OBITUARY

Dr. William Thomas "Tom" Bass

February 18, 1942August 22, 2020
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Dr. William Thomas Bass “Tom”: Christ follower, husband, father, grandfather, (affectionately known as PaTom), nuclear physicist, scientist, engineer, musician and Mr. Fixit, passed into heaven to meet his Creator on August 22, 2020 from Parkinson’s, at age 78, which he fought for 20+ years with dignity, tenacity and great patience.

Tom was known to be a kind and gentle man, who loved his family dearly and he leaves behind his best friend and wife of 55 years, Mardi Blanchard Bass; 3 wonderful children, their spouses and 9 treasured grandchildren, Son: David Thomas Bass (Laura) and their children Samuel Mark Bass and Madeline Grace Bass. Son: Allan Christopher Bass (Maria) and their children Harrison Bert Bass, Austin Thomas Bass, Benjamin Sawyer Bass, and Ryan Spencer King, as well as the mother of Bert Bass, Kimberly Hill. Daughter: Elizabeth Bass Hilliard (Lance) and their children: Jackson Wesley Hilliard, Anna Elizabeth Hilliard, and Ella Katherine Hilliard. Brother: Dr. Charles David Bass and wife Vicki, and a host of extended family. Tom was the son of the late Dr. & Mrs. William Wilson Bass.

Dr. Bass received his college education at Carson-Newman College in Tennessee, and then his PhD in nuclear physics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. During that time, he conducted research in low energy physics at Oak Ridge National Lab. Upon graduation, he rose to full professor at Macon State College (Now Middle Ga. State University) and was known to be a delightful and entertaining and compelling physics professor, and popular speaker in the middle Georgia area. During several summers he enjoyed teaching Georgia’s gifted students at the Georgia Governors’ Honors Program. Subsequently, he was employed by Litton Industries as a software engineer. His last employment was with Mercer Engineering Research Center, from which he retired as Chief Scientist. Upon his retirement, Dr. Dave Barwick, his colleague of 30 years, stated that he had never heard anyone say anything bad about Tom!.

Although he was trained as a scientist, his curious mind and problem solving skills led him into many areas of life. Dr. Bass had a disarming sense of humor, a great bass voice and sang in church quartets and choirs. He was trained in both classical organ and piano music and was an accomplished pianist, with an innate ear for music and improv. His children would lie down under the grand piano and listen to his mini concerts. A music filled home touches the heartstrings. Fixing things was his forte and he and his wife remodeled and built several houses together, rebuilt auto engines, and did nearly all DIY projects together. He believed that if others could learn to fix things, he could too!

Even though he was a member of professional organizations, his greatest joys were his involvement with his family, and with church leadership. Though a brilliant physicist and college professor, as a humble man he chose to give his major life influences to developing his family, children and the myriad number of friends who filled their home, and thereby serving his Lord. Hobbies revolved around “home projects” in which he patiently mentored his children and also supported them in their many pursuits. He invested fully in his family---his highest achievement and legacy. We have lost a quiet, humble, humorous, and intelligent` partner, father, grandfather and friend.

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants”. Psalms 116:15

Celebration of life services will be held at 11 AM at Ingleside Baptist Church, (where he was an active member) on Saturday, August 29, 2020 with officiants Dr. Tim McCoy and Dr. Mark Hudgins officiating. The family welcomes your participation, with music starting at 10:30, at the service or live streaming, at 11 AM, at https://www.facebook.com/SnowsMemorialChapelBass/ His body will lie in state at the church. Burial will be private for family and will be officiated by Tom’s brother-in-law, Dr. Bill Blanchard. The family requests that you wear masks and expect social distancing. Attendance will be limited to the first 150 guests. In lieu of flowers, please plan a special experience with your family or loved ones, or do a kindness anonymously, and celebrate the blessing of family and love as you make good memories.

Our very special gratitude goes to Erica Watford and Joshua Steward (Loving Hands of Grace caregivers), for their very loving and excellent care in recent months. Also to Pine Pointe Hospice, for their stellar and compassionate care in his last days.

Snows Memorial Chapel, Bass Road, has been entrusted with services. Please visit www.snowsmacon.com to share memories and tributes.

  • FAMILY

  • Tom was known to be a kind and gentle man, who loved his family dearly and he leaves behind his best friend and wife of 55 years, Mardi Blanchard Bass; 3 wonderful children, their spouses and 9 treasured grandchildren, Son: David Thomas Bass (Laura) and their children Samuel Mark Bass and Madeline Grace Bass. Son: Allan Christopher Bass (Maria) and their children Harrison Bert Bass, Austin Thomas Bass, Benjamin Sawyer Bass, and Ryan Spencer King, as well as the mother of Bert Bass, Kimberly Hill. Daughter: Elizabeth Bass Hilliard (Lance) and their children: Jackson Wesley Hilliard, Anna Elizabeth Hilliard, and Ella Katherine Hilliard. Brother: Dr. Charles David Bass and wife Vicki, and a host of extended family. Tom was the son of the late Dr. & Mrs. William Wilson Bass.

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  • Please plan a special experience with your family or loved ones, or do a kindness anonymously, and celebrate the blessing of family and love as you make good memories.

Services

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    Saturday, August 29, 2020

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  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, August 29, 2020

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Linda Gass

August 31, 2020

So sorry to hear of Thomas passing. We remember the Bass family well from First Baptist Church, Jefferson City, and Carson Newman College. Actually Thomas was our paperboy for a time.
I enjoyed the video so much.
Prayers for comfort and peace for all.

Linda and Charlie Gass

Grant, Gina, and Gray Greenwood

August 29, 2020

Mardi and Elizabeth,

We extend our deepest condolences. The service was absolutely beautiful.

Today was no doubt a great challenge emotionally. Our prayer for you is peace in the quiet times - the peace of knowing that Dr. Bass lives on, not only in Heaven, but through his incredible wife, children, and grandchildren.

“Acorns do not fall far from tree” - as they say. It is clear that the strong roots that Dr. Bass provided you all, have yielded a great harvest - a fine, brilliant, talented Christian family who loves and gives so deeply.

It has been our honor to know Dr. Bass, Jake, Anna, Ella Kate, Lance, and you both. We look forward to many more years of watching his legacy grow! (For the record - Gray says Anna will be the next nuclear physicist in the family! Jake will be the next great musician! And Ella Kate will clearly land as the next great stage performer of the family!)

God bless you, all! We love you, guys!

Grant and Gina Greenwood

Melvin Eugene Bishop

August 29, 2020

We will see Tom Bass again in Heaven !!!

Alan Bickford

August 28, 2020

Dear Mardi and family,
I was so sorry to read of Tom’s death.
Evelyn and I always thought very highly of Tom.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Alan

Steve Wooley

August 27, 2020

The first word that comes to mind when I think of Tom is unflappable. I admired and respected him as much as any man I've ever known and I can't imagine anyone possessing more kindness, compassion, humility, decency or integrity. It's obvious that Tom was a Christ-centered man, husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He could carry on a lively conversation about any subject and I always enjoyed chewing the fat with him. He had a positive impact on so many people, and his focus was always on others. To Mardi and family, you were truly blessed to have Tom in your lives and those blessings will continue in your memories of him.

CHARLIE CLOANINGER

August 26, 2020

TO; DR. TOM BASS FAMILY---
A NOTE TO EXPRESS OUR SYMPATHY RELATED TO THE RECENT PASSING OF YOUR BELOVED 'TOM''. IN THE 'EARLY 1970's, TOM & I (CHARLIE CLOANINGER) BECAME GOOD FRIENDS WHILE SERVING ON THE (THEN NEW) MACON JR. COLLEGE FACULTY AND ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF. HE WAS A NEW PHYSICS PROFESSOR AND I, A YOUNG NEW DEAN OF STUDENT AFFAIRS.
DURING OUR YEARS @ MJC (NOW MIDDLE GA STATE UNIV)
IT QUICKLY BECAME EVIDENT THAT PROFESSOR TOM HAD UNIQUE 'TEACHING TALENTS' ...HE COULD TAKE AWAY THE 'FEAR' OF LEARNING FRESHMAN/SOPHOMORE PHYSICS! TOM ALSO SUPPORTED OUR STUDENT SERVICES PROGRAMS THAT PROMOTED LEARNING 'OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM'.
AS THE DEAN OF STUDENT AFFAIRS, I REALLY APPRECIATED HIS EFFORTS TO HELP WITH A STUDENT'S TOTAL PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT WHILE ATTAINING A POST-SECONDARY DEGREE.
PLEASE BE ASSURED THAT YOUR BELOVED 'TOM' LEFT THIS
WORLD A 'MUCH BETTER PLACE'...HE WILL BE LONG REMEMBERED AS AN HONORABLE HUMAN BEING --ALWAYS WILLING TO SHARE HIS VAST KNOWLEDGE THROUGH HIS GENTLE PERSONALITY. MAY OUR FRIEND REST IN ETERNAL PEACE --- CHARLIE E. CLOANINGER, PH.D. (LINDA)
VP- STUDENT AFFAIRS EMERITUS - 1970-1998

John Myers

August 26, 2020

Thomas Bass was and remains a brilliant light for your family, for the scientific community and for the community of faith. His creativity, his artistry, his knowledge base and his compassion for people all reflect characteristics of our Lord and Savior that attract us to him. We are blessed to have known and loved Thomas, and we join with you in mourning his passing.

David Israel

August 26, 2020

Dear Mardi and Family,
I doubt that you would remember me: I was a physics student at Macon Jr. College in 1972 in Dr. Bass' higher Physics classes for professionals. I met you and your family at a birthday party for one of my nieces, Cissy Strong, on Berkley Avenue. I wanted to share some of Dr. Bass' influences and effects on his students, I being just one.
Beside physics, he taught me several computer programming languages in physics class. This skill followed me through Georgia State where I became a Physical Therapist, Berry College MBA program, SUNY where I studies Healthcare Management, Troy University and Mercer University. After retirement, I became a Physics teacher for 15 years and modeled my classes after his classes. In all of these endeavors, I used the skills for programming and computer logic. He was a great teacher!
He imparted his faith to us as he taught and worked. I am now a full-time minister having my faith to grow in the Knowledge of Jesus Christ. Most of us find encouragement from people in our lives. He continues to do that even as I type.
I am sure that your sorrow is great but know this, his legacy lives on. I do share in your loss.

David H. Israel

Dr Stephen Summerow

August 25, 2020

Thankful for watching soccer games with the entire Bass family at FPD , wonderful memories .... may the peace of God and the sweet communion of the Holy Spirit encompass the entire Bass family ....From the entire Summerow family .

Patti Hill

August 25, 2020

Praying for your family during this time of loss. What a great man Mr. Tom was!

Biography

Dr. William Thomas Bass “Tom”: Christ follower, husband, father, grandfather, (affectionately known as PaTom), nuclear physicist, scientist, engineer, musician and Mr. Fixit, passed into heaven to meet his Creator on August 22, 2020 from Parkinson’s, at age 78, which he fought for 20+ years with dignity, tenacity and great patience.

Tom was known to be a kind and gentle man, who loved his family dearly and he leaves behind his best friend and wife of 55 years, Mardi Blanchard Bass; 3 wonderful children, their spouses and 9 treasured grandchildren, Son: David Thomas Bass (Laura) and their children Samuel Mark Bass and Madeline Grace Bass. Son: Allan Christopher Bass (Maria) and their children Harrison Bert Bass, Austin Thomas Bass, Benjamin Sawyer Bass, and Ryan Spencer King, as well as the mother of Bert Bass, Kimberly Hill. Daughter: Elizabeth Bass Hilliard (Lance) and their children: Jackson Wesley Hilliard, Anna Elizabeth Hilliard, and Ella Katherine Hilliard. Brother: Dr. Charles David Bass and wife Vicki, and a host of extended family. Tom was the son of the late Dr. & Mrs. William Wilson Bass.

Dr. Bass received his college education at Carson-Newman College in Tennessee, and then his PhD in nuclear physics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. During that time, he conducted research in low energy physics at Oak Ridge National Lab. Upon graduation, he rose to full professor at Macon State College (Now Middle Ga. State University) and was known to be a delightful and entertaining and compelling physics professor, and popular speaker in the middle Georgia area. During several summers he enjoyed teaching Georgia’s gifted students at the Georgia Governors’ Honors Program. Subsequently, he was employed by Litton Industries as a software engineer. His last employment was with Mercer Engineering Research Center, from which he retired as Chief Scientist. Upon his retirement, Dr. Dave Barwick, his colleague of 30 years, stated that he had never heard anyone say anything bad about Tom!.

Although he was trained as a scientist, his curious mind and problem solving skills led him into many areas of life. Dr. Bass had a disarming sense of humor, a great bass voice and sang in church quartets and choirs. He was trained in both classical organ and piano music and was an accomplished pianist, with an innate ear for music and improv. His children would lie down under the grand piano and listen to his mini concerts. A music filled home touches the heartstrings. Fixing things was his forte and he and his wife remodeled and built several houses together, rebuilt auto engines, and did nearly all DIY projects together. He believed that if others could learn to fix things, he could too!

Even though he was a member of professional organizations, his greatest joys were his involvement with his family, and with church leadership. Though a brilliant physicist and college professor, as a humble man he chose to give his major life influences to developing his family, children and the myriad number of friends who filled their home, and thereby serving his Lord. Hobbies revolved around “home projects” in which he patiently mentored his children and also supported them in their many pursuits. He invested fully in his family---his highest achievement and legacy. We have lost a quiet, humble, humorous, and intelligent` partner, father, grandfather and friend.

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants”. Psalms 116:15

Celebration of life services will be held at 11 AM at Ingleside Baptist Church, (where he was an active member) on Saturday, August 29, 2020 with officiants Dr. Tim McCoy and Dr. Mark Hudgins officiating.
The family welcomes your participation, with music starting at 10:30, at the service or live streaming, at 11 AM, at https://www.facebook.com/SnowsMemorialChapelBass/ His body will lie in state at the church. Burial will be private for family and will be officiated by Tom’s brother-in-law, Dr. Bill Blanchard.
The family requests that you wear masks and expect social distancing. Attendance will be limited to the first 150 guests.
In lieu of flowers, please plan a special experience with your family or loved ones, or do a kindness anonymously, and celebrate the blessing of family and love as you make good memories.

Our very special gratitude goes to Erica Watford and Joshua Steward (Loving Hands of Grace caregivers), for their very loving and excellent care in recent months. Also to Pine Pointe Hospice, for their stellar and compassionate care in his last days.

Snows Memorial Chapel, Bass Road, has been entrusted with services.
Please visit www.snowsmacon.com to share memories and tributes.

Learn more about the Bass name

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