Joe Fredrick Ballard (Hippy Joe), 71, of Mt. Judea, died at his home, Monday, Nov. 16 (2020). Cremation and arrangements are by Coffman Funeral Home of Jasper. Memorial service will be 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 22, at Wayton Freewill Baptist Church with Pastor Tony Taylor officiating.
The son of the late James and Dorothy (Martin) Ballard was born in Gossport, Indiana, Aug. 21, 1949.
He was a heavy equipment operator. He retired from Newton County and was a Navy veteran.
He is preceded in death by five brothers, Danny, Billy, Albert, Randy and Arvie.
He is survived by his children, Melanie Ballard, of Mt. Judea, Joseph Aaron Ballard, of Kansas his wife, Lorna, and Tanggie Huffer of Indiana; his sisters, Teri and Phyliss; his brother Stevie; his former wife, Karen Bartle and four grandchildren.