OBITUARY

Braxton Kirk Ford

December 3, 1998February 5, 2020
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Braxton. Say it: “Braxton.” Kirk. Ford. A unique set of names for a unique individual. You may know him by many names: IV, B, Diddy, Brax, Boi, Roo, and Uncle Paxtie. When he was born to Albert G. and Kendra (Kirk) Ford, III in Indianapolis, on December 3, 1998 in Indianapolis, IN, the young man entered the world still waiting for his identity. He started out as Albert the IV. That didn’t quite fit, so for about a month, he carried the name "Boi." A less confusing name was needed. Imagine going through life having to respond to the calls of, “Oh, Boi!” And so, his mother thought of something stronger.,,something appropriate for his lineage, his looks, and potential. “I was going to rename him Bradley Harrison Ford or Braxton Kirk Ford,” she said. “Harrison Ford is one of my favorite actors. Albert IV sounded like royalty and so does... Braxton Kirk Ford. I chose the name with Kirk because that was my maiden name.” Be it the strength of Han Solo, the royalty of Prince Albert, or the adventurous spirit of Capt. James T. Kirk, Ford had the better idea: Braxton. Say it: “Braxton.” Braxton is a name that evokes strength. It’s an old English name meaning, “Brock’s Town.” Someplace solid. Solid like a Brock. Braxton is a name that symbolizes precision. The first syllable is simply, “Brax.” Sharp. Keen. Like his jaw and chin. Braxton is a name that recalls childhood, in a way. Mothers among us may be familiar with Braxton Hicks, the name given to false labor pains. But the birth of Braxton Kirk Ford was not only real, but it also brought life to many. His mother’s mom, Marcia Kirk called him, “Roo,” no doubt with that maternal instinct of a grandmother knowing that a kangaroo is nurturing and stays close to home. As the youngest child, Braxton was a quiet and helpful child. He attended Washington Township schools and St Luke Catholic School. Braxton also attended Cathedral High School and was a 2018 graduate of Lawrence North High School. Braxton was known to be kind, peaceful, considerate, loving, funny, and always chilling in the background. He enjoyed the outdoors, marine life, dogs, insects, and agricultural studies. Braxton was an avid sports fan, was knowledgeable, and enjoyed playing football. Braxton loved cooking, alone time, reading, drawing, rap and classical music. He also traveled through the ranks of scouting – Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. He achieved Eagle Scout ranking the winter of 2017 which involved his community project, building a portable life jacket drying rack for Str8 Up Ministries, an Indianapolis ministry dedicated to mentoring urban youth, that he participated in until 2018. B also loved spending time with family and friends, especially his nieces and nephews, through celebrations and gatherings. Braxton’s surviving family gathered includes his loving parents, Kendra L Kirk and Kevin Easley; his dear siblings: Brooke and Brea Ford, David Crenshaw and Christine, Kerry, Kevin Jr, Kiara, and Brandon Easley; great-grandmother Daisy Toby; grandparents Darlene Robinson, Albert G. Ford, Jr. and Raymond Kirk; and special friend Sha’La Ransom. A host of aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and friends also honor Braxton’s family who preceded him in death: his beloved father, Albert G Ford, III; and his grandmothers, Marcia Kirk and Shirley Madison Ford. People were drawn to Braxton, because of his light-hearted spirit, something borne out by a definition of his name reflected in the “Urban Dictionary.” One definition says: “A gorgeous compassionate boy who loves with all he can give. Although he may be insecure, his passion and ability to love just make him all the more irresistible. His lack to be able to commit only makes him loved and cared about even more than he already is... He is smart, loving and intense. He is amazing.” Another definition calls “Braxton”, “A very intelligent young man. He can do anything when putting his mind to it. He’s loving, caring, silly, ornery at times, and lives with his whole heart. There is nothing he cannot do. He makes everyone so proud. That kid Braxton is so awesome, we should be like him!!!” We don’t know that these definitions were written about our son, brother, nephew, cousin and uncle, but we know these perfectly express his life, and how we will forever remember: Say it -- Braxton Kirk Ford. -30-

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, February 21, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, February 22, 2020

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Beate Hernandez de la Cruz

July 13, 2021

Rest in Peace Braxton Sad Story 😥😥🙏🏻🙏🏻 So heartbreaking 💔😥😥🙏🏻

Paul Tinkle

March 16, 2021

I think about Braxton often, I wish I had known him better. I will always remember him from Middle School as a peacemaker, the man who fought for righteousness and defended the downtrodden when others wouldn't. He always held to his convictions and never betrayed his principles. The world needs more people like Braxton Ford.

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Michael Van Marter

February 24, 2020

My heart hurts for 'B' and his family now and forever. Will never forget the couple of years I was fortunate to spend with him, his big heart and his sense of humor at St. Luke.

Eileen Reed

February 22, 2020

I had the pleasure of working with Braxton. He was very polit well manored and helpfull. He was a refreashing addition to any crew I traveled with Braxton on many occasions. He was very young and nieve at times but in many ways mature beyound his young years of 21. I cant believe he is gone from this world. He will light up heaven with that beatiful smile and his kind hart. Untill we met again Braxton Kirk Ford, R.I.P. you will be forever missed and forever will i have nothing but fond memories of you young man. Your friend Eileen Reed.

Angela Lockart

February 21, 2020

I used to be a former assistant GM at McAlisters, it’s been quite sometime since I worked with Braxton, but he was one of my favorite employees. Without hesitation he would take care of anything I asked of him. The guest loved him and I received many compliments about him. He always had a smile on his face and I can still see his smile even though it’s been a few years! Way to soon for you young man, may you rest peacefully in the hands of the lord!

Carrie Hardister

February 21, 2020

I have a lot of memories of Braxton over the years and every single one of them begins with a polite hello and a hug. For those of you that know me, you know that I am a boy mom through and through and have adopted many of my son’s friends like my own. Braxton was no exception. That is why this is so hard. He was the sweetest kid with a wonderful spirit. His mother raised him well. He always had a smile and hug for me...he is greatly missed!!

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