- 56 years old
- Date of birth: Feb 16, 1956
- Place of birth:
Chicago, Illinois, United States
- Date of passing: Dec 15, 2012
- Place of passing:
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Services have been scheduled as follows: Friday, December 28 - 11:AM First African Methodist Episcopal Church of Los Angeles 2270 South Harvard Boulevard Los Angeles, California 90018 Repass|
"Today is February 16, 2017. My beloved brothers born date. The light in my heart will always shine brightly for you. I am so proud to be your big sister. The love and laughter we shared will never be forgotten.
I lost a piece of myself on that cold winter day in December 2012. You were my bodyguard on earth now watching over me from heaven. The warm memories help me to heal my broken heart. May the love you shared last forever!!!!"
"Hey Asante this is your sister "Cerina" Gayle Tolbert:
Today December 15, 2016 is the 4th anniversary of Asante's transition.
Out of Love, honor and respect I must stop this morning and pause in memory. My brother and I lived next door to each other for many years in Los Angeles. I moved this year but I know Brother is watching and protecting me from on High. I will always hold a special place in my heart for you brother Arnol "Asante" Tolbert."
"I miss him sooo much. Hope all my family is doing well and healthy.
"Googled Arnol and found this page. So sad to hear. I went to SIU-C with Arnol. Had a crush on him :) Bless you, sir.
Susan Crusoe (Thompson Pointe)"
"Life has many challenges and opportunities. I know that you took a big part in preparing me for those that confront me on my journey. Thank you for your lessons and guidance. I love you and miss you, uncle. I know you're still smiling down on me and my boys."
"Just passing through, thinking about my Big cousin, by this time we would have been hearing about a "Birthday Party" for Arnol, Soon and he would want Everybody to be there! Arnol Love to be around family and friends, he was Definately a People Person! Loving, Kind, would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it! He was Family, great friend, easily to talk to. He always had a open door to talk about anything! He always told me to stay positive! You're a Great Mom, your kids will appreciate you! Do your best in whatever you do! Accomplishment is Everything! I will miss you Arnol, I was just passing thru, thinking about you and will see you on the other side, love baby cousin Tiya"
"Thinking of you very often over the past days. You are in my heart and part of my soul. You are the start of the building blocks of my dance journey. Thankful that you were such a good friend. No one can forget a friend like you!"
"Passing by to say i miss you and think of you often"
"Took my friend Asante with me to Phoenix Arizona on his Birthday. Danced the weekend away with his spirit connected to my soul. Peace and love to Asante forever on his special day."
"Arnold , It was a pleasure to have you to travel with me to Africa.
Thank you for your friendship, it was a pleasure to have known you as a friend . I will see you on the other side"
"Arnol's Birthday is Feb. 16th, he would be 57yrs. old. I would buy a cake and card for the guest of honor, and he would smile an say; " thank you sister". He would take lot's of pics. Arnol was not camera shy. He has taken so many wonderful photos. Thanks for the memories my Dear Bro Arnol " Asante". May You Rest In Peace! "Cerina""
"As Arnol's oldest sister I want to say; Thanks again to everyone for all the warm expressions of love. I want to give a special thanks to Enoch Carson for remembering my brother Arnol after all these years. Love is everlasting! I am sure Arnol is in heaven smiling and shining down on us all. Everytime I see the sunshine I will see Brother Arnol. "Cerina""
"What can I say about Arnol.I met him over 30 years ago when I dating his sister and he made me feel nothing but welcomed. Arnol,the fact that I'm writing this today after all these years means that you and your family made a lasting, positive impression on me. And I know this. You are in a better place. And somehwere there are Angels feeling so much better because you are there."
"With a heavy heart, I say, my thoughts go out to the Tolbert family. Within the short time that I've known Asante, he has encouraged me to be the best "me". I've never met anyone like him. Thinking of you Asante...always."
"Dior is now back in school. He took your pic Asante. He is so proud of you! He will always love, honor and respect his grandpa."
"With Sincere Thanks, To all of our family and friends I will always cherish the support and love shown during this special time in our family.Your kindmess is deeply appreciated and will always be remembered. "To God be the Glory"
The family of: Arnol " Asante" Tolbert "Cerina""
"I will miss your warm and kind spirit. I will not forget the psychological steppin tip you gave me. See you in heaven."
"Arnol, you wil be missed by many. You had had an energy and presence you dont find in all people, and for those of us who knew you, I am sure they felt it too. You will always be in my heart. To your family my condolences, I know how important family was to you. RIP my love."
"I was blessed to have the pleasure to meet Asante on the 2012 festival at sea cruise. Wonderful man & a beautiful spirit. I will miss you my friend. Rest in Peace"
"I met Arnol, in 2005, always a very pleasant person...with a smile. :o) God Bless you and your family Truly. Sandie"
I WILL miss you forever...
Peace to you, Cerina and your precious family"
"My prayers go out to the Tolbert family. Met Asante a short 1 1/2 years ago in the ballroom community. Asante, I will forever miss your positive energy. Every time we talked, regardless of the situation, you always had a positive outlook on life. Resting in the Lords arms now."
"Gone way 2 soon! I'm devastated 2 hear of your passing! Been friends for many years. Lost touch, & recently reconnected on FB. I'll never forget your smooth, cool, classy, always positive demeanor! I'll always remember your deep baritone Barry White voice & beautiful smile! I recently learned steppin' and hoped we'd dance 2gether one day! Such a lesson not 2 procrastinate! RIP dear friend!"
"Arnold thanks for the memories from LA to Africa through the Front Page family. I will always remember the trips...God Bless"
"There are few words to say. What a amazing man and friend. You will be missed. I always enjoyed seining that wonderful smile. R I P MY FRIEND. Thank you for the friendship."
"R.I.P uncle arnol...you will forever be missed. when you left us, my heart was so saddened...but now i realize your in a better place. tears, yo nephew !"
"Asante, you had such a beautiful spirit. It was truly a pleasure to have met you my friend. May you rest in peace. My condolence to the Tolbert family, God bless."
"Rest in Peace, Soul Brother."
"Although we never met your posts requesting information on the Festival at Sea cruise in Aug of this year showed a person who really enjoyed life to the fullest...Blessings upon those family members who are left behind"
"To my Brothers "In The Bond" KAPPA ALPHA PHI with short notice but with Much Deference to a Great Brother we will hold an Omgea Service for Bro. Arnol Tolbert Thur. 12/27/12 at Bryant Temple AME
2525 W Vernon Ave. L.A. Calif 7 PM. Please attend if you can
"God bless you and now keep you my Brother. I have known Arnol for over 20 years. Worked with him at Channel 9 until I moved to Modern Videofilm where he soon followed. He loved his good times and always made sure you were part of that. Proud to be a Chicago Brother!, he would remind me. My Friend, I will miss you but always find joy in the memories. For you...We will continue here richer."
"Gone to soon....rest in peace Asante, dance with the angels."
"May the Good Lord wrap his arms around the Tolbert family, during this time of transistion in life and spirit of brother Asante. He was an amazing man, that I had the honor of knowing for only five years. His inviting and warm smile will greatly be missed. God bless you Arnol."
"Hey Frat! My heart and prayers are with your family and many friends. "Arnold" in a very short time you became a dear friend and brother both in and out of the Frat. You really knew how to enjoy life and was willing to try anything worth trying. We shared many of the same views about life and of course Steppin & Women. Much Love to you brother, May God continue to keep you and your family."
"Dear Arnol, I'm sadden to learn about your passing. You've been such great help when it came to work. The company has suffered a great loss. Also personally when you gave me advice on how to deal with my son and his attitude towards school. He still hates it but he has progressed to get better grades. My condolences go out to Arnol's family."
"Arnold, you will forever be in my thoughts. You were such a nice man. I know that you are in heaven with our father smiling down."
"Praying for the family. He is with the Father now!"
"May the spirit and fond memories of Arnol live forever in the hearts and minds of everyone he has touched and may the enriched life Arnol enjoyed be a legacy for us all.
SIU Alum '71"
"My Prayers Go Out To The Tolbert Family."
"Cerina And the Tolbert family,
My heart goes out to you all. I know this is a hard loss. When I met Arnol, we stepped in the name of love at the Savoy. Anytime you lose sosomeone so is a difficult time, but especially at this time of year.
I will keep you guys in my prayers."
"To Arnold's family. You have my complete sympathy. It was a shock to hear about Arnold's passing. He is with your mom and dad and in God's loving hands. As your Orange Drive neighbor for many years, I remember the good times we all had. I remember when Arnold moved to Orange Drive and how the other family members followed. I will always remember him and the remaining family. I"
"I extend my condolences and Prayers to the entire Tolbert family,
during this very difficult time.
God Bless you."
"Got dammit... I truly will be missing my FAVORITE cousin of all time. My Man you inspired me growing up as a kid and continue to do so in this life, man I'm gonna miss you. Gonna miss pinging you in IM, calling you out of the blue to say "Hey, wuzzz up negro", miss visiting you and sharing a drink about ole times and our Olivier sides, miss talkin bout how dam dirty the snow got"
"May mercy, peace, and love be yours in full measure.
God Bless You Brother
"My condolences to Asante Tolbert's family. Know that when I met Asante 4 years ago, he spoke wise words of encouragement into my life that I will never forget! When I told him I was from the CHI, he seemed to go into protect mode as a brother would. Rest peacefully Big Brother --I'll miss running into you at our local Ralph's market."
"WOW, Just found out my big brother Arnol is gone. This is so hard we had just started to really bond. He would call me just to say he was thinking about me that meant so much. He always said "LIL SIS I CANT TALK LONG".. He sent me an e-mail on facebook and said he wanted to see me,I was planning to go to california next summer..I LOVE U BIG BROTHER R.I.P. ARNOL"
"Just wanted to share how I was Blessed by Arnol yrs ago when this Chicago Brother came thru for this Chicago Sister in my time of hurt, after the loss of my son, Arnol DJ'd for my 5oth BD, and made that day a great memory. A GOOD SPIRIT RIP"
"To the family of 'Asante', May the lords love bring you all comfort. I'm sorry for your lost. I met him through a mutual friend a few years ago.
God Bless the family"
"To the Tolbert Family, you have my deepest condolences, I remember so well living on Orange Dr, a few houses down from Asante, then Arnold, next door to Linda, we were good friends, I will always remember the fight night parties we had, As I look at all of the words of comfort from so many friends and love, it shows you were very much loved, but God loves you more. Rest in peace my Brother"
"My Condolences to the Tolbert Family. Arnol "Asante" and I met in 2007 on a trip to Ensenada with Four Seasons West (4SW) Ski & Snowboard Club. We found that we have many business colleagues and friends in common. Asante truly loved and enjoyed his family, friends, travel, dance, music and all that life offered. Asante - You will be missed!"
"I just wanted to say condolesence to the entire Tolbert Family, I grew up with this family in Chicago. we all were like family Wayne lived with us for a while before he went to job corp.. When Arnol was a catcher for Marshall High Baseball team... We recently lost Snookie 2003 and Sheila 2008... and now my brother Arnol you were a blessing to many of us growing up and following your path"
"to, the entire Tolbert family I send condolences from Chicago IL. I grew up with the entire family we were intertwined with each other my sisters and brothers Linda ,Carolyn Sheila, Derrick,Albert,(Snookie) where friends to Wayne, Ra;ph,Edgar Allen,Kevin (wolf) Linda and Gayle. I just want to say hang in there and be strong... Arnol you will forever be missed my brother..."
"I will miss you big cousin. You were one of my overseers when we all attended college together. We had lots of fun with you and my brother B.J. hanging out. together. God put you here for a reason and that was to help others and put Joy and Happiness in people lives. "You will always have a place in my heart" " LOVE YOU and MISS YOU""
"Thank You for the count less times you allowed me into your home, you were always gracious and kind. Your hand in having helped raise Jamaal to become a leader and productive citizen in his community was always evident by the way he spoke so highly of you. May you rest in peace."
"God Bless all of you for the words of comfort at this blessed time. from "Cerina" and family"
"it was a pleasure to have met and grown a great liking to you uncle arnol. when I last seen you at the Jazz Fest you are so happy as always laughing and taking your pictures with your camera as usual lol. i will miss you and you will truly truly be missed by so many te"
"My sincerest condolences are extended to the family. He was indeed taken too soon. May God bless you with strength and courage..."
"I thank God for the fellowship with Aronl . Aronl always greeted me with a BIG warm hug. Boy will I miss this. Cernia you and I looking at him smiling.So many accomplishments
So very many successes
A wealth of hopes and dreams fulfilled
Days and days and days well-lived and now a legacy to celebrate"
"My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Arnol Tolbert. I was surprised to here about his passing as I just seen him a few months ago. May God strengthen you during this difficult time. We are praying with and for you."
"Although i only met you once, you welcomed me with loving words and made me feel very special. I'm praying for the Tolbert family in this time. Arnol will be missed."
"“Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow over the loss of your loved one and our Brother Arnol "Cool Shoes" Tolbert. You have our full support and please remember that you are not alone. Do not hesitate to call us if you need anything. We are always there for you.”Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. Gamma Upsilon Chapter Southern Illinois University."
"Cerina, you and your family are in my prayers. I remember the day you introduced Asante to me, he was such a warm and gracious man, and always greeted you with a warm hug. Asante, you will be missed, but Cerina, take solace in knowing that he is in a better place."
"To the Immediate Family and Dearest Relatives of Arnol "Asante" Tolbert,
How saddened we were to learn the tragic news of the sudden and untimely Homegoing of your beloved Arnol. All who had the joy of knowing him were blessed.Our prayers and deepest sympathy are with your family during this tragic time.Condolences.Lovingly Larry Reed & Sharon Poland"
"Asante, you will be missed. May you rest in peace now. Thank you for sharing alittle bit of yourself with us (Urban Ballroomers). To the Tolbert family its hard now but this too will pass. Remember the good times that you shared. It will be those good times that will place a smile upon your face and laughter in your hearts."
"Such a handsome, kind, thinking, articulate man was Asante. 5 or 6 years ago he dj'd a stepping party at my home. The conversation revealed a wonderful human. Yes, those were my steps he sat on at those stepping parties, comtemplating learning the dance. When he was ready, he did just that. His standard greeting was a hug or hand grasp and a smile - and he meant it. So special was Asante."
"The Love of Our Brother will be miss, but the love in one's Heart will always keep him Near.........."
"Arnol, you have always had such an impact in my life with your kind words, encourgement, prayer etc. my heart as well as peanuts is heavy..you will so be missed my sweet dear friend..im praying for your family, esp your grandson....you will so be missed my friend"
"Sister Cerina & Family,
May God, family, and friends continue to strengthen you and your family during these challenging moments.
Our Deepest Sympathy,
Jabulani N'Namdi/Ellary Bhimji"
"I will never ever forget you. I will remember when I met you how you showed me your Electric Car and meeting your Daughter and Grandson and the care and concern you had in your heart for them, showing me love and treating me like a real lady. I can't believe you are gone, I just spoke with you in November and I will keep fond memories in my heart of meeting such a guy.'Condolences""
"Asante...I was touched by an angel when I met you! I remember your compassion, friendship, counsel, support, encouragement--a very respectable and intelligent gentleman, not to mention one of my favorite fun dance partners! I'm thankful to have known you and even more grateful that I was able to tell you these good things about yourself. I'll be missing you a lot! R.I.P. my friend!"
"To Arnold(cool shoes)may God forgive you your sins and grant you a place in pardise.Amen God be with the Tolbert family and see them through."
"Such an amazing man, we worked together for a little over three years, he trained my Father in engineering, he helped me put iTunes, MS Word, etc onto my laptop…it later crashed. He offered me a room at his house earlier this year when I was looking for my apt. I visited Arnol in the hospital once when he was experiencing heart problems,my condolences go out to his entire family. WE LUV YA"
"I worked with Arnol for years at KCAL. We were friends,We were both from Chicago. I remember him talking about what he was going to do with his house. He would stop by my new house back in the day, to help me set up all the Audio. He was there to help me...
I left KCAL and we didnt speak that often, but I missed him. He was a good man... My condolense to his family."
"From the class at FSS Cerina our prayers are with you and yours at this time and always. Sorry for your loss. Arnold will be missed by many."
"My prayers go out to the family. I've only known him from afar. Nevertheless I will shine a lite for him."
"Can't believe this. My prayers are with the family.
Your old neighbor
"I met this brother as part of the LA Steppin Family. and the Festival at Sea , Cruising with a beautiful group of Black Folk of which Asante was indeed one of the beautiful folk that always showed up for the showdown !!! He loved the social scene and lived it until God called him home !!! Yes Asante my Brotha you are indeed gone too soon! Till we meet again!!!!"
"You was nice man and also my stepping family , I will miss you. But one day we will all see you again GOD, is taking care of you now my Memory of you will never be forgotten ♥♥♥"
"I only can smile as I stare at my keypad I can't began, keypad blurred by the water in my eye. UNK I'm ok man I'm good. (SMILE) "TORI" I see you standing in your hallway with your blue working jump suit as your daughter did today, I can only see you and cry. I see your picture here Cosin Marcus put up you said they called you cool shoes(smile) sorry I mean KOOL SHOES in my 70s voice SMILES"
"You have been my love & my Prince since APRIL of "2002" You have opened many doors for me with your profound thinking. Your honesty has been the warmer extension of this couple thats gone over the top to maintain it's friendship which has genuinely survived a decade. It was also all about your smile which lit up my world. I never thought that I would loose you. You will be missed~"
"Asante, you were full of life always had comforting words and a big hug. I met you sitting on the stair case watching the steppin activities, and challenge you to learn to step, you took that offer, and i let you throw me around while you learned. You were gracious then and continued to be. You said "if there is anything you could do for me just ask" and i believed you. Thx U 4 everything"
"May God Bless the family. My hart goes out to all of you. The short time I got to know Asante he was as cool of a brother you would want to meet. He always spoke, which is rare these days! He will be missed personally as well as in the dance community!!!"
"My heart is so heavy as I process the fact that I can no longer pick up the phone and say "Hello cousin, I was just thinking about you and decided to touch base". It was always good to hear your voice. It's hard to fully understand why people are taken from us, but we find comfort in knowing that we were a special part of a WELL-LIVED life. To KNOW HIM was to LOVE HIM. FAREWELL, COUSIN."
"My heart and prayers are with the family. I will always remember his kindness and smiling face. God bless the family during this time,"
"A loved one is a treasure of the heart, and to lose a loved one is like losing a piece of yourself. But the love that this person brought you did not leave, for the essence of the soul lingers. It cannot escape your heart, for it has been there forever. Cling to the memories and let them find there way to heal you. The love, laughter, joy you shared, will make you stronger. RIP MY BROTHER"
"My wonderful friend will be truly missed. I have known Asante for a year and one month and the word "LOVE" does not hold enough meaning to describe what we shared with each other. It goes so deep that his soul and spirit will be with me forever. To the family, thank you for the kindness you have shown me through this time of bereavement. Bless you!"
"I remember a man that could be described in one word, cool. So cool in fact that he would let such a shiftless youth come over to his place to hang. Little did I know it had a purpose. Purpose was to show how to have your act togehter and be a man. Thank you Arnol."
"My thoughts and love go out to the Tolbert family. I am thankful to Arnol for welcoming my sister into his family, being a wonderful uncle to my brother Marcus and my nephews who will undoubtedly become great men just as you showed their father. On my behalf I would like to thank you for being so kind and loving to a shy little girl on her first ever christmas with the Tolbert's. XO Becky"
"Knowing Arnol for 22 years is what I am most grateful for.Thank you for welcoming me into the Tolbert Family, giving me kind and inspiring words and for always being so good to me and my family. You were a very important person in our lives and we will miss you greatly. You will always be with us. R.I.P. Arnol"
"Tolbert Family sorry the lost of Asante he was a wonderful man I will miss him as well, but he's home with God showing off his dance steps and giving hugs. I will pray for your family that God cover you during this..."
"Marcus---We are very sorry for you and you family's loss. Words at times fail us but please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult of times. It sounds as if Asante was a big part of your life and will be missed. I can now see where you and your boys get your style from!!! Take care and if you EVER need anything, please call me,,,,Ray and Rosie"
"Uncle Arnol, thank you for giving me the roadmap to a life full of joy, love, and prosperity. I will always be in your debt. My mission is to ensure that your life is honored by my existence. I will always love you!"
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