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Samuel Morris Bass

November 4, 1924 — August 15, 2019

Samuel Morris Bass

Samuel Morris Bass, Born November 4, 1924, went to be with his Lord on August 15, 2019. He was born in Kannapolis, NC to Rosella Bass Clark, and Walter Bass.

He was preceded in death by his wife Ercel Bennett Bass:  parents, three sisters:  Selena McGirt, Dorothy Foutz, and Adelaide Bass, and three brothers:  Calvin Bass, Joseph Bass, and Thad Bass.

He joined the U.S. Navy in February 1942 through December 1945.  A Gunners'  Mate on Mate on Merchant Marine ships in World War II, he traveled from the Arctic to the Antarctic, Atlantic to the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Red Sea to the Indian Ocean.

After the Navy, Sam went to Printers School in Nashville,  Tennessee, became a Master Printer, and worked for several North Carolina newspapers.  He spent 27 years at the Fayetteville Observer as an Add Compositor.  Sam is survived by two daughters:  Deborah B. Foster, and Kim B. McClanahan both of Fayetteville, NC.  He has 13 nieces and nephews. 

Sam and his family were Charter Members of Village Baptist Church.  He offered his home for the first Sunday service in October, 1962.  He served as a Deacon many years.  He believed in God and praised Him all of his life.  As a member of Station #6 Volunteer Fire Department, he served as Assistant Fire Chief. 

He was a member of Phoenix #8 Masonic Lodge for 60 years.  His hobbies were numerous.  He enjoyed reading, working on stained glass, working in his shop, sewing on canvas, dancing, fishing, and camping.

Services will he held on Sunday, August 25, 2019, at 3:00 pm., at Village Baptist Church, 906 S. McPherson Church Rd. Visitation between 2 pm and 3 pm.

In lieu of flowers send donations for missions’ purchase of Bibles to Village Baptist Church.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Services are entrusted to Sullivan’s Highland Funeral Service & Crematory, of Fayetteville, NC.

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