Staff

Our dedicated staff are here to provide support, compassion, and information to help you through your journey of grief and the celebration of your loved one’s life.

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Barry Miller, Sr. Manager
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Cordell Austin Assistant Manager
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Lisa Ballard Office Manager
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Tommy High Funeral Director

Bass-Smith Funeral Home & Crematory

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Rosemary Bass Young President
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Molly Bass
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Chris Rollins Funeral Director
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Ronald Earley Funeral Director
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Natasha Kabar Funeral Director
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Katie Bass Scheide Licensed Funeral Director
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Mitch Sigmon Licensed Funeral Director/General Manager
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Rodney Cook Licensed Funeral Director/Crematory Manager
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Wesley Sluder Funeral Director
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Dana Wilson Gentry Pre-need Specialist

Rosemary Bass Young

President
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Became President of Bass-Smith after the death of her husband, William E. "Jack" Bass, Jr., She is a 1965 graduate of Lenoir Rhyne College and has been a licensed funeral director since 1989.

Molly Bass

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Daughter of Rosemary and Jack Bass. She has been doing community outreach for the firm since 1996. She is a 1990 graduate of Davidson College and received her masters of Fine Arts from UCLA in 1994.

Chris Rollins

Funeral Director
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A South Carolina native, Chris is a graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science with a full-service degree in funeral service. He joined Bass-Smith in 1999 and has 32 years experience in the funeral industry. 

Ronald Earley

Funeral Director
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Graduated form Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1965 with a full-service degree in funeral services. Ron is the patriarch of Bass-Smith with 59 years experience in funeral industry.

Natasha Kabar

Funeral Director
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A California native, Natasha has been a full-service licensee since 2005 and is our newest employee and specializes in restorative arts. She has worked in the funeral industry for 15 years.

Katie Bass Scheide

Licensed Funeral Director
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Katie is the daughter of Rosemary and Jack Bass. Joined the firm in 1991 and has been a licensed funeral director for 17 years and is heavily involved in pre-need sales. Katie is a 1988 graduate of Wofford College. 

Mitch Sigmon

Licensed Funeral Director/General Manager
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Has served as Bass-Smith's general manager for 15 years. He has been a licensed funeral director since 2007. Mitch is a 1993 graduate of Western Carolina University.

Rodney Cook

Licensed Funeral Director/Crematory Manager
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Began working at Bass-Smith as a teenager and then made it his career. He has been with the firm for 34 years and serves as a licensed funeral director as well as crematory manager.

Wesley Sluder

Funeral Director
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A Caldwell County native, he began working at the Bass-Smith Granite location in 2007. He is now based in Hickory and has his full service funeral directors license. Wesley brings 14 years experience to the firm.

Dana Wilson Gentry

Pre-need Specialist
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Dana has been Bass-Smith's pre-need specialist since 2006. She is a licensed funeral director and licensed insurance agent. She brings 19 years experience in pre-need sales.

Barry Miller, Sr.

Manager
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Born and raised in Caldwell Co., Barry is the Manager of our Granite Falls location. He is a graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science and has over 38 years experience as a full service licensee. 

Cordell Austin

Assistant Manager
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A Caldwell Co. native, Cordell is the assistant manager of our Granite Falls location. He has been a full service licensee since 2005 and brings 15 years experience to our firm. 

Lisa Ballard

Office Manager
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Office Manager of our Granite Falls location. Lisa has been in funeral industry for 19 years and with Bass-Smith 2007.

Tommy High

Funeral Director
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A native of Granite Falls, Tommy is a graduate of the Kentucky School of Mortuary Science. He has been in funeral service for over 56 years.