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Br Luther Thornton Basse
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Birth: Mar. 20, 1934
Crittenden County
Arkansas, USA
Death: Oct. 19, 1988
Shelby County
Tennessee, USA

Founder, along with his wife Betty Basse, of Frayser Academy of Christian Education, a private Christian church-school in Memphis, TN. The church and school, which stood at the corner of Watkins and St. Elmo in the neighborhood of Frayser, operated from 1972 through 2011. Frayser Academy saw more than 1,210 students pass through its doors, 168 of them leaving as graduates. Former students of the school can find each other in our Facebook group.

Dedication of the 1973-1974 Gator, the yearbook of Frayser Academy of Christian Education

Bro. Basse started Frayser Academy of Christian Education to bring back the right kind of education to young people. He graduated from Bob Jones University with a Bachelor of Science. We THANK YOU for all you have done.

Dedication of the 1988-1989 Gator

Bro. Luther T. Basse was born March 20, 1934, at Earle, Arkansas, the son of Clyde and Myrtle Basse. At the age of seven, he moved to Memphis, Tennessee, and spent most of his childhood years here.

In 1951, he joined the U.S. Air Force and served in the military four years during the Korean War. It was while he was stationed on the island of Guam that he came to know Jesus Christ as his personal saviour.

From 1955-59, he attended Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C., and was graduated in May of 1959 with a BA degree in Religion. He attended Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, TX, from 1961-64.

While a student, he pastored the Easley Mission in Easley S.C. and taught the Homebuilders Sunday School Class of Scofield Memorial Church in Dallas, Texas.

He pastored the Community Chapel, Lake Charles, Louisiana, from May 1959 to May 1961, and again from January 1965 to October 1967. On November 1, 1967, he became pastor of Frayser Bible Church.

When many church members began to become concerned over their children's education, he was made aware of Accelerated Christian Education by a pastor friend. In April 1972, the church voted to have a school and named it Frayser Academy of Christian Education. Bro. Basse was its administrator and headmaster. For the next seventeen years, he continued to oversee its operations.

As a person, he was a paradox. At times he could be harsh and stern, but many students who found him so on campus were surprised to find a man with tears in his eyes and a very tender heart when they went to him privately.

What did he enjoy? Life. He often said, "You need to learn to enjoy the trip," meaning many folks look forward to special occasions but forget to enjoy each day as it comes. He had some special activities he truly enjoyed: reading, opening the mail, translating scripture from the original language and search out its meaning, water related activities (swimming and scuba diving), playing games such as chess, Scrabble, checkers, and Upwords, working fill-in puzzles, talking, singing--loud and with heart, and always sitting "on the end of the row."

He loved his family: his wife of 31 years, Betty Eiler Basse, whom he met at B.J.U., and his children, Elizabeth Basse Fitch, Luther Basse Jr., Ruth Mae Basse, and Philip Charles Basse.

The LORD called him to his eternal home on Wednesday, October 19, 1989, at 11:15 p.m. after over eight months of illness.

His funeral service was a memorial to his life--filled with singing and the reading of his favorite scripture. But, a greater memorial to his life are all those young people who sat under his teaching and who are now living what he taught. They are why we laboured here these many years and are his trophies for the LORD.

He was buried "on the end of the row" in the National Cemetery, Memphis, TN, October 24, 1989. We proudly dedicate this annual in the memory of Luther T. Basse.
Family links: 
  Clyde Clifton Basse (1895 - 1971)
  Betty Joann Eiler Basse (1934 - 2016)*
  William Albert Basse (1919 - 1977)*
  Lee Chester Basse (1922 - 2012)*
  Shirley E Basse (1926 - 2009)*
  Luther Thornton Basse (1934 - 1988)
*Calculated relationship
Memphis National Cemetery
Shelby County
Tennessee, USA
Plot: M, 31B
Maintained by: TDavis
Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Offi...
Record added: Mar 04, 2000
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Br Luther Thornton Basse
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