Charlie Ben Basford

Born in Clarksville, Tennessee on April 10, 1938

Departed on February 11, 2020 and resided in Nashville, Tennessee

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Charlie Ben Basford, Jr (81) of Nashville, TN passed away on February 11, 2020. Funeral services will be held at Harpeth Hills Funeral Home.
Charlie was born on April 10, 1938 to Cora and Charlie Ben Basford, Sr. in Clarksville, TN. He graduated from Austin Peay State University with a Bachelors in Math and Industrial Arts and graduated from University of Tennessee with a Masters in Education. Charlie taught industrial arts for 2 years at Franklin High School and 35 years teaching industrial arts at Metro-Davidson Junior and High Schools. Charlie also taught GED math at the Tennessee Correction Facility.
Charlie was a master at many trades including gardening, jewelry making, wood working, wood turning and wood carving. He was either in his shop, fishing, out in the garden, at the local hardware store or volunteering his time to the surrounding communities. Charlie earned his title as Master Wood Turner and dedicated his time to the Dickson County Wood Turners Association.
Charlie is survived by his wife of 50 years, Kathleen; his two daughters, Kara (Godineaux) and Stephanie; son in law, Santos (Godineaux); and his two grandchildren, Darian and Cora.
Visitation will be Friday, Feb. 21, 4:00-7:00 pm, and Saturday, 12:00-1:00; Funeral Service, 1:00; all at Harpeth Hills Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

15 Comments to Charlie Ben Basford

  1. Linda Gilbert
    February 14, 2020 3:01 pm

    So sorry to hear of Bens passing. Everyone at Avion Palms will miss him.

  2. Sue Holland
    February 14, 2020 3:40 pm

    He was my 8th grade math teacher and a very kind, caring faculty member at Howard School. I prayer for the repose of his soul and for his family’s comfort in their loss. Sue Bobbitt Holland

  3. Art,& Bev Hamm
    February 14, 2020 8:59 pm

    Our sympathy to Ben’s wife & family.
    From Former Avion Palms residents., at home in Iowa now.
    Art & Bev Hamm

  4. Linda and Doug Lawson
    February 14, 2020 9:13 pm

    So sorry to hear this. Charlie was a real asset to Avion Palms in Florida. He was a great mentor to many men here especially my husband, Doug. He taught him so much in the Wood shop here.

  5. Maria Steinhauer
    February 15, 2020 12:09 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about his passing. Mr Basford was my woodshop teacher at Overton High. I remember 5 of the projects we did, and 20 years later, I still have 3 of them— a leather keychain, wooden tic tac toe board, and a wooden triangle peg game. He taught us to keep the carving blade facing away from us, so we wouldn’t cut our hands.
    I remember him being tough on us, but he knew how to keep us on task. He was a great teacher and I’ll never forget him. Praying for peace and comfort for your family during this time.

  6. Frank and Jackie Chapin (Avion Palms)
    February 16, 2020 7:39 pm

    My husband, Frank and I send our deepest sympathy to you, Kathleen. Frank enjoyed many hours talking with Ben and has commented several times that he missed him. We’re so sorry for your loss. We pray for peace and comfort for you and your family.

  7. Joanne Stack Hawkins
    February 17, 2020 1:12 pm

    I read his obituary in the Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle. I think this is Little Ben. My mother was a Basford married a Stack. I remember her talking about Big Ben and Little Ben and you lived in Nashville. My great uncle John Stack married Cora Basford. I’m sure she is part of your the same Basford family. My deepest sympathy go out to his family and friends.

  8. Brent High
    February 18, 2020 8:47 pm

    The grandfather clock I made in Mr. Basford’s class at McMurray still hangs at my parents’ house and is still ticking away. Fond memories of making a gumball machine and doing carving with an exacto knife. Pitied the poor saps who rocked their stools and had to do “500 words” write-offs out of the dictionary. They don’t make ’em like Mr. Basford anymore. A true one-of-a-kind legend. He will be missed!

  9. Laurie Hutto Tarpley
    February 19, 2020 8:38 pm

    Mr. Basford was one of my favorite teachers. Every student knew not to mess around in his class and that he was tough, but we also knew we could go to him about anything. Only find memories of him! Praying for you all.

  10. Bobby Griggs
    February 19, 2020 8:53 pm

    Loved Mr. Basford. One of my most memorable teachers. I still have the gum all machine and the carving i did in his class at McMurray. I’ll never get rid of those pieces because they mean so much to me. He was one of a kind. The world needs more Mr. Basfords. I pray for peace and love for his family during this season!

  11. Rick Brooks
    February 21, 2020 11:20 am

    Mr. Basford kept that Three Musketeers bar on his desk to test his students integrity at West End Junior High. One day someone took that candy bar and it was all over school! So to say the least no shop work was done that day and EVERYONE was upset with whoever took his candy bar.
    His expectations were high for both our projects; as I too had to redo things more than once; and he was even more critical of JUST THE PRINTING on our mechanical drawings. In the end I’m certain there are many a Metro students who still treasure those projects…and PLEASE don’t touch that Three Musketeers bar!?

  12. Dan R. Alexander
    February 21, 2020 1:44 pm

    Was this the Charlie Basford that taught Shop at Howard High School 1964-65? Anyone know

  13. Sarah Wilkins
    February 21, 2020 10:48 pm

    Kathleen. Kara and Stephanie,

    So sorry to hear of Ben’s passing. It has been a few years since we have talked to you all. My uncle Robert Major, called to tell me Ben’s death. Just know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

    Sarah Major Wilkins
    (Henry Major’s daughter)

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