Tommy Bass, 79, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., passed away April 3, 2022, at his home. He was born in Monticello on April 23, 1942, to Tootsie and “A” Bass.
A funeral service was held April 7 at Monticello United Methodist Church, with Rev. Mike Evans officiating. Pallbearers were Kenneth Lawrence, Terry Cleek, Phil Henderson, Kevin Slayton, Wirt Peterson, and Jason Peterson. Honorary pallbearers were David Laws, Kurt Jackson, Kyle Commons, and Michael Henderson. Graveside services followed in the Monticello United Methodist Church Cemetery. Wilson Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Tommy was a sweet, gentle man – kind, generous, and loyal to his friends and family. He never missed a family gathering, and he loved his family dearly. He was a proud veteran who loved having the opportunity to serve his country and was a recipient of the Army’s Expert Rifle Badge, Sharpshooter Badge, and National Defense Service Medal. Tommy was a hard worker who loved laughter and life. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and watching SEC football – especially Alabama and Mississippi State. He also liked watching the Titans play. Saturdays in the fall were spent watching ballgames.
To live with Tommy’s memory are Sue, the love of his life who was beloved and devoted to Tommy; his children, Traci Henderson (Phil) and Kim Slayton (Kevin); grandchildren, Kyle Commons, Kurt Jackson, Kandace Scoggins (Miller), Kelsea Stewart (Josh), and Michael Henderson. He is also survived by his great-grandchildren, Klaudia, Sadie Jo, and Kora Jane, Slayton Jace, and Alivia June; as well as one sister, Barbara Rose; and a sister-in-law, Hortense Bass. Tommy also leaves behind his bonus family, Marcus Stamps (Pam), Suzanne Monroe, Cami Stamps, Mackenzie Dickinson (Brandon), Mallory Rancudo (Cam); and six great-grandchildren as well as his special friends, Kenneth Lawrence, David Laws, Terry Cleek, and Ann Walker; along with numerous nieces and nephews, extended family, and friends.
Preceding him in death are his parents; one brother, Bubba Bass; his grandparents, Edward and Myrtis Butler, and Henry and Annie Bass; his son, Tim Wiser; and an aunt and uncle, Lyda and Gerald Langston.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Monticello United Methodist Church or Lawrence County Historical Society.