Coach Maxwell Lamar Bass, 85, of Newnan, passed away Saturday, January 22, 2022, at home, peacefully in his sleep.
He was born February 24, 1936 in Opp, AL to the late Luther and Callie Bass. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers Loyal and Bobby.
Max grew up in Opp playing football, basketball, baseball and any other sport with a ball. His senior year in high school he was voted Mr. Opp High. He attended Gulf Coast Junior College and later Jacksonville State University where he earned his degree in Physical Education and History. He later attended the University of Southern Mississippi where he earned a master’s degree in athletic administration.
Max met his wife Nancy at JSU. He was playing football and she was a marching ballerina with the Marching Southerners. It was love at first sight, almost. They were married in 1959 and enjoyed 62 years together.
Max’s first head coaching job was at The Bolles School in Jacksonville, FL, which is where Max and Nancy’s son, Vince, was born. The 3 moved to Newnan in 1966 and soon added daughter, Beth to the family.
Coach Bass was the Head Coach and Athletic Director at Newnan High School for 29 years. He was also very active in the community as a member of the Joshua Sunday School class and greeter at First Baptist Church. He was a member of the Optimist Club and tried hard to live by the Optimist Creed. He was co-founder of the Georgia chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the 1st president of the Georgia Athletic Association.
After his retirement in 1995, the newly built Newnan High Athletic Complex was name for him. He received the Georgia Athletics Directors Association Dwight Keith Award in 2000; was inducted into the Coweta County Sports Hall of Fame in 2003 and the GADA Hall of Fame in 2020.
His pastimes were fishing, gardening and just being outdoors. His loved his family, watching and talking football and bringing up politics for “lively discussion.”
But above all Coach Max Bass found his greatest mission in the development and love for all the students and young people he either coached or encouraged. He passionately wanted everyone to be the best person they could be and rise above their situation and life challenges. He was an “influencer” of his time.
The funeral is Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 11:00am at First Baptist Church, 15 West Washington St. with Reverend Eric Walton officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Newnan. Visitation is Tuesday evening, January 25th from 5 – 7pm at First Baptist Church in Newnan. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to the Georgia Chapter of FCA, NSH Athletic Department, or First Baptist Church of Newnan.
Condolences can be expressed online at www.mckoon.com. “Max Bass” stories can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Survivors include, Wife, Nancy, Son Vince (Laura) Bass, Daughter Beth (Eric) Walton of Newnan; unofficially adopted son Bobby Duffy; Sister, Pat Wood of Opp, Al; grandchildren Tripp Brown, Courtney Walton, Jon Walton, Callie Bass, Lauren Walton, Jessica Brown and Wallace Bass, all of Newnan; Sister-in-Law, Earline Bass of Ft. Walton Beach FL; nieces & nephew, Clay Bass, Wendy Jeffries, Chris Bass, Abbey Danford, Ashley Hall & Hunter Wood. Cousin Paul (Judy) Bass and their children Allison and Paul (Karen) Bass.
McKoon Funeral Home & Crematory (770) 253-4580