Jerry W. Bass

September 23, 1941December 2, 2012

Jerry Wayne Bass entered his eternal home in Heaven on Sunday, December 2, 2012. He was born September 23, 1941 in Tulia, Texas, the son of the late Elmer Orlando Bass, Jr. and the late Molly Pauline Vineyard Bass. A celebration of Jerry’s life will be held on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. at First Baptist Church of Christ, 511 High Place, with the Rev. Scott Dickison, Rev. Jody Long, Dr. Otis Andrews, and Rev. Ben Taylor officiating. The family will gather with friends, following the service at First Baptist Church. Burial will be private in Macon Memorial Park Cemetery.

Jerry’s youth was spent in Plainview, Texas and he came with his family to live in Macon when he was only seventeen. He graduated from Macon’s Dudley Hughes High School and served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Jerry was a natural salesman who loved people and they loved him. He worked for Macy’s in Macon, formerly Davison’s, for more than 30 years. When he retired he was well known all over the Middle Georgia area for his technical know-how and his fantastic customer service. He was a professional photographer and continued that passion into his retirement years. He loved to photograph family and friends and graciously shared his work.

Another passion of Jerry’s was trains and model railroading, “The World’s Greatest Hobby” and he was an active member of the Central Georgia Railroad Club. He spent many hours participating in the club’s activities all over Georgia, including the Georgia State Fair at Central City Park. At that event, Jerry would blow the whistle on the train and the children’s faces would light up with laughter and joy and Jerry would laugh right along with them. He and Gloria traveled around the country visiting tourist railroads and museums.

Jerry was a member of First Baptist Church of Christ for 40 years and was an ordained Deacon. Nothing made Jerry happier than to be in his position as a greeter every Sunday. Children of all ages anxiously waited to hear a “Jerry Joke”. Jerry relished in his ability to make children happy and enthused about attending church.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Gloria Jean Bailey Bass, and their son, Dwayne Carlton Bass. Other survivors include brother, James Dwight Bass (Carol) of Corvallis, Oregon; sister, Marcia Bass Rowland (Wayne) of Gray; and brother, Steven Melton Bass of Macon; many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank all of the doctors, nurses, and medical staff in Macon, Atlanta, and Birmingham who have cared for Jerry for over 21 years. He had a better quality of life for many years because of these dedicated professionals.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jerry’s name may be made to First Baptist Church of Christ, 511 High Place, Macon, Ga. 31201, or Alzheimer’s Association of Central Georgia, 886 Mulberry Street, Macon, Ga, 31201 (

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Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery has charge of arrangements.



  • Celebration of Life Thursday, December 6, 2012


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Betsy Portman

April 3, 2013

Gloria and Dwayne, Just heard about Jerry yesterday and Im still in shock. Please know that You both are in my thoughts and prayers. I wish I had known sooner so I could have been there for you. Im here now. Dont hesitate to call.

Terry Sharp

December 18, 2012

So sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. He was a wonderful, kind man. My Mother(Barbara Sharp) adored him, she worked with Jerry at Davison's and Macy's. They can catch up now as they are both Angels in Heaven. He will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.


December 16, 2012

I met Jerry in the 80's when he would come to develope his film. He would always share his great photos with me. He was always so kind with a great smile. Rest in peace dear friend.

Corrine Moye Davis

December 11, 2012

I just learned tonight(Monday, 12/10/12) of Jerry going to be with his mother and father in heaven. Can't you see them talking about everyone back here on earth. I know he was love very much and will be greatly miss by many. By the joy of know that some day will all meet again.

God Bless and keep you safe

Felecia Walton-Lucas NH c/o 77

December 9, 2012

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Bobby West

December 8, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. Jerry and I worked together at Davison's (Macy's). I will miss his yearly birthday call. He will be truly missed.

Cassandra Morgan

December 7, 2012

Gloria & family Iam so sorry to hear of Jerry's passing, I worked with him at Macy's. He was a great person.

kitty hightower

December 6, 2012

Sam and I are so sorry to hear of Jerrys passing he was very special to the both of us and we will greatley miss him he was a dear friend and wonderfull teacher to all of those blessed to know him we both have many fond memories of our time spent in the model railroad club of the jokes the knowledge shared and the blessings of being around one who has such a joy of life our prayers and thoughts go to Gloria and Dwayne. Kitty Hightower

Mark Bass

December 6, 2012

Gloria and Dwayne, My thoughts are with you today. I have good memories of Jerry and all my Bass cousins. We were quite a sight when we all got together as kids. God bless Jerry. He lived a good life and I know he will be dearly missed by all his family and friends.

Elaine (Trawick) Pityer

December 6, 2012

I was so sad to hear of Jerry's passing. Such fond memories of growing up with the Bass family. Hopefully your wonderful memories will help you during the sad days ahead. Much Love, Elaine