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Obit – Nathaniel Adam Bastian II

Nathaniel Adam Bastian II, age 96 of Doyle, TN, passed away on December 12, 2023. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Ward Goddard Bastian, parents, Nathaniel Adam Bastian I and Mary Haynie Bastian. Along with his older brother, Colonel Haynie Bastian and sister-in-law, Mary Louise Bastian, youngest brother, Marvin Bastian, and son-in-law, Wade Null.

He is survived by his three children, Ward Bastian (Rick) of Knoxville, TN; Mary Beth Null (widow of Wade) of Quebeck, TN; Nathaniel Adam Bastian III (Missy) of Wartburg, TN. Nate also leaves behind four grandchildren, Brandon and Natally Null along with Mary Helen and Sarah Beth Bastian. Other family members include sister-in-law, Mary Ella Bastian of Franklin, TN, along with many many nieces and nephews.

Nate was a long time member at First Baptist Church Sparta, UT Alumni, and Sigma Phi Epsilon national fraternity. He graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Master’s degree in Agriculture after serving in World War II. Nate was an accomplished and well-known FFA instructor of Smith and White County. Nate and Jean lived on her family farm (Goddard Mountain) that had been in her family for over 130 years. Admired and loved by many, he was a true southern gentleman of grace and dignity.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday, December 22, 2023, at First Baptist Church Sparta with Brad Walker officiating. Burial with full military honors provided by the Veterans Honor Guard will follow in Anderson Cemetery in Doyle, TN. The family will welcome friends on Friday from 10:30 AM until time of service at the church.

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