Obituaries for Thurs., May 14, 2015

Published 5:33 pm Wednesday, May 13, 2015


Paul W. Moore, 80, was born on Sept. 4, 1934, to Oliver and Minnie (Hamilton) Moore in Brantley, and was the youngest of nine children.

He departed this life quietly on May 9, 2015, in Atlanta.



Paul graduated in 1953 from the local Luverne High School and later moved to Niagara Falls, N.Y. He served in the U.S. Army, and held various positions during his work life, including employment with Kimberly Clark, General Motors Corp., Harrison Radiator Division in Lockport, New York, and relocated to Brantley. He retired in 1996.

Paul leaves to cherish his memory two children, Dorothy (Kenneth) Rouse and Larry (Joan) Kemp; one sister, Annie (Ned) Davis; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a special great nephew, Norris Sullivan; and a host of family and friends.

He was preceded by his son, James Marvin Moore; and eight siblings, Callie Moore, Elmira Matthews, James Otis Moore, Mattie Broughton, Lonnie Lee Moore, Walter Ray Moore and Marjorie Knighton.

A private graveside committal service will be at Mulberry Cemetery.


John Thomas Bass Sr. was born in April 1924 near the fork of Five Runs Creek in Covington County. Tommy passed away on Tues., May 5, 2015, at a local hospital.

Tommy was a World War II veteran. He was in the 13th Air Force and drove a dozer, clearing and building air field landing strips for the B47s during the Battle of Morotai, an island in the South Pacific.

In 1945, Tommy married Roberta Howell and moved to Troy to attend Troy University and received his teaching degree in 1949. The family moved to Panama City, Fla., where Tommy began his teaching career at Springfield Elementary. Tommy left teaching to join the U.S. Postal Service. He enjoyed playing semi-pro baseball and played with the Louisville Sluggers at one time.

Tommy taught for the Covington County School System from 1963 to 1986 at Pleasant Home High School, Straughn High School, Red Level High School and Bethune High Schoo. He will be remembered for his drivers education classes by so many in the community.

Tommy was pre-deceased by his wife, Roberta; his parents, Mayme and John Riley Bass; his son, John (Johnny) Thomas Bass Jr.; siblings, Joel Sidney Bass, Catherine Bolding and Ann Kilcrease; and grandchildren, John David Morgan and Thomas Sean Morgan.

He leaves behind to cherish his memories his daughters, Judith B. Casey; son-in-law, Rick Casey, Jacqueline Bass and Janet Bass; grandchildren, Sean (Stephanie) Anderson, Ashley Frederick, Zac Casey, Griffin Casey, Tyler Casey, Russell Messick, Roberta (Jason) Hall, Kristi Reddish and Terry Headley, Shane Reddish and Alanna Moore; great-grandchildren, Brandon and Ryan Frederick, Alex, Ethan and Cameron Casey, Gage Messick, Blake Smith, Jason Wyatt Hall, and Laken and Kira Moore.

The remains will be cremated, and there will be no funeral service. A memorial will be held at a later date.