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FORT OGLETHORPE - Gary Sidney Bales, 79, Georgia, passed away on Friday, April 2, 2021 in a local hospital.

He was a 1959 graduate of Central High School in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Gary owned a successful construction company, Ascension Contractors, in Birmingham, Alabama. He loved to travel, and his trips to the South Pacific, Europe, and the Panama Canal were among his favorites. His hobbies were golfing, bowling, and word puzzles.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Joe Bales Sr. and Stella Bales; son, Steve Bales; brothers Pat Bales, and Dennis Bales, and brother-in-law, Harry West.

He is survived by his wife with whom he celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary, Judy Bales, and daughter, Sherrie (Brian) Machen; grandkids, Briana Machen, Matthew Bales, and Brandon Bales; his brothers, Rodney (Marrilyn) Bales, Joe (Rachel) Bales Jr.; sisters, Shirley (Barry) Patterson, Glenda (Joe) Meadows, and Yvonne West; sisters-in-law, Sherre Bales and June Bales,; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held from the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson,TN on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 2pm. Interment will be in Hamilton Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 12:00 PM until service time at the funeral home.