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Former Clemson coach Tom Bass passes away at 78

CLEMSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Former Clemson football coach Tom Bass died Saturday, Dec. 14 at the age of 78.

Clemson's athletic department said he passed away at his home in Clemson.

Bass was born in Moorsville, NC. He graduated from Mooresville High School, Maryville College in Tennessee, Edinburgh Scotland, and the Sports Academy in Mobile, AL.

He began coaching in Sevier County Tennessee for four years, where he had Dolly Parton as a student. He coached for one year at the University of Tennessee and 14 at Clemson University, for five coaches. He served as head coach and athletic director at Seneca High School for 20 years.

Tom loved football, golf and was an avid reader. He was a proud member of the "morning coffee club" where he shared his morning coffee with his many friends.

He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Dee Bass, and the mother of his children, Susan P. Keaton of Abbeville, SC; Stephen (Barbara) Bass of Seneca, Laura Bass of Austin, TX and John (Samantha) Bass of Anderson, SC; step-daughter Dee Anne (Robbie) Shoenleben of Liberty, SC; cherished and beloved grandchildren, Ian Shoenleben, Andrew Bass, Hannah Bass and Harper Bass; brothers-in-law Larry (Barbara) Morgan of Englewood, TN and Jerry Morgan of Madisonville, TN; and a number of aunts and nieces and nephews.

He loved his family and especially his grandchildren. "We love you pawpaw," is their message to him.

Tom was a member of First Baptist Church of Clemson.

Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 19 in the chapel of Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home, 108 Cross Creek Rd., Central, SC. Rev. Harold Olson, Judge Gary Barnes and Coach Jim Hammett will officiate. The "Coffee Club" will serve as Honorary Pallbearers.

Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday prior to the service at the funeral home.

The family will be at their respective homes.

The family wishes to thank their friends for prayers, love, support and help. They want to praise Interim Home Health and Hospice, especially Janet Turner and Paul Bateman, for caring for Bass and his family.

Flowers will be accepted but the family would prefer donations to Interim Hospice, 115 Deacon Tiller Court, Duncan, SC 29344 or to NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Health), 2320 E. North Street, #L, Greenville, SC 29607-1250.

Condolences may be expressed online at or at the funeral home.

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