Melvin Harold Bales, 90, of Dawsonville, died June 15, 2018.
His parents, Claude Bales and Grace Marie (Francis) Bales; his brother Raymond Bales; and his beloved wife of 64 years, Monteen (Williams) Bales, preceded him in death.
Harold was born at home in Sandy Springs on Sept. 20, 1927 and lived a productive and fulfilled life.
Survivors include his sons, Russell Bales of Suwanee and Randall (Sandy) Bales of Clermont; nieces, Terri Bales Little (Mike) of Panama City Beach, Fla. and Donna Bales Van Dyke (Bruce) of Cumming; sisters-in-law, Lois Williams of Dawsonville and Louise Chapin (Lloyd) of St. Petersburg, Fla.; special caregiver, Donna Even; many nieces and nephews; various other relatives also survive.
Harold and Monteen married November 5, 1950. He was soon drafted into the U.S. Army and served in Korea from 1951 until 1952. He declined an opportunity to continue his military service in order to return to his new home and wife. Prior to his military service he took great pride in working for the Bell Bomber plant, developing the B29 Super Fortress aircraft. After completing his military service he enjoyed an extensive career as a licensed electrician working for Bales and Womack Electrical Contractors and Womack Electric Company until his retirement in 1986. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW Local 613).
Upon retiring he moved with Monteen to Lake Lanier in Dawsonville and enjoyed boating, owning many boats during his lifetime. While he spent many hours on Lake Lanier, he never learned to swim.
Visitation was held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. June 17 in the Sandy Springs Chapel. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. June 18 in the Sandy Springs Chapel followed by burial at the Sandy Springs Historic Cemetery. A reception at Sandy Springs Chapel followed burial.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Shriner's Hospitals for Children, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, or your favorite charity.
Sandy Springs Chapel of Sandy Springs was in charge of the arrangements.