January 9, 1956 ~ October 2, 2021

Born in: Indianapolis, Indiana
Resided in: Indianapolis, Indiana

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Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Anthony “Tony” Cheesebourough, ascended to his heavenly home on October 2, 2021, at the age of 65, at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana with loved ones by his side. He brought light to every place and every person he knew.

Anthony “Tony” Cheesebourough, was born January 9th, 1956 to Mr. and Mrs. George F. Cheesebourough, Sr. Tony enlisted in the Navy at a very young age. He bravely served our country before being honorably discharged due to an injury. Tony attended Phillips Temple CME Church, where he rededicated his life and his gifts to God, and served faithfully every Sunday as a Guitarist.

He was a lover of learning and never failed to apply his knowledge to help and inspire each person met.

Tony LOVED music, and is a world reknowned musician. He discovered his passion and began playing instruments at the age of 12. He would play any instrument that was granted to him while walking home after school. This led to him being a mastermind at music, playing over 10 instruments. The rest is HISTORY; sharing his gift from family gatherings, to your local night event, and across seas as far as Japan.

Tony was a member of the The Tony Cheesebourough Band, Sugarfoot Ohio Players, Cold Fusion and several other bands near and dear to his heart over his life and career. Tony has opened for many famed acts including Kem, Ringo Starr, Najee, and many others. He never met a guitar he didn’t want to strum, a lyric he didn’t want to hum, or a tune he didn’t want to improve. He will be forever a staple in the Indiana Musical scene.

At the time of his death Tony was planning a life with Ms. Michelle Anderson. They anticipated spending many more years together; splitting time between Indiana and Colorado.

Tony is survived by his children and stepchildren Taniesha M. Groves, Angela R. Majors, Casey Q. Eaglin (Kenesha Eaglin), Araka E. Bell neé Cheesebourough (Dorian M. Bell I), Tona N. Cheesebourough, Anthony J. Cheesebourough, Courtney K. Cheesebourough, Amber Smith, Meagan Orr née Cheesebourough (Michael Orr), Codi K. Cheesebourough, Victoria Walker née Anderson (Kellen Walker), David Anderson, Dominique Walker, Jon Cowherd Jr., Desjanika Gary; parents George and Robbie Cheesebourough, sisters Nikki Cheesebourough and Linda Cheesebourough, 33 grandkids and 2 great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his son Anthony “Lil Tony” Cheesebourough and his loving brother, Freddie Cheesebourough.

While we know that our lives will never be the same without him, we will continue to honor his legacy by living our lives to the fullest and appreciating each moment we have; just as he did.

Tony will be fondly remembered by family and friends as a navy veteran, a proud father, grandfather, and great grandfather, champion of all things musical, and a new and improved version of himself each time you saw him. He was a disciple, a son, a father, a brother, a friend, a servant, a musician, and most of all-a gift.

We proudly salute Mr. Anthony Cheesebourough


Visitation: October 23, 2021 9:00 am - June 6, 2023 1:00 pm

Lavenia & Summers Home For Funerals
5811 East 38th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46218

Funeral Service: October 23, 2021 1:00 pm

Lavenia & Summers Home For Funerals
5811 East 38th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46218

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  1. Cody and Family, please know that that thoughts, prayers and love are extended to you and your entire family at this very difficult time. Your Father, Mr. Anthony “Tony” “Cheese” Cheeseborough, will certainly be missed here in the earthly realm. However, we know that he has gained his Heavenly wings and is now providing melodies tunes to all those seated around God’s thrown, including his friends, Pastor B.L. Walker and Brother David Kimbrough. Please know that we are all praying for each of you and please know that we are only a prayer and a phone call away.

    Phillips Temple C.M.E. Church Board of Christian Education
    Children, Youth and Young Adult Ministries
    Marion F. Godwin

  2. You were a great humanbeing Tony! I enjoyed our talks, especially about music. I’ll miss you very much my brotha! GOD Bless your soul!

  3. To the family. May God give you peace and comfort at this time.It was such a pleasure to see him play for the Lord.

  4. Tony I always enjoyed our interactions, especially when it came to playing music or just jamming. I recall fondly the times when played places like C.T. Peppers back in the day and more recently the times at the Slippery Noodle before the pandemic.

    RIH and jam on my friend. Strike up the Heavenly Ensemble. Til we me again. As Jimi penned in song “If I don’t see you in this world, I’ll see you in the next. Don’t be late”.

  5. Tony you will be missed I have so many Memories that bring a smile to my face. Watching you play at the slippery noodle and when we came to your house and your were directing us we’re to park doing fair time. I will never forget your kindness an friendly smile. God has called home another Angel. I will continue to Pray for the entire Cheesebourough Family. ❤️

  6. I will Love you Forever Tony, You had such a heart for Christ and I know you are playing your incredible beautiful music 🎶 n Heaven! We will meet again, ! Until then you will be missed and Always Loved

    Until then you will be missed and loved!💔❤️🎶🎼. Prayers and love to your family!Never Forgotten, Always Loved!

  7. Cody and Family, please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers, as you travel down this unforseen journey. Your father and loved one will truly be missed by so many, especially his church family Phillips Temple CME Church. May your heart be filled with love and joy in knowing that you are not alone. May God continue to give you peace. If there is anything that we or the members of Commision on Evanglism can do for you please let us know

  8. You will be missed more than you could ever imagine!🎶😢😢 loved by So many! Amazing musician, man of God! The world will be smaller without you! Love and miss youAlways!!!

  9. To Mr. and Mrs. Cheeseborough, Linda, Nikki and Family. Tony will be missed by everyone he grew up with. That is a large crew, and too many to name. We all loved Tony like a brother, and remember the love, meals, laughter,, safety and comfort Mom and Dad Cheeseborough gave us all. We are better individuals because of your open hearts, open home, life leasons and LOVE. Our hearts, prayers, souls and minds are with you , ALWAYS…💔💛💚💙💜.
    THE WEST FAMILY and The Entire neighborhood.

  10. To his family I send my heartfelt condolences. Tony was my childhood neighbor and friend. I have memories of him playing solo at my home with a guitar in his hands. He was an awesome musician and man of God. He earned his wings with his kind and gentle nature. He was so caring, always wanting to help in anyway he could. He played at Pathway to Recovery’s Masquerade fundraising event, and brought down the house. Pure passionate talent. My heart breaks for all who knew and loved him. He will remain forever in our hearts, I know he is playing now for a heavenly audience 🎸🎤😢❤️ Rest In Peace my friend.

  11. Tony my love, my favorite cousin, I miss you, (my heart is broken) and wish you were still here, say hello to everyone for me.

  12. Tony was a light in this world and his spirit and kindness touched many. I will forever cherish his memories. My sincere condolences to the family, may God bless and keep you all.

  13. Tony became my big brother when we became neighbors in the 60s…Mr. George, Ms. Robbie, Linda, and Nikki, I pray that God brings you comfort, strength and understanding as you move forward without the amazing light Tony brought to everyone he encountered. I love you all.💔💔💙

  14. I’m so happy we were able to laugh and share memories of you, Freddie, and my Dad. I’ll always treasure the memories.
    Rest In Peace

  15. Very nice man I glad that I had the opportunity share good times with you, may your soul Rest In Heaven

  16. He was my big brother (gigi) and jacks little brother, a friend to the both of us. Tony will always be remembered. Our condolences to the entire Cheesebourough Family. You are in our prayers

  17. Tony and I went to Arsenal Technical High School. I have been a musician friend of Tony. I love his spirit.

  18. Please accept my condolences for the Loss of your loved one Tony. He was a very cool person. I would always learn something from him every time I seen him. From the business of music to what each type of guitar 🎸 could produce. It was a great pleasure knowing him. I pray that Jehovah will give you all the strength and Comfort that you need during this time and the days ahead. Please remember the promise in the Bible book of John 5:28,29. That is the hope I have. To see him again and enjoy his talent.😌😌🌹🌹🌹

  19. You will be missed down here,but God needed you up there. Rest In Peace Tony “Cheese” Love you my friend. ❤️❤️❤️

  20. You’ve left us all some great memories, Cheese. Sure gonna miss you down here. See you on the other side.

  21. I Look at you like an uncle Gone but never forgotten I knew you since I was a little girl since me and Codi was just little girls I miss you had great memories with you

  22. I love you uncle T, you will be missed here but live on in our love and our hearts. Give uncle Freddie a hug and kiss from me. God has you both. Much love.

  23. You will truly be missed by all Mr. Anthony Tony Cheesebourough and I am sending my condolences to all of your family friends and loved ones.

  24. I haven’t seen Tony for years, but remember his talent and smile. It drew me to the lovely memorial service. My thoughts are with all his many friends and his family. He touched so many lives in so many positive ways.

  25. Tony, you will forever be in my spirit. You and your family have been a part of my life for over 45 years. So, I love you my brother. Rest in God’s loving arms family.❤🎼🎸

  26. Words will never express the deep sorrow I’m feeling for the passing of my dear friend I’ve known every since kindergarten. Little did we know at that time that we were destined to be musicians, & would eventually end up performing together on uncountable stages. My most treasured memories are of the tour of Japan & Korea because “Cheeze” was nuts lol !!!!!!! He was HIGHLY intelligent but had a sense of humor that would leave our stomachs hurting from non-stop laughter when he got on a roll. He literally saved my life twice, & I’m only here because of his heart, which was big as a mountain! He was one of the most talented musicians I’ve ever met. He mastered 10 instruments & could command them at will at any given point on any song. Yes I truly loved my brother & will miss him for the rest of my life. Thank you for lending him to me, & thank you for raising him in the right way. Sincerely, Mr. Derek L. (Snapper) Coleman GOD BE WITH YOU ALL

  27. Tony worked with my sister, Cynthia at Bulldog’s, and she had nothing but “high” praises and funny stories about him. He was a nice guy who always kept an infectious smile on his face and loved his family. May Jehovah bless and strengthen the Cheesebourough Family during this difficult time. Rev. 21:1-4; Acts 24:15; and Isaiah 33:24

  28. I will miss that Beautiful SMILE and KIND HEART my cousin had for Everyone and how he was a BEAUTIFUL BLESSING to his Family and Friends I LOVE YOU Tony

  29. May Jehovah help to soothe your sorrow & grant you peace while you look forward to the promise of the resurrection hope.

  30. It was Joy working with Tony
    And I will always remember him.❤ Tony will always be sorely missed. He will always be in Our hearts and memories. Rest in heaven Dear Tony

  31. He learned strength from his father, compassion from his mother, and came out a wonderful to know. He was my little brother.
    My deepest sympathy and condolences to his family.
    I didn’t attend his “going home” because I want to remember him as he was, making music to make others happy. RI Paradise little brother.

  32. There are no words for how I feel. Love you always dad. I am sickened by your departure. But the God I (we) serve!!…. He takes care of me. Just as He does you. This is an unbelievable hurt. There is so much I’m going to miss and now cherish. I’ll miss our conversations most. I’ll miss us watching Sunday/Monday football. And one of us ALWAYS falling asleep during. I’ll miss our RANDOM as heck impromptu meal dates. I’ll miss rading your house for EVERYTHING that I needed. I’ll miss most you. You use to give me a pass on a lot of stuff. I use to think you were going to knock my head off. But you didn’t! I will cherish so much now that I didn’t think to while your physical body was here. Man this hurts tho dad. My ninja!

  33. I will never forget the first time I saw Tony. I was sitting in the backroom at the Noodle, on a Wednesday night Open Stage, my first time ever in the building, I was 22 years old. I turned around and there he was, he had walked in that side door and was wearing a long green duster. It was like I had never seen a MAN before. He was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. When they called his name from the list I couldnt have repeated Cheesebourough to save my life! It was the most original name I had ever heard, then that beautiful man walked up onto the stage, I knew it HAD to be his name. He started singing and playing bass, it was like being struck by lightening!! In that instant I fell madly in love with Tony Cheesebourough, and with The Slippery Noodle. Over the years he was really, everything to me. My dad, my musical and spiritual mentor, my best friend, the love of my life, and my family. Tony was actually a fan of MY singing, which I still dont feel worthy of and Im deeply humbled by. After years of him trying to get me up with his band to sing, and me doing everything but hiding under the table not to (I just loved his show and him so much I was too afraid Id mess it up) I finally did sing with him several times. He even invited me up to sing a couple songs with him the day he played the Noodle when the Super Bowl was at Lucas. Tony always humbled himself and treated me better than I deserved. He was actually MAGIC. All my love and honor to his parents, siblings, and children.

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