Retired US Air Force Lt Colonel James Thomas Bales, Jr., 88, of Buies Creek, a true American Hero, passed away peacefully, Sunday, November 3, 2019 at his residence.
Jim was a graduate of NC State University with a degree in Geology. He later earned his Master’s. He was very proud to have served his country in the US Air Force for 21 years; during which, as a decorated pilot, he valiantly flew missions and fought battles in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars.
Jim loved Buies Creek First Baptist Church and served his church as a deacon. He also volunteered his time and energy to Habitat for Humanity, the Lion’s Club, and Meals on Wheels.
Jim truly walked among all people with love, compassion, and understanding.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, James and Stella Bales; his stepmother, Marguarete; his sister, Jean; and his first wife, Roland.
He is survived by his three children, Caroline, Phillipp, and Andrew; his second wife, Nancy Marshbanks Bales; his three stepchildren, Nancy, Susan, and Melissa; and his two grandchildren, Graham and Rebecca.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Buies Creek First Baptist Church, 118 Main St, Buies Creek, NC 27506.
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