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1956 Paul 2022

Paul Elton Bass

January 6, 1956 — February 13, 2022


Age 66, passed away February 13, 2022, Survived by loving family, community and students.

On the beautiful sunrise of January 6, 1956, Ms. Addie Sue Bass gave birth to a lively baby boy and named him Paul Elton Bass. Surrounded by an abundance of faith, love, encouragement, and laughter, as the African proverb states, it takes a village to raise a child and Paul’s village was comprised of his loving family especially Mother, Grandmother, and devoted sister Eleanor, whom he affectionally called “Ah-Na-Na”. A devoted family man, Paul enjoyed his close-knit family gatherings, traveling, and their traditional Sunday dinners, where Paul’s favorite meal was his mother’s meatloaf.  


At a tender age, Paul confessed his love for Christ and was baptized at Galilee Baptist Church by Reverend Levi A. Britt.  Shortly, thereafter, he joined the Junior Choir, Sunday School, and church activities. Outside of his church family, Paul was very active in his community with the Herman Street and the 22nd Court North Families and attending NCI and Washington Junior High. Paul was a member of the Pearl High School Chorus, traveling abroad in concert: El Capitan Civic, Social Club, The Growling Tiger newspaper, and the Tennis Team. In 1973, Paul graduated from the historic Pearl High School like his mother (1945) and sister (1971).  


The following fall, Paul enrolled in the historic Tennessee State University and quickly became an asset to various university organizations: Air Force ROTC "Tiger Jets" Drill Team, Meister Singers, and Youth Mentoring. He also served on campus and throughout the community. In 1976, Paul continued to follow his heart to serve; by enlisting in the United States Air Force and serving his country under the rank of Medical Service Specialist, E4.   


After honorably serving his country, Sgt. Paul Elton Bass continued pursuing his desire for and love for learning at Middle Tennessee State University. On March 15, 1982, Paul was one of the "Furious Five" that crossed the burning sands into Greek life, undying brotherhood, and the Kappa Line of the Kappa Xi Chapter into the land of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Transferring to Tennessee State the following year he continued and obtained his Bachelor’s Education.  After graduation, Paul started his teaching career, serving as the In-School Suspension Counselor at Bass Middle School. In 1989, he joined his beloved Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet High School, where he would prove to leave a grand footprint changing the lives of those who had the honor to know him. 


Dedicated, committed, and driven Coach Bass took on his role seriously in the classroom and as a wrestling coach. Paul was truly given his flowers, showered for 25 years with an abundance of awards, accolades, and the esteemed honor of being named Teacher of the Year multiple times, also recognized by the NWCA (Coaches Association). He was a member of the MNEA and TEA, where he was presented with service awards from Big Brothers. Although he did not father any children, he was a parental figure, coach, mentor, and played a pivotal role in the life of numerous students lives.  After 40 years of teaching and retirement; he continued to influence children and adults, teach, and engage in their lives.  


As the sunset on February 13, 2022; our beloved Paul closed his eyes, took his last breath, and place his hand in the hand of his Heavenly Father. Paul is preceded in death by his mother, Ms. Addie Sue Bass, his grandparents Lloyd and Vallie Bass, aunts and uncles Julia Carroll, Wallace Bass., Della Jackson, Catherine Moore, Murray and Mary Thacker, Clara Copeland, Fred and Fannie Waters, Dr. Alphonse Peterson, Robert and Effie Dement, Herman Jackson, and Quentin Jackson, Cousins.  He is survived by his devoted sister, Eleanor Bass, Michael Washington, Brian Britton (godson), Anthony Jackson, Alisa Jackson, and Renee Jackson, and Tracie T. Bond (cousins); Gary Lee ‘Poo-Poo’ Jackson, Jr., Byron Harper, Eddie Patton-Gooch, and Michael Bush; Regina (Bill) Givens, Searra Williams, Rolanda Walker, Chantae Jackson, Courtney Robinson, Terry Williams, Charles Williams, Nzinga Jean, a host of Bass and Whitson Cousins of Minnesota, Jackson Family, special friends: Barbara Harper, Judy Jackson, Rhonda Johnson, Willie Armstrong, Howard Cole, Grady, Odom, his Alpha Phi Alpha brothers; and a host of other family and friends, students, co-workers, and community.  Visitaiton Wednesday, February 23, 2022, 3-6pm Visitation Thursday, February 24, 2022, 6-7:00pm with funeral to follow at Galilee Baptist Church 2021 Herman Street. Burial Thursday, March 3, 2022, 9:00am at Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery.

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Monday, February 28, 2022

9:00 - 9:30 am (Central time)

Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery

McCrory Lane, Nashville, TN 37221

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