Weaver Funeral Home

5815 Western Ave, Knoxville, TN


Martha Ann Bales

June 2, 1954February 13, 2020
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Martha Ann (Moore) Bales, age 65, passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, February 13, 2020. She was a loving wife, mother, and “Nana”. She was an avid reader, loved to crochet, cookouts with family, camping trips, and spending time outdoors. Her grandchildren were her world! She was a believer of Christ and a member of Valley View Baptist Church in Knoxville. Preceded in death by father, William Don Moore; father-in-law, Alvin Ernest Bales; mother-in-law, Inez Elizabeth Perry Bales; brothers-in-law, Ricky Bales and Junior Bales. Survived by husband of 45 years, Steve Bales; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Jessica Bales; grandchildren, Hayden and River Bales; mother, Mary Ann Moore; sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary Jane (Janie) Champion (Joseph), Karen Ogle (Matt); sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Brenda Tullock (Alfred), Sharon Blackwell (Tommy); sisters-in-law, Brenda Costner-Bales and Bobbie Bales, several nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members. She will be dearly missed by family and friends. Special thanks to; nephew, Charlie Tullock, Fire Hall #17, Parkwest Hospital and Covenant Home Health Nurses. Family will receive friends Sunday at Weaver’s Chapel from 6:00- 8:00 pm with the service to follow. Reverend’s Rodger Arwood and Chuck Daniels officiating. Family and friends will meet at Berry Highland West Cemetery, Monday at 2:45pm for a 3:00 pm interment. www.weaverfuneralservices.com Weaver Funeral Home 5815 Western Ave. Knox., TN 37921


  • William Don Moore, Father (deceased)
  • Alvin Ernest Bales, Father-in-law (deceased)
  • Inez Elizabeth Perry Bales, Mother-in-law (deceased)
  • Steve Bales, Husband
  • Michael Bales, Son
  • Jessica Bales, Daughter-in-law
  • Hayden and River Bales, Grandchildren
  • Mary Ann Moore, Mother
  • Mary Jane Champion, Sister
  • Joseph Champion, Brother-in-law
  • Karen Ogle, Sister
  • Matt Ogle, Brother-in-law
  • Brenda Tullock, Sister-in-law
  • Alfred Tullock, Brother-in-law
  • Sharon Blackwell, Sister-in-law
  • Tommy Blackwell, Brother-in-law
  • Several, Nieces, Nephews, Cousins, and extended family
  • Special thanks to; nephew, Charlie Tullock, Fire Hall # 17, Parkwest Hospital and Covenant Home Health Nurses.

  • Michael Tullock, Active
  • Charlie Tullock, Active
  • Allen Blackwell, Active
  • Tommy Hipsher, Active
  • Cody Witt, Active
  • Matt Ogle, Active


  • Visitation Sunday, February 16, 2020
  • Funeral Service Sunday, February 16, 2020
  • Committal Service Monday, February 17, 2020


Martha Ann Bales

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Angela McClanahan

February 17, 2020

Steve and Michael I am so sorry for your loss. Martha was the sweetest person you would ever meet. I am so happy I could call her my friend. Prayers that you all find comfort in the upcoming days.

Carol Bentley

February 16, 2020

I am saddened to hear of Martha’s passing. She was a beautiful person ,a great coworker and friend. Prayers to the family.

Joel Brown

February 16, 2020

I can still remember her smile and that adorable laugh. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Steve....my prayers to you and your family on your loss. I have fond memories of times that Janie and I spent with you and Martha. I still have a great love in my heart for rhis wonderful family.

Jamie Provenza

February 15, 2020

It’s so hard to think of the words to say I will miss her so much . She was a very special person , one of a kind . We had some special times together . I will miss her smile . Gone way to soon . But I know she will be up in heaven watching over all of us .



Martha Ann Bales was a natural leader whose winning presence allowed her to take control of various situations with ease. Equipped with a clear and calculating focus, she possessed a tough-minded, “take charge” attitude. She had the ability to make even routine situations seem exciting, and she was at ease with the role of playing problem solver. Martha always sought out the scene of where the action was. Sociable, analytical and pleasant, Martha was an individual who enjoyed life’s challenges.

      Martha was born on June 2, 1954 at Ft. Sander's Regional Hospital in Knoxville, Tennessee. Her parents were William Don Moore and Mary Ann Moore. Martha was raised in Knoxville. Always able to express herself well, Martha possessed strong interpersonal skills. She was optimistic in her outlook on life and was able at all times to be open and direct in her communication. Armed with a great wit, Martha was raised to be accepting of others and to implement a strong personal work ethic.

      Blessed with a balanced attitude, Martha was able to relate well with others. Her occasional role as family mediator gave her the opportunity to ease tense situations when they occurred. Martha was raised with two siblings. She had two younger sisters, Mary Jane "Janie" and Karen. Martha had a strong desire to be treated fairly and would readily offer others the same fairness in return.

      As a young child, Martha showed her creative ability in many ways. She was outgoing and animated. Martha enjoyed new activities and pursued a variety of interests. In her spare time she liked reading, cross stitch and crocheting.

      Known to others as a focused, logical, open-minded and somewhat driven individual, Martha was able to utilize these qualities to succeed in high school. Her curious nature was spurred by her ability to maximize her personal learning style through employing a hands-on approach. She was good with facts and had an excellent memory. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Martha attended Karns High School.

      Friends and acquaintances found Martha an easy woman to get to know, and those close to her would often praise her open, practical style of communication and relaxed approach to life in general. Martha was uncomplicated and straightforward in her relationships, which allowed her to accept people for what they were. While growing up, some of her best friends were Doris Williams, Jewell Bell and Linda Seebee. Later in life, she became friends with Missy Griffin, Ann and Erby Bowles, Sandy Johnson, Dawn Johnson, Don Eklund and Don and Carolyn Garren.

      On August 31, 1974 Martha exchanged wedding vows with Alvin Steven Bales (Steve) at Valley View Baptist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. Martha was attentive to Steve's feelings, and she charmed Steve and others with her gift for being able to give freely and generously. A good listener with an engaging personality, Martha was able to bring pleasure and unexpected humor to the relationship.

      Very much like a kid herself, Martha identified with the inquisitive and creative side of her son's personality. She was able to direct her energy and spontaneity towards helping her son acquire added common sense skills. Martha was blessed with one child, a son, Michael Bales. They were also blessed with two grandchildren, a grandson, Hayden Zane and a granddaughter, River Jade.

      Martha was a flexible worker who was able to draw the best from others around her. A persuasive individual who was quick to make necessary decisions, Martha’s strengths included being able to think on her feet. She could be a leader who sought impact for her decisions. Gifted with an incredible ability to read body language, Martha was able to positively manipulate situations and motivate others in order to get a task completed. She was a good negotiator who enjoyed new challenges. Martha could multi-task, and she was endowed with entrepreneurial spirit, allowing her to think beyond standard norms when it came to resolving issues in her work environment. Her primary occupation was office clerk. She was employed for several years as a seamstress at Levi's, and Standard Knitting Mills and then became an office clerk at Team Health.

      Martha enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. She had something of an artistic flair in many of the things that she did. She put this creativity toward all of her pastimes. Her favorite pursuits were reading Amish books, crocheting, camping, cross stitching, watching the birds and playing with her grandchildren. She was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Martha was something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were Volunteer football and basketball.... Lady Vols.

      Martha was a gifted problem solver who worked hard to help accomplish group goals. This skill made her a wonderful asset to the various groups and organizations to which she belonged. Always matter-of-fact about what needed to be done, Martha worked steadily to meet any organization’s goals. Throughout her years, Martha was an active member of the Senior Saints at her church and was involved in the process of young couples marriage retreat.

      Martha held close traditional values and as a result, faith was important to her. She was a member of Valley View Baptist Church. During that time, she sang in the choir and was active with the Senior Saints Sunday School Class.

      Travel and vacations were experiences that Martha truly enjoyed. She preferred to seek out excitement wherever she went and she was partial to vacations that were casual and laid back with an atmosphere of “live and let live.” She was willing to leave her plans open and flexible, just in case something more interesting came along. Favorite vacations included trips to the Smokey Mountains, camping and trips to Myrtle Beach.

      Martha was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Martha’s favorites was Dudley, a Dachshund. They were best friends for fourteen years.

      When Martha had to take medical retirement in 2005 from Team Health, she was knew her life would be fulfilling. She was able to easily adapt to changes and enjoyed just having fun and being relaxed. Her new life involved staying in Knoxville surrounded by her family. In retirement, she found new pleasure in having more time to spend with her grandchildren and enjoying her favorite activities; crocheting, face booking, reading and cross stitching.

      Martha passed away on February 13, 2020 at home. She passed away do to COPD, Diabetes and Congestive Heart Failure. She is survived by her husband, Steve; son, Michael and wife Jessica; grandchildren, Hayden and River, sisters, mom, sisters and brothers-in-law, aunts, uncles and nieces and nephews. Services were held at Weaver Funeral Home. Martha was laid to rest in Berry Highland West Cemetery.

      Martha was the kind of person who could win others over easily. A concrete communicator, she relied on her senses to increase her involvement and awareness of others. She was always able to provide amusing repartee to her friends and acquaintances, offering a seemingly endless supply of quips, anecdotes, jokes and stories. If Martha had a theme song written about her, it might well have been “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” She enjoyed her life and the experience of living it. This is how everyone will remember Martha Ann Bales.