SUNRISE - MARCH 16, 1953 - SUNSET - JUNE 6, 2009

Brotha Ash Productions would like to express their deepest sympathy to the family of Antone Strothers. He was a great man who was a major part of our Brotha Ash Productions and a great friend of mine for too many years to count. He is one of the reasons BAP is where it's at today and I am very grateful. Even through the rough times, Antone made sure BAP stayed on top. He was an instructor at Community College of Allegheny and he was a computer genius. If you knew him, you knew that Antone would make you laugh and he joked around alot.

He was a very private person, but he was also very helpful when you needed it and he was ALWAYS THERE FOR BROTHA ASH PRODUCTIONS.

He will be greatly missed and I know that he is in a better place.

Antone Lamont Strothers, Sr., also known as Tony, was born to Rachel Jenkins and Edward Fincher on March 16, 1953 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Charles Jenkins was his step-father. Tony had a great childhood and was loved by his siblings. He attended elementary and middle school in Hazelwood. He graduated from Gladstone High School in 1971. He attended Wittenberg University from 1971-1975 where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business and also played football.

Antone began his professional career at the May Company in Cleveland, Ohio. While he was highly adept and well educated in the field of business, Antone developed a passion for Information Technology. Because of his interest in Information Technology he worked to earn several computer certifications. He worked for such companies as NCR and BlackBox, which allowed him to travel to countries such as France, Belgium, London, and Korea. He also did consulting work, built and fixed computers, and taught as a professor at Community College of Allegheny County for the last nine years. His transition to teaching was very fulfulling and something he enjoyed. He became a mentor, as well as, an inspirational figure to many of his students.

Over the years Antone became an advocate for the 12 Step Program. He was very dedicated and extremely involved with this organization. He was committed to helping others overcome their obstacles. Antone truly had a vision for everyone he helped and had a huge impact on people's lives.

Antone lived life to the fullest and lived to appreciate each day. He was an avid music lover and had an extensive collection of albums that he loved. He also played the drums and the guitar. Antone was also a huge sports fan. He loved the Black and Gold-Go Steelers, and was excited when they won the super bowl this year. Antone loved to wear hats and anyone who knew him could always spot him with one on. His most famous hat was his "Hat 66". Do you know what the 66 stood for? For those that don't, the 66 represented the 66 books in the bible.

Antone was truly a man of God and was focused on living a righteous life. He earned the nickname "Spiritual Tone" because he was very faithful in sending up lifting words of encouragement to brighten each of our days. He was raised in Morning Star Baptist Church in Hazelwood where he was a member.

Antone leaves behind the following family members that will cherish his memory and miss him tremendously: His beautiful mother, Rachel Jenkins, his children who were his pride and joy, Leslie, Patrice, Antone Jr., Starla, Doretha, Michael Fuller, Ebony (Ronald), Crystal (Thomas), Alvin (Samiel), his grandchildren who he adored and who affectionately called him "Bear", Antone III, Teonna, Montez, Ronnie, Charlae, Cheri, Ronald, Vinyale, Kellee, Taniya, Tre, Crystal, Marvin, Gavin, his siblings, Tanya Johnson, Cenythia Strothers and Dorothy Nesbit of Pittsburgh, Cheldric Williams of Kansas City, and posthumously Cornell Strothers, and Deborah Strothers, his loving and devoted wife. Antone also leaves behind a host of others family and friends from which he offered and received and abundance of love.

"And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me. And God granted him that which he requested."