Malik Ballard

Malik Q. Ballard

Monday, August 17th, 2020
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Malik Qu’Azon Neal Ballard, age 23, of Vandalia, died Monday, August 17, 2020.

He was born July 30, 1997 in Three Rivers to Willie A. Ballard, Jr. and Raymon “Monna” Neal.

Malik was a respectful and kind young man with a million dollar smile and dimples. He cherished spending time with his family and friends, especially his nephews. He was an amazing caregiver, until the end, for his older brother. Malik loved playing and watching basketball. He was a talented singer and rapper. He was a 2015 graduate of Ross Beatty High School.

Malik was a wonderful and loveable son who will be dearly missed by family and friends. He is survived by his mother, Raymon “Monna” Neal of Vandalia; father, Willie A. Ballard, Jr. of Elkhart, Indiana; grandmothers, Stella McIntosh Peterson of Vandalia, Curley Ballard of Vandalia; one sister, Reneathia Neal of Elkhart; Indiana, two brothers, DeAndre Neal McIntosh of Vandalia, Willie A. Ballard III of Canada; three step-sisters, Angie Evans of Elkhart, Indiana, Kandice McKnight of South Bend, Indiana, Audrye Smith of Edwardsburg; nephews, Memphis, Kevin and Tevin; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, James Ronald Neal, Sr., Willie A. Ballard, Sr.; two aunts, Stephanie Neal, Angela White; and two uncles, Farrell Hall and Fleemon Hall.

Family and friends will gather Friday, August 28, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. in Connelly Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, 202 North Broadway Street, Cassopolis. We will then process to Bogue Street Memorial Garden for a graveside service.

The family prefers contributions in Malik’s memory be made to Elkhart County Suicide Prevention Coalition, 608 Oakland Avenue, Elkhart, Indiana 46516.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Connelly Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, Cassopolis. Please share a memory or a message online:
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Joshua Simmons

Posted at 01:29pm
I was with Malik and his dad not too long ago. Malik and I did many things together over the years and spent a lot of time together. Malik was a good person. I liked being around him because he was raised right and it showed. I trusted Malik. He was so positive and he was always looking to better himself. We talked a lot and he would share ideas with me that he had. I loved his sense of humor; he was so funny and kept a smile on everyone’s face around. He was someone that everyone wanted to be around. I am going to miss him so much. I can’t believe this.... To his family: I loved him like a little brother and my deepest condolences to you. My heart is broken so I can’t imagine what your family is feeling. – Joshua Simmons

Adrian Wallace

Posted at 06:16pm
I remember when Malik and my brothers and I were younger and we use to play outside together and when he rode his first adult size bike when he was real young he was a funny kind selfless soul who was very talented in basketball, Baseball always a good Funny time. Till we meet again at the cross roads

Josephine Smith

Posted at 12:29pm
With heartfelt sympathy to the Ballard family. God bless you all. You have our prayers.

Heather Burns

Posted at 04:54pm
Malik's smile was his signature. It radiated to those around him. Condolences to his loved ones. Heather Burns, former teacher at Cassopolis Public Schools

Josephine Smith

Posted at 09:23am
So sorry for your loss. You have our heartfelt sympathy. God bless Malik's family.

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