Obituary for Tues., Jan. 24, 2017

Published 12:01 am Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Elizabeth Henderson Bass

Funeral services for Elizabeth H. Bass, 86, of Cairo, Ga., will be held at 11 a.m. on Fri., Jan. 27, 2017, at the Carolina Missionary Baptist Church in Carolina.

0124-basselizabeth23Dr. Ron McCaskill will officiate and Gary Padgett will arrange the music. Interment will be in Carolina Cemetery. Keahey Funeral Home will be in charge of the arrangements. Mrs. Bass was born June 24, 1930, and died at Magnolia Place, Cairo, Ga., on Sat., Jan. 21, 2017.

Pallbearers will be Bill Bass, Jr., Joel F. Bass, Joel S. Bass, III, Cooper Bass, Dray Bass, Ronald Jacobs and Tommy Godwin.

Mrs. Bass was born on June 24, 1930, in Andalusia, to the late William Washington and Daisy Bell Hutto Henderson. On March 6, 1947, she married Joel Sidney Bass, who preceded her in death on Feb. 4, 1996. She worked as the communications director for the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center before her retirement from Humana Hospital System. Mrs. Elizabeth had a way with people and loved her family dearly. She did two things to excess…she laughed and she worked. She was a founder of the Business and Professional Woman’s Club of Fort Walton Beach. In her younger years, she was a factory worker. Her career included working as a pharmacist’s assistant, Mary Kay representative, communications supervisor, licensed auctioneer, standup comic, and award-winning fruit and vegetable canner. In her 70s, she was still working…in airport security for TSA of Homeland Security. She was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include: her sons, Joel S. “Joe” Bass, Jr. of Cairo, Ga., and John William “Bill” Bass, Sr. (Celia) of Cairo, Ga.; grandchildren, Joel Bass, III, Julia Bass, Bill Bass, Jr. (Kelly), and Joel Farrar Bass (Allison), all of Cairo, Ga; great-grandchildren, Cooper, Caroline, Farrar, Ava and Dray Bass, all of Cairo, Ga.; sister-in-law, Eunice Bass Henderson of Brewton; and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; brothers, Archie, Harold and Bibb Henderson; and sisters, Willie Blackwell, Ethel Kennedy, Bertha Garrett and Tessie Lewis.

Memorial contributions can be made in Elizabeth’s memory to the Carolina Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 17745 Rockhole Bridge Road, Andalusia, AL 36420; or to the church or charity of your choice.

The family will receive friends at Clark Funeral Home on Wed., Jan. 25, 2017, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (EST); and at Keahey Funeral Home on Thurs., Jan. 26, 2017, from 6 p.m. to 8p.m (CST).

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