DENVER, N.C. The Rev. Dr. Harold Keith Bales, 77, of Denver, N.C., passed away Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019. He was born Jan. 16, 1942, in Knox County, Tenn., the son of the late Burchell H. and Edith F. Bales. For most of his adult life he was a United Methodist Minister serving churches in Tennessee and North Carolina, notably at First U.M.C. in Charlotte, Central U.M.C. in Asheville and First United Methodist Church in Gastonia. 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, Tenn., is deceased. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and four great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at Trinity U.M.C. 416 E. First St. in Kannapolis, Monday, Aug. 19, at 2 p.m. Additionally, the service will be live-streamed and can be accessed via the following web address: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First U.M.C. Charlotte, First U.M.C. Gastonia, Central U.M.C. Asheville and Trinity U.M.C. Kannapolis. The Good Samaritan Funeral Home in Denver is serving the Bales family.

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