Timothy Brian "Tim" Bass, son of Samuel Truman (1925-2014) and Jane Ophelia (Harris) (1925-2007) Bass, was born 17 August 1955, Lansing, Ingham County, Michigan. He graduated in 1973 from Okemos High School and went on to further his education at Harding University, Searcy, White County, Arkansas. While at OHS Tim, at 6'6", played basketball and football.
Tim was a husband, father, teacher, counselor and mentor to many. He succumbed to cancer 20 September 2007, Salisbury, Wicomico County, Maryland. Tim was interred Parsons Cemetery, Salisbury. On his tombstone is engraved the Bible verse from Isaiah 40:31, "Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint."
Lansing State Journal, March 18, 1972
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The Daily Times (Salisbury, Maryland) Sunday 23 September 2007
TIMOTHY BRIAN BASS
Salisbury - Timothy Brian Bass, 52, of Salisbury went home to be with the Lord Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007. He was at home surrounded by his living devoted wife, Anne Maria, and his two beloved sons, Brian Samuel Bass and Stephen Paul Bass, his caring mother-in-law Virginia A. Wright, and dear family friends.
Tim, the beloved son of Samuel and Jane Bass of Michigan, fought a courageous battle with cancer. When he learned the cancer was incurable, he said he would just spend what time he had left working for the Lord, and he did just that. He was known for his love of people of all ages, races, economic status, and his ability to warm their hearts with his big hugs and laughter.
Tim is also survived by other loving family members, his sister, Cheryl Frost, and her husband, Mark, of Michigan; his sister, Teresa Bass of California; his nephew Alan Frost , and his wife, Sheila, of Illinois; and his niece, Caren George, and her husband Jason, and their daughter, Maizie of Texas.
Born in Lansing, Mich., in 1955, Tim graduated from Okemos High School where he starred in football and basketball. He was awarded a full scholarship to attend Harding University, majoring in Bible and science, later obtaining a master's degree in education administration. He spent his career in the field of education where he served as principal, vice principal, and teacher in schools in Michigan, Virginia, and Maryland. He served 14 years in Wicomico County schools, with his most recent position being a science teacher at Mardela High School. He was also co-owner with his wife of Counseling Associates, a group counseling practice with offices in Salisbury and Berlin. Owning this business fulfilled a lifelong dream that Tim and his wife shared to have their own business and to pool their talents together to serve the community.
Known as the "gentle giant," Tim served as an Elder at Community Christian Church in Salisbury, made two mission trips to India to serve at a charity hospital and often filled in as a preacher at numerous churches. He had an outstanding bass voice and was known for breaking out in joyous song almost anywhere. He enjoyed working with and building computers, boating, playing games (especially with his sons), and mentoring and encouraging young people whenever given the opportunity. He took great joy in "adopting" several families that he loved just as his family members by birth.
Tim would want his church family, friends, relatives and neighbors to know how much he appreciated their love, prayers and support during his battle with cancer. He never wavered in his devotion to the Lord and remained strong and uncomplaining despite his pain. He asked that we not remain sorrowful but celebrate his moving on to his reward.
A celebration of his remarkable life will be held at Community Christian Church on Culver Road off Nanticoke Road in Salisbury at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Visitation will be held Monday at Holloway Funeral Home from 7 to 9 p.m.