Mr. Anthony Way Ballard Oakley, was born the son of Ruby J. Ballard-Dulin and James Oakley Sr. on June 8, 1959 in Indianapolis, IN. He attained his primary education through the Indianapolis Public School system, later endeavoring on his entrepreneurial skills-sets.
Anthony worked many years of his life as an automotive mechanic and construction carpenter. If you knew him well, you came to know that he was more of a “jack of all trades” man, that loved and pursued the challenges of learning new trades.
Anthony was a funny, loving, helpful man that loved to have a good time, loved family gatherings, and dancing with the ones he loved. He was full of life experiences that he loved to share with anyone that he encountered. Anthony was a man of many stories to tell, knowledge to offer, and advise that he dared not to spare. His favorite line before he began unsolicited teaching anyone was; “I’m about to put some meat on your head” - a line that will always be referenced by those that listened to his teachings.
Anthony was preceded in death by his mother, Ruby J. Ballard-Dulin, stepfather; Gentry Dulin, father; James Oakley Sr, and sister; Lisa Ballard.
He leaves to cherish his memory, daughter’s; LaKimey Ballard, Ruby Ballard, Latrice McDonald and Keena Sanders (goddaughter). Son’s; Anthony Ballard and Eric Ballard. Grandson’s; Damone Smith, Silas Keown, Elijah Ballard, and Lee Swain. Granddaughters; Asia Harris, Keirstyn Ballard, and Olivia Ballard. Life partner; Paula Sullivan. Brothers; Harvey Ballard (Paula), Herman Johnson, Raymond Ballard, Damon Ballard (Dawn), Timothy Oakley (Wanda), and James Oakley Jr. (Shirley). Sisters; Darla Lewis (Walter Sr.), Barbara Randolph (Mark), Teresa Ballard, Sherry Tunstall, Linda Reid, and Cheryl Dulin (stepsister’s). A host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends!