- James Watkins
On May 13, 2021 the world lost some of its magic. Antwone Rivers passed away suddenly after a month-long battle with COVID-19. Many of you may not know, as Antwone was humble and didn't often share, that he lived in foster care from the age of 5. Antwone, true to his name and like a river, never let the chaos of life deter him. He remained persistent, dedicating himself to his schooling, at Fredrick Douglas, an all-boys academy. Because of his exceptional performance in school, and after abuse and neglect were uncovered in his foster home, Antwone was transitioned into independent living at the young age of 16.
Antwone, as always, remained persistent, despite adversity. He graduated from high school, and started working as a rail loader, a job he took to make a little extra money, with no plans of a long term career, like most 20-somethings entering the workforce. But here, in vehicle processing and logistics, Antwone found his passion. He continued to work in the industry, persisting, excelling, advancing, and holding many leadership roles. A tirelessly dedicated leader, he gave many on his team a first chance, a second chance, and always a fair chance.
In 2007, with the birth of his first child Heaven (13), Antwone true to his character, stayed the course. Antwone went on to became the proud father of Gavin (9), LaNiya (6), KarSyn (3), and Antwone Jr. (1). He made a commitment to his wife Hollie that their children would not have the same experiences he had growing up. He was there for the birth of all of his children. He potty trained them all. He saw their first steps. Never missed a birthday. Because of this, his kids call him their superhero. He was always by Hollie's side, and still is. He is her best friend, her soulmate. Her person.
Between working, being a superhero dad and loving husband, Antwone gave back to his community by mentoring youth with Feed the Streets.
Although money can never replace Antwone, we hope to relieve any financial burden the sudden loss of Antwone may create for Hollie and their five children.
Whether you can afford to make a monetary donation or not, the family requests that you post at https://www.kudoboard.com/boards/6EVgLAFd to keep Antwone's memory alive.
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