We are celebrating the life of Antowne “Tony” Marice Thigpen and saying goodbye to wonderful man. For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of meeting, I am Crystal Ann Thigpen, Tony’s younger sister. Tony was born August 8, 1971 in Harvey, IL. He left this world July 10, 2019. Tony was the oldest of three children from Catherine Thigpen and Anthony Harvey Smith. My brother was great man who was loved dearly by his wife, Teena Thigpen; his two children Antwonette and Little Tony; two grandchildren; brother Jerome; sister Crystal; God sisters and brothers; nephews, nieces, uncles, aunties, cousins, friends and co-workers. First, I would like to thank everyone who attended the memorial service. With special thanks to his wife’s (Teena) loving family for coming and showing their support. Tony was especially close to our brother Jerome as they were essentially like twins. They spent many happy hours together throughout their lives doing what they love. Tony and Jerome shared a bond like no other. Tony met his wife, Teena at his job Placon through his nephew Zachary. Tony was Zachary’s role model and he always wanted the best for his uncle. Teena and Tony later married and were together for 5 years. Tony loved him some Teena! Tony’s death has left a huge void in all of our lives and we will miss him very much. He always had jokes and sound advice. He was good at fixing anything that was broken. “Mr. Fix it” was what he called himself. Tony was athletic and outgoing. He loved playing basketball, dancing, cracking jokes, working a good job and having a cold beer! His favorite thing to do was drink a cold beer and listen to his 90’s R&B jams. My brother was strong and kind man until his dying day. His resilience never ceased to amaze me. He taught me everything I know about surviving. He loved his children very much and never forgot about them no matter what. He loved his children very much and never forgot about them no matter what. He always made sure they had what they needed with love. Tony worked all his life and enjoyed working with people of all walks of life. He didn’t feel right if he wasn’t working at some kind of job. Anyone who knew Tony, knew he always had a joke about someone. He was always laughing and cracking jokes! Tony taught me that no matter what, never stop being you. Live your life how you most enjoy it. Until we are united again, I love you Tony.
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