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Mark Anthony “Tony” Duncan was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on March 4, 1946, to Roth Lucas “Speedball” Duncan and Hazel Irene Clayton Duncan. He  confessed his belief in Christ at an early age joining the family’s church, St. Mark A. M. E. Zion Church on the South side of Indianapolis, followed by membership in Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church when his family moved into  Center Township.


Tony’s journey included a solid education accomplished in the Indianapolis public schools. He graduated from Shortridge High School in 1964, followed by service in the Indiana National Guard and subsequently earned his   degree in real estate at the Dayton Business School.   Real Estate and property management was his chosen career, but the Democratic Party and eventually his election to office, became his passion and platform for community change.


Tony was always well dressed and “looking good” both in and out of uniform.  He was known for his elegant tailored suits and love for Cadillacs.  He will  be  remembered as Fiercely Loyal to his friends and his causes; a man who always kept his word.  When Tony made a   promise, you would “consider it done”.  He was a man with sharp wit, and as a gifted storyteller he would keep you entertained and laughing for hours. 


His determination and compassion were most evident when he worked to promote affordable housing opportunities and improved living conditions for families of low and moderate incomes.  He championed the local and national agenda for Civil Rights, pay equity and gender equality.  He was both a “simple” man and a “complicated” man; a man who shared “his rules” and played by his own—he never left you guessing.  He practiced old fashioned chivalry, and, yet was extremely comfortable working with strong and accomplished women, becoming a supporter and adviser to many of the city’s female politicians and administrators.


His support of Congresswoman Julia Carson   started early in her political rise.  He is remembered by her family and campaign workers as a dependable poll worker starting at age 18, followed by grassroots campaigning, fundraising, and   working tirelessly in party politics.  Tony became a friend to and has remained a steadfast mentor to the Congresswoman’s grandson, United States Representative Andre D. Carson, often speaking publicly and privately of his pride in the Congressman’s many accomplishments dating back to childhood.


His party support over the years eventually led to his role as Treasurer of the Marion County Democratic Party for the past 20 years. In private circles friends would laugh and say: “If Tony Duncan cuts himself shaving he would bleed Blue!”  Elected Center Township Constable in 1993, he went on to win election seven consecutive times and served until his passing on June 6, 2020.


Throughout his life and career, Mark Anthony Duncan, remained a “Man of the People”.


He was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings, Cedric “Ceddy” D. Duncan, Peggy “Cookie” C. Duncan, Anita C. “Mikki” Duncan Wilson, and  survived by his brother, Kirk D. Bates (Jeanna); Jeffery Wilson, nephew; John Wilson, Sr., nephew; Nicole “Nikki” Wright, niece; Justin Bates, nephew;  Patricia Jones, aunt, Ella Cunningham, aunt, Geraldine Hansbrough, aunt, Lurline Anderson, aunt, and Vesa Parsons (Correll), aunt; a host of cousins, great-nieces and great-nephews; countless friends, business associates, political allies, and loved-ones who will miss him dearly and remember him daily.


The deep loss of this community leader is shared by members of the Center Township Leadership and Staff including the Honorable Brenda Roper, Judge, Center Township Small Claims Court; Gene Akers, Center Township Trustee; the District and National Staff of Congressman Andre D. Carson; and, his Ttrusted Force of Deputies.  He counted amongst his closest friends, Frank Anderson, Retired Sheriff; his brother, Kirk D. Bates; Netra McCulley, a family friend since childhood; Nick Strum and many amongst the Marion County Democratic Party.



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Dr. DeLores McGavock-Gordon
   Posted Sun June 07, 2020
A Trooper in the truest of the WORD will be missed.

DeLores McGavock-Gordon
   Posted Sun June 07, 2020
A community 'GIANT' that was his own person vs a yes man ; he served the people. He will be missed.

Homer Curley
   Posted Tue June 09, 2020
Mark & i were old classmates way back at school #32. 21st & Illinois St. (Gas company sits there now). We all grew up together as a family. I cannot think of my young childhood without thinking of Tony! He shall truly be remembered!

Jeanna Conner-Bates (Duncan)
   Posted Wed June 10, 2020
I’m going to miss you Tony. You are a great brother-in-law. Loyal, loving, respectful, gracious, and a gentleman only begin to describe you. I will miss our fireplace conversations and joking about your brother Kirk as he prepared your favorite Salmon dinner. I will miss giving updates and sharing college photos and videos of your nephew Justin. I will especially miss your smile, your ole time sayings like; “Your head is big, your feet is long, tell me what you’re waiten on”. Finally, I will miss your special greeting as I came through the door; “There’s my baby sister”. Then you would give me a big hug and kiss. Love you forever Brother-In-Law. Jeanna

Aaron E. Haith
   Posted Wed June 10, 2020
Another good man gone home to rest. You will be missed Tony but not forgotten by those like me who considered you a friend.

Billie Breaux
   Posted Wed June 10, 2020
I join with the many who mourn the death of Tony Duncan and give thanks for his life. In his transition he joins Joe Summers, Julia Carson, Glenn Howard and Bill Crawford - all architects and builders of the Marion County Democrat party we know today. Todays leaders exist because of the struggles of these and others who lead the way. Tony was a Democrat through and through. He was forever loyal to Julia Carson who believed in him and gave him an opportunity to use his many talents. Tony, we will Miss you. You have earned eternal rest.

Gelone Broadnax
   Posted Wed June 10, 2020
Heaven has Gained Another Angel. Rest well My Friend. 💔

Brenda A. Roper
   Posted Thu June 11, 2020
I will miss my MENTOR, FRIEND and COLLEAGUE. Rest well, Tony. Your good work is done.

Steve Barnett
   Posted Fri June 12, 2020
Tony, you will be missed. Your contributions to political change have made the world a better place. Your labors are done, rest in peace.

anne moon
   Posted Fri June 12, 2020
billie b , comments expresses what my thoughts are-thank you--ANNR E MOON

Dawn Hughes
   Posted Fri June 12, 2020
Tony you were a force to be reckoned with in the democratic party and in life. You will be missed greatly, however your legacy will forever life on. Rest in peace.

Jeanette Larkins
   Posted Mon June 15, 2020
I will miss you my "Brother-in-love! Sincerest condolences to all of your family. Take your much needed rest "WARRIOR"❤

Gerald Zore
   Posted Mon June 15, 2020
May passing time, caring friends and loving memories, work gently through the coming days to help comfort his family.

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