“The kids him loved as a coach on and off field,” said Shawnda Watterson, the mother of Strother’s oldest daughter, Sophia, 9. “He had many players that he would meet up with on the weekends or throughout the week and help them one on one. He had a lot of close relationships with a lot of football players personally and then as a coach. If the kid had things going on at home with family, he just tried to be there for him.”
Strother, 40, a father of five, died Jan. 6 at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, Va., weeks after suffering a brainstem stroke. His family will hold a memorial service for him at Northridge United Methodist at 4610 Derr Road in Springfield from 3-6 p.m. Saturday.