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Thursday, December 16, 2021
9:00am - 4:00pm (Central time)
Friday, December 17, 2021
Starts at 10:00am (Central time)
Lionel Sylvester Antoine, Sr. was born on August 31, 1950, in Biloxi, MS to the late Bertrand and Gertrude Antoine, Sr. He passed from earthly labor to reward on December 7, 2021, in Biloxi, MS.
He received his education from Nichols High School and Southern Illinois University. He had many employment opportunities and retired from the NFL – playing for the Chicago Bears for eight hard years. He was a long-time devoted member of First Missionary Baptist Church.
From a young age, His natural abilities and size made him a standout athlete. He ran fast and reacted quickly. He excelled at football, basketball, and baseball. His school friends called him “Handy” because his hands were so large. He was 6 feet 7 inches tall and weighed around 258 pounds by the time he joined the NFL. On graduation, he received scholarship offers for all three sports but settled on football at Southern Illinois University, where he was inducted in 1990 into the Saluki Hall of Fame. He had a great sense of humor and love for his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his loving parents, Bertrand and Gertrude Antoine, Sr., his sister Sylvia Brotherton, brothers, Earl Antoine and Robert Brown, and his wife of 53 years, Betty Antoine.
He is survived by his two sisters, Melvina Harrison and Alfretta Antoine and one brother, Bertrand Antoine, Jr. Others to cherishing his precious memories are his three daughters, Denise Antoine, Shilda (Willie) Lett, Nicole (Darnell) Jordan, three sons, Jintrin (Paulette) Antoine, Lionel (Gail) Antoine, Jr., and Blaine (Shelley) Dennison, Sr., his 20 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.
A public viewing will be held on Thursday, December 16, 2021, at Infinity Funeral Home from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Funeral service will be held on Friday, December 17, 2021, at Infinity Funeral Home at 10:00 am.
Infinity Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Lionel Antoine, Sr. For inquiries, please call 228-436-6722.
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