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Joseph Robert “Joe Bob” Basham, 89
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Mr. Joseph Robert “Joe Bob” Basham, 89, of Viola died Saturday, Sept. 11.  

He was born Nov. 9, 1931, in Viola, was a farmer and nurseryman, and a member of the church of Christ. Joe Bob had served as a vice president of the Warren County A&L Fair Board in charge of entertainment for years, was a board member of West Warren Water District, a member of the Viola Fire Department, was a deputy sherriff, and appraiser for the Tax Assessor’s office, worked for Ford Motor Co. in Chicago for a few years, was one of the creators of The On the Road Show, and was a member of a high school band with Dottie West and Joe Kuhn.

Mr. Basham is survived by his wife of 69 years Dorothy Jean Haston Basham, sons Jerry Basham (Brenda Smith), Jimmy (Jennifer) Basham, Rickey Basham (Jennie Sydenstricker), and Steve Basham, brother Benton Basham, grandchildren Stacey (Steven) Elam, Montgomery (Niki) Basham, Will (Breanna) Basham, Christopher Basham, and Anisa Basham, and great-grandchildren Ava Elam, Maverick Basham, and Avery Kate Basham, special friend James Taylor III, and longtime close friend Joe Kuhn. He was preceded in death by his parents Robert Lee and Stacy May Thaxton Basham, sister Annie Jane Basham, and brothers Frank Basham and Raymond Basham

Graveside service and interment is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at Mt. Zion Cemetery. Tommy Thaxton will officiate. The Basham family will receive friends Friday from 4 to 8 p.m., and again Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at McMinnville Funeral Home. Memorial donations may be made to Meals on Wheels in Joe Bob’s memory. Online condolences may be made at

McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Southern Standard

(McMinnville, Tenn.) Sept. 15, 2021