Gerald O. Strothers, Jr.July 18, 1957 ~ July 16, 2017 (age 59)
Gerald Orlando Strothers, Jr. was born on July 18, 1957 to the late Gerald Orlando Strothers, Sr. and Beatrice Strothers. Gerald Strothers, Jr. was the eldest of three sons born to this union. Gerald, affectionately known as "Jerry", departed this life peacefully at Family Hospice and Palliative Care in Mt. Lebanon.
Jerry graduated from Penn Hills High School and joined the Navy in 1975 where he was honorably discharged.
Jerry relocated from Pittsburgh, PA to Johnstown, PA until 1982 and then returned to Pittsburgh in 1993. Later, Jerry moved to E. Cleveland where he attended, Cleveland State University graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Education. Jerry worked as Certified Substitute Teacher in the Cleveland School District where he taught 7-9th grade students for several years.
Jerry's employment history consists of: DJ'ing professionally for a living from 1974-2005, where he worked in various venues throughout Pittsburgh, Johnstown and Western Pennsylvania. He was known to many as "Jerry DJ". Jerry received an award from the Record Industry Association of America (R.I.A.A.) for promoting Michael Jackson's album "Off The Wall" to multi-platinum status in 1978. Jerry was employed by the Internal Revenue Service in Cleveland and was on the front cover of the IRS magazine. Jerry later became an investigative reporter, where some of the networks requested his stories.
Jerry was a community activist in E. Cleveland and frequently fought for the less fortunate and those who were unable to fight for themselves.
Jerry was proficient with his computer skills, small engine repair and electronics. Jerry loved listening to music, taking photographs, traveling in the Navy, going Thrift Store shopping and selling and buying on the internet.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents and two sons, Maurice and Desmond Strothers. Jerry's surviving children left to cherish his memory are LaMar Strothers of Charlotte, North Carolina, Mylan Strothers and wife Sheila of York, Pennsylvania; daughter, Mercedes Strothers of E. Cleveland, Ohio. She is currently serving in the United States Marine Corps in Okinawa, Japan. Jerry leaves to mourn his loss a host of cousins, relatives and friends.