11/3/12 — Olan Bassham

Mr. Olan Bassham, age 93, and a resident of Jewell Drive in Columbia, Tennessee passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at Maury Regional Medical Center.

Funeral Services for Mr. Bassham will be conducted on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 1:00 PM in the chapel of Heritage Funeral Home with James Heatherly and Danny Douglas officiating.

Interment will follow in the Polk Memorial Gardens.

The family will visit with friends on Friday, November 2, 2012 from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM and then again on Saturday from 12:00 PM until the service hour at Heritage Funeral Home.  .

A native of Maury County, he was the son of the late Walter Hazel and Mary Davis Bassham.

He was a member of the Highland Church of Christ. He and his wife, Frances, were married for over 70 years at the time of her passing. During most of that time, he was a minister, serving churches of Christ. In addition to Jeffersonville, Indiana, he served churches in Columbia, Manchester, Sparta, Nashville, Covington and Midway, Tennessee. During his lifetime, he also had a love and passion for music and wrote and sang with different artists in the music industry. He was a devoted and loving husband and father to his family. He was also loved and respected by all who were fortunate enough to have known him. Outgoing, compassionate, giving and devoted to all who knew him, he was one of whom it could be said, “We will not see his kind again in our lifetime.” Now he has moved home to be with his wife and his Lord.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory two children: Terry Bassham of Somerville, TN and Dawn (Emory) Vankirk of Wichita (Derby), KS; two grandchildren: Lisa Demike of St. Paul, MN and Taylor Bassham of Manchester, TN; and three great grandchildren: Hunter, Jake, and Caroline Nickoloff all of St. Paul, MN.

In addition to his parents and his wife, Frances, he was preceded in death by a brother: W. H. Bassham, and a sister: Laura Skillern.

Heritage Funeral Home, Columbia, Tn  is assisting the family and in charge of the arrangements