Tommy Allan Basinger

May 17, 1948October 11, 2013

Tommy Basinger

Tommy Allan Basinger, 65, went home to be with Jesus on October 11, 2013 after battling colon cancer. He told everyone he wasn’t afraid to die because he knew Jesus and knew where he was going.

He was a three year Vietnam War veteran serving in the United States Army. Tommy served in the Chattanooga Police Department for 13 years and was retired from the United States Postal Service as a mail carrier after 27 years of service.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Thomas and Frances Basinger; sisters, Lynda Basinger (Sonny) Robinson, Janet Basinger (Eddie) Byrd.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Anita McMasters Basinger and one sister, Bonita Basinger (Jimmy) Bryan, Chickamauga, Georgia; mother-in-law, Ethel McMasters; brother-in-law, Tommy (Melinda) McMasters; and several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Monday, October 14, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. in the East Brainerd Chapel with Rev. David Harr officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton Memorial Gardens with Jason Bryan, James David Bryan, Raymond Clayton, Tim Broom, Kenny Vaughan, and Thomas Stallings serving as active pallbearers.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 4-8 p.m. and Monday from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Angel Fund at Animal Medical Professionals, 5620 Main Street, Ooltewah, Tennessee 37363.

Arrangements are by the East Brainerd Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 8214 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37421.

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James David

November 3, 2013

Uncle Bubba

I sit here at work thinking of you and our time together. I don't do well in situations like these, I guess for the most part because I don't like to face the future alone without those I care the deepest for. I joke and recount our crazy but meaningful time together, but underneath my cold hard gaze and smile, is a sadness chisled like stone in my soul. I am not going to waste my time with cliche'd tributes and goodbyes. If I did that you would not believe it was me. You were a man I respected, looked up too and most importantly loved without reservation, so you deserve me being James David, not a poser. Everyone knows or should know that you were a protector of the family because you loved us so much. One of the many attributes we have in common. I thank you for giving and asking nothing in return but to be loved and treated equally. The main reason I am writing is because its just one of those days where I would think to myself "hey, whats Bubba and Anita up too?" and I would call and see how you guys were doing and see when we would all get together. I was just telling Mom the other day how I miss and would always anticipate a call from you wanting to meet up at macaroni grill when I would come in from school. I am mad b/c this Christmas is not going to be the same :(. I told Aunt Anita that Annie and I would be up sometime in December for a visit, so even though you won't be there in body we know you will be there in spirit. I just want to thank you for teaching me the following: Not being ashamed to have fun in life; taking time out for family and friends; work to live, not live to work; not taking for granted those you care for; being not just a Uncle, but a friend and just loving/liking me and Annie for the people we are. Speaking of which, shes a woman of few words and private, but misses you more than anyone knows. I love you!! No goodbyes, just see you later.

Bridgett Ayers

October 15, 2013

I will miss my Christmas card this year. Rest in peace my friend.

Stephenie Bishop

October 14, 2013

Uncle Bubba was one in a million, true salt of the earth. He was a man of great integrity. He meant what he said and said what he meant and was never shy to express what laid heavy on his heart. He loved his family and was very loyal.
I am thankful for our visit Thursday and also thankful to have been able to tell him how much I appreciate him, how much I love him and how much I will miss him! He asked when he got to heaven, what he could tell my mom for me...he was always considerate of others before himself. I love you Uncle Bubba and will always cheerish our final talk and all of our memories.

Karen Gates

October 14, 2013

Anita, our thoughts and prayers are with you. We love you.

Karen, Rick and family

Johnny Stephenson

October 14, 2013

Goodbye old friend, may you rest in peace.

Brenda Latham

October 13, 2013

I had the privilege of working with Tommy at the CPD, many years ago. He was always kind and a friend to me. I can still remember his laugh, and always makes me smile. Remember the good times. He will always be in your heart! Praying that the peace that passeth all understanding will lighten your heavy load at this time, and know that he is with our Heavenly Father free from pain & troubles.

Michael & Karen Twitty

October 13, 2013

Our memories will support celebrating his life. Our prayers will be for the loss to the family and his friends. We grew to know Tommy while working with him. His scruples and sincerity will be missed.
Michael & Karen

Teri Scoggins

October 13, 2013

I have only met you a few times when you lived next door to my sister, Drema. I am so sorry for your loss. Blessed peace be with you during your time of sorrow.

Debbie Hafling

October 13, 2013

Tommy, you were more than a neighbor, you were also a dear friend. Thank you for always being there for me. I will miss you tremendously! Anita, we are praying for you and the family.


October 13, 2013

The best brother a sister could ask for.....He loved his family....God surely blessed me with giving me a brother like Tommy Allan....I love you brother and so happy these were our last words to each other before he passed.