Mr. Matthew Edison Ballard, age 45, of Ekron, KY, passed away on Wednesday, March 2, 2022, at his residence. Matthew was born June 14, 1976, the son of Marvin Edison Ballard, Sr. and Janet Elaine Hedges. Matthew was an avid collector of Hot Wheels. He enjoyed fishing, but most of all just liked hanging out with his son. Matthew was preceded in death by his father, Marvin Ballard, Sr.; and his brother, Marvin Ballard, Jr. He is survived by his son, Cody M. Ballard; his mother, Janet Henry; his sister, Tracy Ballard; his brother, Jason Ballard; his longtime friend, Jason Suter; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved dogs, Susie and sparks. In honoring Matthew’s wishes, the family has chosen cremation. Hager Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.hagerfuneralhome.com.