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10/11/2021 6:47:00 PM
Willie "WJ" James Bass Jr.
December 29, 1945 - October 10, 2021

SHERRILLS FORD, N.C. - Willie “WJ” James Bass Jr., 75, of Sherrills Ford passed away on Sunday, October 10, 2021 at Carolina Caring in Sherrills Ford.

He was born December 29, 1945 in Catawba County to the late Willie James Bass Sr. and Nannie Lee Stevens Bass. Willie retired from the furniture industry.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Kay Jarman, Myrta Sherrill, Revonda Hallman and Iva Perkins.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 55 years Frances Huffman Bass of the home; son Dr. Tracy James Bass of Kansas City, Missouri; daughter Jennifer Bass Elrod and husband Phil of Newton; sisters Patsy Carriker of Monroe, Jean Heafner of Midland; grandchildren Arabella Marie Elrod, Joseph “Phillip” Elrod III, and Alexis Victoria Elrod.

A service to celebrate Willie’s life will be held on Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 3 p.m. at Balls Creek Campground in Catawba. Rev. Raymond Hamrick and Rev. Don Farris will officiate. A private burial will follow. Willie’s body will lie in state prior to the service from 1-2:45 p.m. at Balls Creek Campground. The family will not be present during the lie-in-state.

As a way to continue supporting his firefighters, the family asks in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sherrills Ford Terrell Fire and Rescue Auxiliary, 4011 Slanting Bridge Rd., Sherrills Ford, NC 28673

Condolences may be sent to the Bass family at

Bennett Funeral Service of Newton, N.C. is serving the Bass family.

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