BALES, James 72, passed away peacefully on May 8, 2013. He was preceded in death by his mother, Patricia Guyer; and father, Norman Bales. Survivors include his loving wife of thirty nine years, Jean Bales; his sister, Linda Williams & brother-in-law, Johnny Williams of Pevely MO; his children; grandchildren; nieces & nephews.Jim was embraced by the Strawberry Ridge Community & was very involved in the many clubs and events, notably the Wood Shop, and worked to make his community better by volunteering his services to those in need.Jim was an Air Force veteran, a golfer, an avid fisherman, football fan and loved exploring the many beaches in Florida. Jim will be remembered for his sense of humor, good-natured & ever-helpful attitude, always lending a hand to neighbors and friends. A celebration of life will be held in the Summer of 2013 to honor Jim's memory.

Published in the Tampa Bay Times on May 14, 2013