Danny Bass, Funeral Director/ Embalmer/ Insurance Agent
Danny is a Licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer, Insurance Agent, Preneed Sales Agent, and serves as Owner of our Firm. Danny Married the late Annette Manning of Lancaster and they have two children; Megan Bass, and Kurt (Christina) Bass. Annette was the daughter of Nell Manning of Lancaster and the Late Fred Manning. Danny is the son of the Late Oleda Gwaltney Bass Hill of Gordonsville and the Late Paul B. Bass. Danny Graduated Gordonsville High School in 1976 and Received an Associates Degree in Mortuary Sciences from John A. Gupton College in 1978. Danny and Annette attend Pleasant Grove Fellowship in the Gentry Community. Danny has been very active in several organizations as he is Past President for the Smith County Chamber of Commerce, Past President of the Upper Cumberland Funeral Directors Association and Past Director for the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association. Danny has been active in Funeral Service since the age of 12 and received his EMT License and Apprentice Funeral Directors License at the age of 16. Danny enjoys spending time with his grandchildren; Katherine and Benjamin.
Kurt D. Bass, Funeral Director/ Apprentice Embalmer
Kurt Bass is a Licensed Funeral Director, TN Licensed Insurance Agent, and Apprentice Embalmer with our Firm and the fifth generation to work in the funeral business. Kurt has two children; Katherine Annette Bass and Benjamin James Daniel Bass. Kurt is the son of Danny and the late Annette Bass of Lancaster. Kurt graduated from Gordonsville High School in 2010. He attended University of Tennessee - Knoxville in 2010 and 2011 and graduated from Tennessee Tech University in 2016 with a degree in Accounting. Kurt attends Carthage United Methodist Church where he is involved in the choir and the Board of Trustees. Kurt also serves on the Board of Directors at DTC for the Temperance Hall Exchange and on the Wilson Bank & Trust Community Board. Kurt enjoys playing music and running - having participated in one marathon, several half marathons, numerous 5Ks, and overnight relay races.
Dennis Croslin, Funeral Assistant
Dennis is a 1999 graduate of Gordonsville High School and a 2015 graduate of Volunteer State Community College. He has been pastor of Union Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church in the Sykes Community since May of 2013.
Dennis and his Wife, Melinda, reside in Gordonsville and are parents to eight children: Chris (Shelby) Fuson, Shane (Raven) Fuson, Quentin Fuson, and Levi, Bart, Hank, Sarah, and Savannah Croslin. They are also grandparents to Carson and Evie Fuson.
Dennis is the son of Gary "PeeWee" Croslin and Marie Wills Croslin.
Dennis enjoys running, studying his Bible, participating in the church activities, and spending time with his kids.
Billy Bass, Funeral Director/Insurance Agent
Billy is married to the former Amanda Holliman of Defeated and they reside in Tanglewood. Billy has 3 children, Zach, Jacob, and Sydney.
James L. Bass, Funeral Director
James is the oldest active licensed funeral director in the State of Tennessee. He married the late Erma Armistead Bass of New Middleton, and resides in Carthage. They have three children, David Bass, Jane Bass Turner, and John Bass, who is deceased.
James Robert Bass, Funeral Director/ Embalmer/ Insurance Agent
James Robert is a Licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer, and Insurance Agent. He is a 1960 graduate of John A. Gupton College. He is married to the former Cora Goad of Russell Hill and they reside in Gordonsville.
Zachary Fuson, Funeral Director / Insurance Agent
Zach has been with our firm since May of 2016 and is a licensed Funeral Director & Insurance Agent. He serves as Funeral Director for Avant Funeral Home. He graduated from DeKalb County High School in 2006 & from Tennessee Tech. University in 2010 with a degree in Animal Science. Zach currently serves as Vice President of the Upper Cumberland Funeral Directors Association & is a member of the Indian Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Smithville. Zachary & his wife Leigh have one son, Landon Roy Fuson and they live in Alexandria.
James T. Gibbs, Funeral Assistant
James Thomas Gibbs is married to the former Brenda Armistead and they reside in South Carthage. He is the pastor of the Jared Missionary Baptist Church. They have one son, Thomas Allen Gibbs, and 1 Granddaughter, Jessica Dillehay. Bro. James enjoys farming and spending time with his Great-Grandson, Jackson.
Sarah Beasley Tinsley, Funeral Assistant
Mrs. Sarah is a funeral assistant with our firm. She has been with us since January of 2017. Mrs. Sarah is married to Harvey Tinsley. Originally from Dixon Springs, Mrs. Sarah taught Kidergarten for 22 years and then 2nd Grade until her retirement, all in the Smith County School System.
Mrs. Sarah and Harvey have two children, Reid (Sarah) Tinsley of Nashville, TN and Erin Tinsley of Soddy Daisy.
Mrs. Sarah enjoys pet sitting, the beach, Cade's Cove, and stays very active in her retirement.
She attends the Carthage United Methodist Church, where she is involved in Women's Bible Study and the Prayer Shawl Ministry.