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Frank Gilbert Bale, Sr.

October 2, 1928 — October 4, 2022

View Funeral Webcast Frank G. Bale was born October 2, 1928, in Nashville, Tennessee. He was the son of the Jesse F. and Lilliy Earps Bale. He was married to Hazel Mae Weatheby in 1957. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, James Bale and his son, Barkley C. Bale. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, and two sons, Frank G. (Janet) Bale of Knoxville, Tennessee and Jeffery C. (Kathy) Bale of Louisville, Kentucky; four grandchildren, Dr. Ben Bale (fiancée Dr. Kaylie Snyder), Jenna (Tyler) Head, Justin (Megan) Bale, Kyle Bale; and one great-granddaughter, Sawyer June Head. Frank is also survived by one brother, Don (Mary) Bale. Frank served in the United States Navy for four years during the Korean War. He attended grade school and high school in Nashville, Tennessee. He attended George Washington University and Middle Tennessee University graduating in 1957. He was employed by Western Auto Supply Company for sixteen years. He retired from the State of Tennessee Department of Financial Institution in 1992. He then worked for Dupont Credit Union for twenty-two years, which eventually became Listerhill Credit Union. He was a certified Financial Examiner. Frank was a 32nd Degree Scottish Right and a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge. Frank was a member of First Baptist Church in Columbia, Tennessee where he served as a Deacon, taught Sunday school, served as treasurer and was a Trustee on the Tennessee Baptist Foundation. He loved his Lord and was faithful in church attendance. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, October 15, 2022, at 12 Noon at First Family Baptist Church, 2790 Pulaski Hwy, Columbia, TN 38401. Brother Mike Dawson will officiate accompanied by Pastor Deron Henry and Pastor Marty Shadoan. Burial will follow in Polk Memorial Gardens with military honors provided by Herbert Griffin American Legion Post 19. The family will visit with friends Friday, October 14, 2022, from 4:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. at Oakes & Nichols Funeral Home concluding with a Masonic service at 7:00 P.M. Pallbearers will be Kyle Bale, Justin Bale, Ben Bale, Tyler Head, Gary Townsend, and John Walton. Honorary pallbearers include members of the Radio Club and Thursday Bible Study. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to The Senior Adult Ministry at First Family First Baptist Church or Samaritan’s Purse.

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Friday, October 14, 2022

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Oakes & Nichols Funeral Home

320 West 7th Street, Columbia, TN 38401

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Friday, October 14, 2022

Starts at 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Oakes & Nichols Funeral Home

320 West 7th Street, Columbia, TN 38401

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Saturday, October 15, 2022

Starts at 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

First Family Baptist Church

2790 Pulaski Highway, Columbia, TN 38401

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