|Having Compassion...Serving the Community!
|Preserving the legacy of serving the community Big Daddy
style! The Big Daddy Johnnie Ball Foundation seeks to uplift
the greater Tulsa community by providing safe and effective
opportunities for individuals to end the cycle of poverty that
has plagued so many families within our communities. The
foundation pleadges to create opportunites to education,
leadership, and community enrichment with in Tulsa and its
surronding communities. The foundation will provide indiviuals
and groups conventional opportunites in unconvential ways!
|The Big Daddy Johnnie Ball Foundation is a non-profit
organization designed to help people reach their reach
dreams.The Foundation is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization.
|Having Compassion and Serving the Community by helping people achieve their
The world became a better place when Heaven sent a
beautiful, baby boy to Samuel and Henryetta [Hill] Ball
on June 16, 1949. The youngest and "baby boy" of nine
children, he was christened Johnnie Lemon. He was
adorable, with eyes that twinkled and a countenance
that was radiant. He attended Tullahassee School
System, where he graduated from Carter G. Woodson.
Shortly after graduation, Johnnie joined Job Corps and
received training in Culinary Arts in Chicago, Illinois.
His roving spirit would lead him to Omaha, Nebraska to
further pursue Culinary Arts. In addition to the restaurant
industry, he was a longtime employee of the Omaha
Glass Company until his entrepreneurial itch started.
Following those keen instincts, he began to sell Avon,
Mary Kay, fire crackers, fruit, ice cream, and even
dabbled in the casino business. Upon returning to Tulsa,
Johnnie was hired at Wonder Bread, where he labored as
Still compelled by his desire to be his own boss,
Johnnie continued pursuing many other business
ventures on the side. His breakthrough came when
he began selling snow cones. It was during this time
that he took on the name "Big Daddy," given to him
by his son Rod, which seemed to fit his persona.
The snow cone business did fairly well over the next
three years, but Big Daddy truly wanted to fulfill his
lifelong dream of opening a restaurant. Out of a
trailer in North Tulsa, he began selling turkey legs,
and at the recommendation of his daughter Akia, he
began to smoke potatoes, and Big Daddy's All
American BBQ as you know it was born.
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