MITCHELL, Ga.- Rev. Ralph E. Bales, 87, loving husband of the late Mrs. Glenice Cooper Bales, entered into rest March 13, 2004, at Washington County Regional Medical Center, Sandersville.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m., Monday, March 15, 2004, at the Mitchell Full Gospel Church, Mitchell, with the Rev. Chris Williford, Rev. Jacky Downs and Rev. Eddie Renew officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Rev. Bales was a native of Washington County, but lived in Glascock County most of his life. Rev. Bales was founder and Sr. Pastor of Mitchell Full Gospel Church for 29 years. He was a farmer, carpenter, brick mason and a school bus driver. Rev. Bales loved his congregation at his church very much.
Rev. Bales was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother.
Rev. Bales is survived by one son, Gary Bales; two daughter, Cristal Hunnicutt and Kay Downs, all of Mitchell; two brothers, Roger Bales of Gibson and Bill Bales of Thomson; two sisters, Ethel Wood of Thomson and Louise McNeal of Gibson; six grandchildren, Brian Bales, Craig Hunnicutt, Melanie Williford, Chad Downs, Kyle Downs and Amber Downs; six great- grandchildren, Hayleigh Batchelor, Katelyn Hunnicutt, Brandon Usry, Carson Downs, Taylor Bales and the late Kelsey Hunnicutt.
Pallbearers were Ron Powell, Sam Griswold, Kent Daniel, Robert Landrum, Gene Johnson and James Moore. Honorary pallbearers will be grandsons.
Sheppard Funeral Home, Gibson, was in charge of arrangements.