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Mona Bass

May 16, 1934 ~ February 20, 2021 (age 86)

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Mona Bass, age 86, of Oliver Springs gained her sweet angel wings, February 20, 2021 at her daughters home in Crossville surrounded by her children and family, after battling dementia for several years.

 Mona was born on May 16, 1934 to Lum and Florence Duncan Massengill in Petros, Tennessee. 

 Mona met George Bass, the love of her life at Mineral Springs Baptist Church.  He affectionately nicknamed her “Dob”.  They dated, to be exact, “5 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days”, before they married on September 4, 1955 in Dalton Ga.  The wedding was planned later, but that day they took his parents to Dalton and he said, “Dob, lets go get married”, she thought it was a joke but it happened.  No one at home knew it for 2 days.

 Mona joins her precious husband of 41 years, George W. Bass, her parents:  Lum and Florence Duncan Massengill, in laws:  John and Elsie Bailey Bass, brothers:  Ray Massengill, G.B. Massengill, David Massengill and Steve Massengill.  A sister:  Carrie Lou Massengill, brother in laws:  Franklin Borum, Charles Noe, Rev. John Hagen, Rev. Hayes Bass (Ozie), Rev. Bill Bass (Lois) and Warren Bass (Ruby); sister in law:  Lois Massengill and best friend Jean Presley and Martha “Nanny” Vandergriff.

 Mona is survived by her children:  Kathie (Tony) Vandergriff of Crossville, G. W. (Bonnie) Bass and Randy (Jennifer) Bass of Oliver Springs.  Sisters:  Sue Noe, Thelma (Joe) Hileman of Clinton, Peggy (Tommy) Justice and Brenda Hagen of Kingston, sister in law:  Myra Massengill of Clinton.

 Grandchildren:  Jason Bass Van Norsstran (Ashley), Derick and Darin Vandergriff, Amy (Ross) Stephens, Derek Anthony Vandergriff, “Shelby” Alex Bass, Lauren Bass, Derek Tyler Vanover, Diana (Greg) Burney, Tonya Glandon, Chris Glandon.

 Great Grandchildren:  (to whom she was known as granny, granny nunu, or granny greenbean.)  Savanah Van Norstran Wilkes, Leeanna Van Norstran, Audrey, Kendall Joy and Cannon Van Norstran, Blake Stephens, Tobias Stephens, Garrett Vandergriff, Chase Vandergriff, Wyatt Snyder, Aubree Vandergriff, Brook and Derrick Kelly, Travis and Morgan Burney.  She is also survived by her life long friend that she loved:  Verda Robbins and Robbie Parker.

 Mona was a member of Kellytown Baptist Church where she attended for many years until her health started declining.  After moving to Crossville, she attended Faith Baptist Church with Kathie and Tony when health permitted.

 She worked for many years as a floral designer at Oliver Springs Flower and Gardens.  She then went to work at Kmart in Oak Ridge and met a great group of women that stayed friends even after retirement.  Mona was also a member of the order of eastern star where she held many different offices.

 Our family would like to thank Avalon hospice for their care and loving kindness to our mom.  Also, we would like to thank At Homecare for all your care and for helping take care of mom.  Jessica was a God send and mom grew to love her in a short time and so did we.  Also Alicia was so appreciated.

 The family will receive friends, Tuesday, February 23, 2021 between the hours of 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm at Premier Sharp Funeral Home in Oliver Springs.  The funeral will follow at 7:00 pm in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Matt Reed, Pastor Robbie Leach, and Pastor Jonathan England officiating.  Burial and graveside services will be held, Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at Anderson Memorial Gardens.  Premier Sharp Funeral Home is proudly serving the Bass family and we invite you to share a message of condolence to the family at

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February 23, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Premier Sharp Funeral Home
209 Roane Street
Oliver Springs, TN 37840

Funeral Service
February 23, 2021

7:00 PM
Premier Sharp Funeral Home
209 Roane Street
Oliver Springs, TN 37840

Graveside Service
February 24, 2021

11:00 AM
Anderson Memorial Gardens, Clinton, TN

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