February 27, 2014

Lasting Love (Celebrating 50 plus years of marriage): The Baleses

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Even after more than 50 years together, Harold Bales tears up when he talks about his wife and family.

“They were always here waiting for me,” he said, lovingly looking at his wife, Carolyn.

Life for the Bales family is marked by their closeness, starting with Harold and Carolyn’s married life.

“I always sat in his lap, until we got older,” she said, pointing at the green chair that has stayed in the family since their marriage nearly five decades ago. “Now we sit together on the loveseat, read the Bible and pray.”

The Bible and their faith has been the tie that binds them together. Although the couple first saw one another at Dairy Dart, their first actual meeting was at church.

Harold Bales grew up in the Keavy area of Laurel County along Ky. 363. He attended Lily High School. Carolyn called the Cold Hill area home and went to Hazel Green High School.

Rivalry between the then four county high schools — London, Hazel Green, Lily and Bush — was high and Harold was with friends at Dairy Dart one night while Carolyn was there with her friends.

“Hazel Green and Lily were fixing to play and I was giving predictions on the game score,” he said. “Lily won that game.”

Although Harold’s favored team won the game, he was close to a prize that has lasted the remainder of his life — his wife.

Carolyn was impressed by Harold when she saw him that night at Dairy Dart.  Although Harold did not know Carolyn, she had heard of him. Some of her family members were acquainted with some of his. So she went to his church — Locust Grove Christian — the next Sunday in order to meet him. The introductions resulted in Harold asking Carolyn out that day. The couple dated for eight months, then married.

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Now that school is out, what are your family’s summer vacation plans?

A. No major plans. We will probably hang out around Laurel County.
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