Harold Anthony Henderson-Strong
Born February 3, 1977, Harold Anthony was the second of three children born to the Late, Harold Lester Henderson and Jacquelyn Tolbert in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at the age of 45, Harold Anthony Henderson-Strong went home to be with the Lord, one month after being diagnosed with stage-four lymphoma, just four months after the passing of his beloved Father.
Harold Anthony was a man of faith with a servant’s heart. He came to faith in Jesus Christ as a child. He was Baptized at the Grace Community Baptist Church by the Late Reverend Henry A. Nash. As a youth and young adult, he was a member of the Bible Believing Baptist Church under the Pastoral Ministry of the Late Reverend Hilton T. Parker where he faithfully served on the Usher Board, the Youth Mass Choir, the Church Choir, and the Praise Team. Harold Anthony believed in the power of prayer and was never ashamed to pray aloud in public worship. Harold Anthony participated in youth rallies and was capable of expounding on the scriptures. He loved to praise God. As a young child, he could be found alone in his great-grandmother’s yard singing “Sign Me Up for the Christian Jubilee” directing an imaginary choir and praising God. In addition to Bible Believing’s choirs, he sang with Dobbins Mass Choir under the direction of the incomparable Dr. Cassandra Watson Jones, Young Musicians for Christ, founded by Mr. Ronald Jackson and Mr. Bryant Tull. He was a founding member of Maranatha Worship and Deliverance Center of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he served as Amor Bearer to the Founder, The Reverend Derrick Linwood Glover. Later he became a member of Congregation Ko-Ach Bethel of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Apostle Jefferey K. Knight, Pastor. He was a member of Renewed Church of Los Angeles California, The Reverend Curt Thomas, Pastor.
Harold Anthony grew up in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he graduated from Martin Luther King High School in 1995. Harold Anthony considered becoming a law enforcement officer. However, he decided to pursue a modeling career. While his modeling pursuits where short lived, his destiny to be renowned in the fashion industry was set in place when he was offered a Wardrobe Stylist job on the set of the movie Train Ride, directed by Rel Dowdell, staring Wood Harris, MC Lyte and Esther Rolle. After shooting Train Ride, Harold Anthony went on to tour with Philadelphia Native, Hip-Hop Artist, and Actor Eve as her Wardrobe Stylist, which propelled him to become a well sought-after Wardrobe Consultant. As a tremendous networker and having been retained by numerous celebrities, Harold Anthony quickly established himself as a Celebrity Fashion Stylist.
In 2005 Harold Anthony met Jason A. Strong in Philadelphia. They moved from Philadelphia to Los Angeles in 2007. Always wanting to be a dad, in 2014, Harold Anthony and Jason became parents to Marcelino Anthony. Harold Anthony, Jason, and Marcelino appeared in the 2015 “Love has no Labels” ad campaign for social tolerance by the Ad Council. Harold Anthony, Jason, and Marcelino solidified their family bond when Harold Anthony and Jason were married in 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. Shortly, they moved from Los Angeles to Atlanta, Georgia. In 2019 they expanded their family and became the parents of Jae’Den, and Jaylah. Jason and his children were everything to him. He was a committed partner and a loving father. While he dotted on his children, he instilled high values and a strong work ethic in them, and he had high expectations of success for them.
Harold Anthony loved his family and friends and he stay connected to his Philadelphia roots. He was a Philadelphia Eagles fan, an avid reader who enjoyed reading thrillers and the newspaper. His favorite television shows were those that portrayed stylish and luxurious lifestyles. Harold Anthony was a huge fan of the thrift store. He was a “thrifter” and could make old things look brand new. Journalist, Actor, and Philanthropist Oprah Winfrey was his idol. He was not just a fan but was an expert on all things Oprah. Hanging out with longtime friends and his family meant the world to him. He was always the life of the party and a great conversationalist. Harold Anthony was admired and well respected by his family and community. Anthony was blessed with a special gift to help; he went out of his way to support and help others reach their goals and follow their dreams.
Harold Anthony was dedicated to giving back to his Philadelphia community and was cited by the State of Pennsylvania in 2019 for community service. He was a visionary and a planner. He established and coordinated “Barbers Who Care” a back-to-school free haircutting event that took place throughout the City of Philadelphia. He founded the beloved “17 days of Fashion, a fashion consortium, which produced charitable fashion events throughout the City of Philadelphia over the course of 17 days, as well as, an annual social Cocktail Spring Fashion Show, which also awarded him notable citations. He also produced and hosted an annual Social Cocktail Spring Fashion Show.
He was a mentor to others in the fashion industry. He helped launch the careers of stylist and designers, makeup artist, music artist, and supported events in the Philadelphia community.
Harold Anthony was an icon in the City of Philadelphia. He was wardrobe consultant and a television spokesperson for the Philadelphia Daily News’ popular Sexy Singles matchmaking events.
Throughout Harold Anthony’s career as a celebrity stylist, he was blessed to wardrobe, A list: actors, athletes, singers, newscasters, and models, yet he was humble enough to fly back home to style family for weddings, proms, photos shoots and other special occasions, which brought him great joy and pride. His humility along with his keen eye for detail made him a dynamic stylist. His thrifting days shaped his style philosophy – “quality, fit and accessories will take you along way.” Harold Anthony celebrity stylist blended old with new, high end with low end and made everyone he styled look and feel like STARS.
Harold Anthony was a blessed man who touched many lives and built lifelong relationships. He leaves to cherish his memory, his spouse Jason Anthony Strong; his sons Macelino Anthony, Jae’Den Anthony; his daughter Jaylah Renée; his mother Ms. Jacquelyn Tolbert-Cooper; his sister Mrs. Lisa Arlene Wilks (Joshua), his father and mother in love, Mr. James Alton Strong, Jr. and Mrs. Lynda Strong; his sister in love Mrs. Heather Miller (Eric); his nephew Eric, Jr.; his uncles: Mr. Michael J. Henderson, Mr. Stanley E. Henderson, Mr. Milton A. Henderson (Charlene) and Mr. Donnie Tolbert; his aunts: The Reverend L. Ann Henderson and Ms. Marion M. Gladden; a host of cousins, friend-siblings, clients, business associates, and the fashion industry.
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