ABERDEEN  - Thomas Lee Bales, age 16, died Saturday, August  5, 2017 due to a swimming accident in Jasper, AL. He was born March 21, 2001 to Patrick Thomas Bales and Amy Suzanne White Bales in Tupelo, MS. He was a student at Oak Hill Academy in West Point. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Aberdeen. He loved his truck, spending time with his friends, playing football, basketball, baseball, and golf. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Services will be at 4:00 p. m., Friday, August 11, 2017 at First United Methodist Church of Aberdeen with Rev. Mary Hutson and Coach Chris Craven officiating. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

Survivors include his parents, Patrick Thomas Bales and Amy Suzanne White Bales of
Aberdeen, MS; one brother, Drew Bales of Aberdeen, MS; maternal grandparents, Kyle and Lillian
White of Aberdeen, MS; one aunt, Jennifer and Lee Rollison of Aberdeen , M S ; one cousin , Rachel Kyle Rollison of Aberdeen. He was preceded in death by his brother, William Woodson Bales; grandparents, Tommy Bales & Patti Ausborn Bales; maternal great grandparents, Harry & Lillian Bourland and C. L. & Ruth White, Sr.; paternal great grandparents, Patricia Ausborn and Roland Ausborn and John & Muriel Bales.

Pallbearers are Daniel Harrington, Ash Cullum, Cooper Hilll , Nate Lamkin, Carter Armstrong, Jaiden Craven, Lucas Birmingham, Grayson Easterling, Ethan Bryan, Kindrick Langford. Honorary Pallbearers are members of the Oak Hill Football Team.

Visitation will be from 5:00 until 8:00 p. m., Thursday, August 10, 2017 at First United Methodist Church of Aberdeen.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 93,  Aberdeen, MS 39730 or Oak Hill Academy, 1682 N. Eshman Ave., West Point, MS 39773.


Trudy Nowell
Dear Bales family, I am so sorry to have read of the recent death of your precious son Thomas. Please accept my most sincere condolences. I would like to share something that I have personally found to be very comforting. It is found in the Bible at John 5:28,29 and Revelation 21:3-5. These verses tell us that soon Jehovah God through his son Christ Jesus is going to bring about a resurrection of our dear loved ones, as well as do away with all the causes we have for suffering including sickness and death. Knowing this has always comforted me and it is my hope that these thoughts will likewise comfort your family also during this most difficult time in your lives.  Please accept my deepest sympathy on your loss.

Lauren Payne
Patrick and Amy, my heart goes out to you. I cannot imagine the greif you are feeling.  You don't know me but, Tommy Bales was my mother's (Patti Sanders) cousin and John and Muriel were her aunt and uncle. Please know that your family is in the thoughts and prayers of mine and will continue to be there for some time.  May God comfort and hold you.

Teresa Morgan
 So very sorry for your loss... You and your family are on my mind daily.  Sending prayers for strength and comfort in the days to come.  With love & hugs, Teresa, Ryan and Seth Morgan

Ursula Wilson (Vee)
Amy, you and your family have been in thoughts and prayers daily. Many prayers to all of you! Love you!!

Tommy & Shannon Tucker
 Just an unspeakable tragedy.  We are so sorry.  Godspeed.

Michael Martin
Patrick, Amy and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. I don't have any words for it, just know I am praying for all of you. With love, Michael Martin

Neil Hilliard
You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Jimmy Lee & Anne Lusk
Words can never relate the thoughts, sadness and shock in the loss of this precious young life.   We are thinking of all the family and praying that God will put his loving arms around all of you in the now and in the future.  Praying and peace and understand as well.  Love you all.

Joshua & Terry Somers
Thinking of you and your family and praying for peace and comfort.

Jean Dendy
Heartfelt sympathy and prayers during this time of your terrible tragedy. May God comfort each of you as you try to heal from this loss.

Jim & Martha Buffington

Our hearts are broken.  May God be with all of you!