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Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery
Monday February 28th, 2022
9:00am - 9:30am

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Paul Elton Bass

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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Thank everyone so so very much for your many expressions of love for Paul and care and concern for our family!!!
You cannot know how much those conversations by phone, cards, in person, emails, books of hope and prayers,visits, florals, meals, donations, chimes, and the texts and messages!!! Paul was a texter! I did not know the full extent of Paul keeping in touch with his kids family friends, co workers, and keeping us all posted at once!(I am now moving into the 21st centuy after this!)🤗😊My family showed me so many things our
whole family, which is ALL of US, and rememberances we shared with each other!!! Makes my heart so glad and I want you to know how thankful and grateful and blessed to see your LOVE and Respect for my 'Hudda Brother', Paul Elton Bass, so much, is stored in my heart!!! Thank you for sharing it all with my family and me! Paul always tried to take care of me, He left me a larger family! Love you, Love You, LOVE YOU!

Eleanor S. Bass, Mar 19 2022 7:45 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Paul Bass

Eleanor Bass Mar 19 2022 7:04 AM

I have two adult children who were blessed by Mr. Bass's interest in their lives. The years at MLK flew by, but Mr. Bass will be in their hearts forever.

Rita Hardeman Mar 6 2022 3:48 PM

Eleanor this is Robert Ridley. I didn't know that Paul had passed until I read it in my Sunday morning paper 2/27/22. Although I haven't seen or spoken to you all in years I will always consider Paul a true and loyal friend. His kindness, humor and radiant smile will be sorely missed. Although short in stature, the North Nashville community has lost a giant of a man.
My deepest condolences
Robert Ridley

Robert Ridly Mar 2 2022 12:14 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Paul Bass

Parker Wellington Feb 27 2022 5:46 PM

Thank you Mr. Bass for a job well done. Although you may not have any blood children but the Lord sure Blessed you with a village of children one in particular my son. Thank you for mentoring him and taking time to encourage him. It's amazing how you saw things in him that I also saw and tried to make him see. You were able to get through. Especially when he lost his father at the age of 13yrs old. I told you I appreciate you then and always. You sure did receive your flowers here on earth by being a father to so many boys and girls. We need soooo many teachers like you. I know our Heavenly Father has said well done thy good and faithful servant. Until we meet again. You will be truly missed. I pray your family know what a gem they were blessed with.

Angela Jones Feb 26 2022 2:03 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Paul Bass

Jones Angela Feb 26 2022 1:54 PM

This is a lovely video tribute to my Brother Paul. I wish someone would correct the spelling of his middle name. His middle name is ELTON; not Eaton.

Michael Saahir Feb 24 2022 10:37 PM

Thankful to have been given the opportunity to learn from such an amazing man, he will be missed greatly

Nazyr Whyte Feb 24 2022 9:39 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Paul Bass

Donna Gilley Feb 24 2022 8:23 PM

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