Randy Joe Ballard, age 55, of Ft. Sumner, New Mexico passed away on August 28, 2014 in Lea County, New Mexico. He was born on January 23, 1959 in Hobbs, New Mexico to Hilton D. Ballard and Velma J. Baker. Visitation is scheduled for Monday, September 1, 2014 from 4-7pm at Stevens Funeral Home Chapel in Lovington, New Mexico. Traditional Funeral Services are scheduled for Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 10:00am at First Baptist Church in Lovington, New Mexico with Reverend Danny Fitzpatrick and Reverend Harry Pittam Officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Cemetery in Lovington, New Mexico. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Stevens Funeral Home. Randy was a rancher and raised cattle and horses. He was also a pumper for the oilfield industry. His hobbies included leatherworking and roping. Randy is survived by two sons, Scott Ballard and Ty Ballard of Ft. Sumner, NM and one daughter, Sara Ballard of Ft, Sumner, NM. His mother, Velma J. (Thomas) Griffin of Lovington, NM, one brother, Ricky (Angela) Ballard of Elmore City, OK, two sisters, Duaina Baldridge of Pueblo, CO and Sandy Ballard of Midland, TX. He was preceded in death by his father, Hilton D. Ballard in 2001. A memorial fund has been set up in memory of Randy Ballard at the AG Department at New Mexico State University and can be found at www.giving.nmsu.edu or P.O. Box 3590 Las Cruces, NM 88003.