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Thadis Lavon Bass

Male 1935 - 2014  (79 years)

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  • Name Thadis Lavon Bass 
    Born 6 Jul 1935  Florida Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    _UID 4366F5216A2E3341B4B9F471E0BFFB9CD361 
    Died 14 Oct 2014  Mountain City, Johnson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Evergreen Cemetery, Okeechobee, Okeechobee County, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 1940 Federal Census of Belle Glade, Palm Beach County, Florida (April 12, 1940)
      J.A. Bass - 35 - Male - FL-FL-FL - Head - Manager General Merchandise Store
      Maud - 37 - Female - GA-GA-GA - Wife
      Joel - 14 - Male - FL-FL-GA - Son
      Kenneth - 10 - Male - FL-FL-GA - Son
      Ann - 6 - Female - FL-FL-GA - Daughter
      Lavon - 5 - Male - FL-FL-GA - Son
      Nancy - 11/12 - Female - FL-FL-GA - Daughter

      Buxton-Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home & Crematory
      Lavon Bass
      July 6, 1935 - October 14, 2014
      Lavon Bass, age 79, of Okeechobee, Florida, passed away in the early hours of Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at the Mountain City Care Center in Mountain City, Tennessee after unexpected complications that arose from a fall in their Mountain City home. Mr. Bass was born on July 6, 1935 to the late J. Avery Bass and Annie Maude Horne Bass. In addition to his parents, Lavon was preceded in death by his sisters, Ann Cumpton and Nancy Bobbitt, his brothers, Joel Bass and Kenneth Bass, his son, Tommy Van Moore, and grandson, Peter Michael Norman. Mr. Bass was a retired funeral director, serving others in this capacity for over 55 years. Along with his wife, Gail Bass, he was the former owner of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home in Okeechobee, Florida. Lavon and Gail have served and ministered to the grieving families of the Okeechobee community beginning with the purchase of the Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home in January 1976 up until August of 2014. He was also former co-owner of Mountain City Funeral Home that was officially opened 13 years ago in Mountain City, Tennessee, until its sale several years ago to the co-owner. Lavon also served our country as a veteran of the United States Air Force. In addition to his service as a funeral director, Mr. Bass served in the Okeechobee community in a variety of ways. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Okeechobee. Mr. Bass was also an active member of the Okeechobee Lions Club from 1972 until the club disbanded, selling a multitude of cups of pinto beans, sweet tea, cornbread, and Christmas trees. This to ensure that many children in the community would receive eyeglasses. Additionally, he served on the Board of Glades Health Care Center in Pahokee, Florida, was a former member of the Board of Okeechobee Rehab, was a former Okeechobee City Councilman, was a member of and served in the American Red Cross, the Shrine Club, the Masonic Lodge, the Eastern Star, the Chamber of Commerce, and other civic organizations. A less known membership in his later years was Lavon’s active involvement in a group affectionately and humorously known as Okeechobee’s “Liars’ Club” where he gathered with a few others most mornings as they attempted to solve the world’s problems over breakfast and coffee. Mr. Bass is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 42 years, Gail M. Bass; daughter, Becky L Barnhart and her husband, James W. Barnhart of Okeechobee, Florida; grandchildren: Joshua P. Moore of Parrish, Florida, Max O. Norman and Tad A. Norman, both of Okeechobee, Florida, and Brianna N. Swartzfager and husband, David Swartzfager of Gainesville, Florida; step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Jaiden Gray, and Chanley Arnold. Also, Chanley’s sons Trystan and Bryton, along with many beloved nieces, nephews, and special family members, friends, and neighbors in both the Florida and Tennessee communities. Lavon Bass was truly one-of-a-kind - comforting, bringing laughter, and ministering to the needs of those around him. He would leave each morning with a clean hankie, but rarely returned home without it being used by someone who needed comfort. All who knew Lavon can acknowledge that he never met a stranger and could always put a smile on someone’s face. As he learned from his dear friend, the late Mickey Evans, to ask those around him if someone had told them today that they loved them, Lavon would always reassure them that he did! How many of us walked away after a hug from Mr. Bass, having the scent of his oh so familiar cologne lingering in our senses? He also quietly and privately did most of his “good deeds” so that it will never be known the number of people whose lives Mr. Bass impacted. His presence here will be missed. Services were entrusted to the loving care of Mountain City Funeral Home in Mountain City, Tennessee, and to Buxton and Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home in Okeechobee, Florida (under the direction of Tom Conway, Thomas Conway, and Mr. Bass’ son-in-law, James Barnhart). The visitation was scheduled for Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Buxton and Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home in Okeechobee, Florida. Funeral services are to be held on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Okeechobee, Florida.
    Person ID I525  Bass15 Andrew Bass of NC & Georgia
    Last Modified 12 Apr 2019 

    Father Jowel Avery Bass,   b. 18 Sep 1905, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Feb 1977, Okeechobee County, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Mother Annie Maude Horne,   b. 2 Aug 1902, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Aug 1982  (Age 80 years) 
    Family ID F91  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Gail Ridgeway 
    Married 1972 
     1. Becky L. Bass
    Last Modified 15 Apr 2019 
    Family ID F150  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart