning of his brain tumor disease seven years ago, Anthony's fighting spirit has been a source of encouragement to his employees as well as family and friends. Prior to founding Meridian, Anthony worked for the Trammell Crow Company in Dallas and Chicago. Once out of school, Anthony was hired as a property manager at Trammell Crow by Wells Field, whom Anthony always considered a mentor and inspiration. Anthony was a member of the board of directors of Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Business Development Council. He was also a member of Park Cities Baptist Church. In 1998, Anthony was honored as one of SMU's Dallas 100 award recipients and Entrepreneur of the Year from the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber. For many years he was a significant contributor to scholarships given by the GDHCC. Anthony never missed his sons' baseball, football and basketball games, and he started a family tradition of attending Cowboys games on Thanksgiving Day. He was a devoted Grandpa, sneaking his granddaughter treats and ice cream and letting her chase him up and down the stairs. He enjoyed riding his Harley and cruising in the car with the top down. In addition to following the Longhorns, Cowboys, and Florida State on TV, he enjoyed watching Discovery Channel nature programs. Anthony was dedicated to helping dog rescue programs and enjoyed his own dogs, Foster and Christian. Most recently, Anthony was fulfilling a life-long dream to learn to play the acoustic guitar. Anthony was passionate about helping the less fortunate and would constantly send generous donations to a variety of charities. The family would like to recognize and thank neuro-oncologist Dr. Virginia Stark-Vance for her efforts throughout the last seven years. Donations in Anthony's honor may be made to Legacy Brain Foundation, 1325 Pennsylvania Ave, Ste. 690, Fort Worth, TX 76104, legacybrainfoundation.org or Straydog, P.O. Box 1465, Gun Barrel City, TX 75147, Straydog.org.