Celebrating The Life Of Loved Ones

Thomas “Tom”Mark Bales

Thomas Tom Mark Bales, 52, of Albemarle, passed away on Sunday, February 7, 2021, at Atrium Health Cabarrus. Due to Covid-19, a private memorial service to celebrate Tom will be held at a later date.
Tom was born July 22, 1968, in Davenport, IA to the late James Malon Bales and Sally Ruth Williams Bales. He was a graduate of Pfeiffer University. Tom worked with the local Boy Scouts of America Council for several years and he loved his cats.
Mr. Bales is survived by his sister Susan Bales of Carrboro, NC; brothers: Bruce Sullivan Bales (Margaret Keane) of San Francisco, CA, and James W. Bales (Elizabeth) of Boston, MA; nieces: Hana Hanley (Zach) of Pensacola, FL, Kim Chase (Jack) of Wichita, KA, Kate Bales of Portland, OR, Lindy Bales of Boston, MA; nephews: Bruce James Bales of Des Moines, IA, Charles Bales of Boston, MA.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Kidney Fund at www.kidneyfund.org
Stanly Funeral and Cremation Care of Albemarle is serving the Bales family.


  • Melinda H. Mabry Posted February 9, 2021 3:24 pm

    I have known Tom (Toe ma toe) for it seems like forever. He was such a very good friend and we shared a lot of good memories and thousands of laughs. I have not and never will forget about Foot, Foot, and Foot Foot Foot. (I’m sure I’m not the only one that knows this crazy story) I just recently saw him for a few minutes down at the station the other day and had a known that would be the last time I would see him we would have chatted a whole lot longer. Tom was a friend that always had your back even if you weren’t around. I will never forget the “Over the Rainbow Blue” paint we used painting at his parents house either, which was a constant joke. Those were good times! It’s still hard to believe he’s gone, and he will be greatly missed. We are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. I know this is hard but with Tom there are so many happy memories to keep us all going!
    Melinda – (the Ace Hardware girl), Jerrett (JJ), and Pyper Mabry

  • Marcy Aronson Posted February 10, 2021 10:11 am

    Dear Sue, Bruce, Jim and family:
    It is with a heavy heart that I send my condolences. No one expected this and the loss is so great. Please know that you’re all in my thoughts and prayers as you say goodbye to Tom and send him off to be with grandad and grandmother. Hugs and love to you all, Marcy

  • Brian Hammill Posted February 11, 2021 8:04 pm

    Mu sincerest condolences and sympathy for family and friends. My heart is heavy from the news. I’ll never ever forget all the times in all the different bands we played in with together. I’ll especially remember the Pfeiffer pep band and being a fellow low-brass player. It was always great playing music and having fun doing it. Tom made us all laugh and the whole thing a little bit crazy and a lot more fun. Heaven gained a tuba player and we lost a good friend and a lifelong trooper. Ride easy my friend, till we meet again.

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