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Bassham celebrates 100th birthday
ARLINGTON So many people have asked me what advice Id give, because of my age, said Warren Bassham, who turned 100 years old Oct. 5. I guess Id just say to love one another. Ive reached the age where Im at peace with the Lord and mankind.
Although hes currently on a leave of absence, Bassham has been a familiar sight to patrons of the Marysville Goodwill for the past five years, where he managed the mens clothing department. This volunteer stint capped off a career which included ownership of several businesses, from the South to the Pacific Northwest.
I went in for a job on Friday and was told to come back Monday morning, Bassham said. I wasnt sure if my hearing problems might affect it, but because Id run my own businesses, I was hired.
Bassham, who was born in Arkansas, ran businesses ranging from gas and oil to locksmithing, and even became a piano technician along the way.
Everything I learned helped me move on up to the next level, Bassham said. At my age, youd have to be pretty dense not to have picked up some skills.
Bassham credits his longevity to his enduring love of work and his longstanding religious faith. A Christian since he moved away from home at 19, he considers the church his second family and feels a need to stay busy and productive.
I dont work hard out of necessity, Bassham said. I like accomplishing things and finding creative ways to do my job better. Im always thinking, because if youre not, then youre not progressing.
Basshams two children treated him to birthday meals on Oct. 5 and 6, as well as a birthday party at Regency Care Center in Arlington Oct. 7, while his boss at Goodwill has told him that his job is waiting for him when he chooses to return. In the meantime, he continues to improve himself.
Ive always studied the things I own, so that I know what they are and how I should use them, Bassham said. A lot of people look at things without seeing them, but I see them.