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William "Sam" Bass

September 14, 1937 November 30, 2019
William "Sam" Bass
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Obituary for William "Sam" Bass

William Roland "Sam" Bass, Jr., 82, of Paragould, passed away Saturday at NEA Baptist Hospital. He is the son of the late William and Sarah Crawford-Bass. He was a member of New Liberty Baptist Church and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening in his free time. He is also preceded in death by his first wife, Nancy L. Fahr-Bass; brother, John Wesley Bass; and sisters, Ila Hudson and Willie Mae Dooley.

Survivors include his children, Keith Bass, of Alexander, Arkansas, Vickie (Clay) Blackwell, of Little Rock, Arkansas, Kenn Bass, of Conway, Arkansas, and Spring Bass, of Italy; grandchildren, Dierna Koone, of Little Rock, Arkansas, Rachel Prater, of Little Rock, Arkansas, Nicole Holbrook, of Houston, Arkansas, Courtney Bass, of Conway, Arkansas, Zachary Bass, of Conway, Arkansas, Blake Bass, of Little Rock, Arkansas, Maverick Davidson, of Millington, Tennessee, and Faith Davidson, of Memphis, Tenessee; eight great grandchildren; sisters, Edna Doss, of Columbus, Mississippi, Shirley Crouch-Black, of Marmaduke, Arkansas, and Esther Marie Hastings, of Gurdon, Arkansas; and wife, Rita Bass.

Visitation will be Monday night from 6:00-8:00 pm at Heath Funeral Home. Funeral service will begin at 10:00 am Tuesday at New Liberty Baptist Church with Rev. Bob Ivy and Rev. Kim Bridges officiating. Burial will follow at New Liberty Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Sam King, David Hensley, Daniel Hensley, Raymond Huffman, Blake Bass, and Brad Whitaker. Send memorials to Arkansas T.B.I Institute or American Cancer Society.

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6:00 PM 12/2/2019 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 12/2/2019 8:00:00 PM
Heath Funeral Home

321 W. Garland St.
Paragould, AR 72450

Heath Funeral Home
321 W. Garland St. Paragould 72450 AR
United States

Funeral Service




10:00 AM 12/3/2019 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 12/3/2019 11:00:00 AM
New Liberty Baptist Church

1799 Greene 515 Road
Marmaduke, Arkansas 72443

New Liberty Baptist Church
1799 Greene 515 Road Marmaduke 72443 Arkansas
United States

Cemetery Details


New Liberty Cemetery Final Resting Place

between Hailday and Marmaduke
Marmaduke, AR 72443

between Hailday and Marmaduke Marmaduke 72443 AR
United States

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