Harold Keith Bales
1942 - 2019
Good Samaritan Funeral Home
2200 Laurel Street
Shreveport, LA
Rev. Dr. Harold Keith Bales, 77, passed away on August 11, 2019. He was born on January 16, 1942 in Knox County, Tennessee. He was the son of the late Burchell H. and Edith F. Bales. He was for most of his adult life a United Methodist Minister serving churches in Tennessee and North Carolina notably at First UMC in Charlotte, Central UMC in Asheville and First United Methodist Church in Gastonia, NC. During most of his ministerial career, he was not only a pastor but a denominational executive. He served on the Boards of Trust of Tennessee Wesleyan College, Emory and Henry College and Hiwassee College. He also served on the Boards of Directors of numerous community agencies. He was the Executive Director of The Churches Presence at the 1982 World's Fair. He was also a writer, teacher, lecturer and church consultant.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Judith Byrd Bales, his high school sweetheart. Also surviving are their children, David Keith Bales, Philip Kevin Bales and Susannah Rose Bales Faulhaber. Their daughter, Janice Kay Bales White is deceased. Also surviving are grandchildren: John White and Jenny Calvo, Caitlyn Pasour and Megan Bales, and Wesley and Shea Bales. His brother, Burchell Lynn Bales and sister, Brenda Stewart also survive him. His brother, Stephen Ray Bales of Knoxville, TN., is deceased. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and four great grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held at Trinity UMC 416 E. First Street Kannapolis, NC. 28083 on Monday, August 19, 2019 at 2:00 PM. Additionally, the service will be live-streamed and can be accessed via the following web address: ustream.tv/channel/trinity-umc-kannapolis

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First UMC Charlotte, First UMC Gastonia, Central UMC Asheville and Trinity UMC Kannapolis.

The Good Samaritan Funeral Home in Denver is serving the Bales Family
Published by Charlotte Observer on Aug. 14, 2019.
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Trinity UMC
416 E. First Street, Kannapolis, NC
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I'm so very sorry to read of Harold's passing, 9 months later. He was a fine man and a friend of my father, Bill Brantley. I enjoyed Harold's humor and writings and his smile. Peace and love to you.
Randy Brantley
April 25, 2020
I'm sorry this is late. I only learned about Harold's death this morning. Harold was one of my doctoral students at Vanderbilt Divinity School, and his presence was always a pleasure to everyone in the classes he attended. He had a wry sense of humor--puckish, even--and his smile could win anyone's heart.

He was editor at the Methodist Church's TIDINGS magazine, and I remember many pleasant times we sat and talked in his office there, which was only a few hundred feet from the Vanderbilt campus. His lovely wife Judy was often on his mind and in his comments, and I appreciated him even more for that.

Later, when he had moved to North Carolina and served in various positions there, he started sending his weekly blogs, and I enjoyed his thoughtful humor that sparkled in almost everything he wrote.

I had great sympathy for Harold when he had to give up one of his feet, and have often thought how beautifully he adjusted to this handicap.

He was a wonderful soul and a good friend, and I shall miss his presence in this world, even though I know he's comfortably situated in a new one.

Blessings, JUDY and children. I loved that guy!!
John Killinger
August 29, 2019
My deepest sympathies to the Bales family. I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. May God's loyal love give you a measure of comfort during this time of sadness, Psalms 119:76.
August 19, 2019
Thank you for streaming the service for us. Judy knows I was at bell practice which is why the beautiful Susannah came to be. Let her know that Sarah is in Salt Lake doing a pediatric residency. Tears of joy today. Our doors are always open. Love, Pat
Pat Turner
August 19, 2019
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