Saturday, May 21, in Nashville, Tenn., was uncommonly cool and breezy, but there was no lack of warmth at the newly christened Candy Bass Travel Center as more than 100 people gathered to salute this 41-year trucking veteran.
Nicknamed “Granny Glitter” by radio personality Marcia Campbell for her love of the twinkly powder, Bass left sparkling pixie dust patches on everyone she hugged. And there was a lot of hugging going on at the event held under a tent behind the travel center building.
“I call all of you my grandchildren!” she declared as she “adopted” someone she’d just met.
OOIDA Life Member “Candy” Bass, center, with family, clockwise from bottom - son-in-lawChristopher Taylor, daughter Anita Taylor, Rachel Davis, wife of grandson Cody Davis who is kneeling.
Homer Hogg, tehcnical development manager for TA & Petro
makes some remarks at the ceremony honoring Candy Bass.
Hogg first met Candy when he was a mechanic at the Nashville TA.
think we belonged out here and wouldn’t take our word for it when we said something was wrong.
The presentation opened with a three-song set by recording artist and Highway Angel Program spokesperson Lindsay Lawler, which included her signature song, “Highway Angel.”
During the presentation, travel center chefs grilled mounds of brats and burgers for the cookout lunch. Also on hand were OOIDA Life Members Buz and Laurie Scutt with their NASCAR simulator.
Among her many charitable and service contributions, “Grandma” Candy has been involved with Trucker Buddy International, sponsored a Special Olympics swimming team, and been active with Truckers United For Charities. In addition, she was inspired to found a charity, “Hats for Heroes,” a program that provides baseball caps to veterans who have head injuries or burns.
Associate Editor Greg Grisolano contributed to this report.