OBITUARY

Major Vincent Alton Bass ANC, USAR, Ret.

August 30, 1945December 21, 2017
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Major Bass departed this life for his final heavenly mission on December 21, 2017. He grew up in the Leland area north of Fredericksburg, VA in Stafford County, attended public schools and was graduated from Stafford High School in June of 1963. He enlisted in the Navy in August, 1963, and was a Hospital Corpsman for 13 years, two of those years being attached to or assigned with USMC infantry as an FMF Corpsman. His multiple naval duty stations included Great lakes, IL, Quantico USNH, VA, Pearl Harbor, HI, Kaneohe MCAS, Hawaii, I Corps RVN North of DaNang during the Vietnam War and Camps Hansen & Smeadly D. Butler in Okinawa. He attended Memphis State University, where he received his Associate Degree in Nursing in June, 1975, he remained in the Naval Reserve at Millington Naval Air Station.

He was employed by the Veterans Health Administration as a Critical Care Nurse beginning in 1975 assigned to the Carl Vinson VAMC, completed his Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1980 and was commissioned a 1st Lt. in the ANC, USAR, assigned to the 18th Field Hospital, Augusta, GA. He returned to Richmond, VA in 1984 where he worked at the McGuire VAMC, and remained in the Army Nurse Corps, USAR, until 2005, which included service with the 56th Station Hospital in Richmond. He was attached to the U.S. Army 49th Combat Support Hospital in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait and Fort Sam Houston, TX during the Desert Storm conflict, where he performed critical triage and treatment to all injured military personnel brought it. Major Bass retired from the USAR and VHS in 2005.

He was predeceased by his son, Thomas Andrew in 1970 and by his parents Cary Kerney Bass and Iona Belle (Coakley) Bass of Falmouth, VA, his maternal grandfather Samuel Coakley, his sister Sharon Kerney Gray of Florence, OR, and his brother Francis William Bass of Phoenix, AZ.

He is survived by his partner Henry T. Ranson, Jr.,by the extended Ranson Clan in Dillwyn, VA, and by his sons James Kerney Bass of Sandy Hook, VA (wife - Carrie & granddaughters Rilie & Loren) and Jared Alan Bass of Richmond, VA., and his brother Winston Alan Bass of King George, VA (wife – Loretta Ann Mountjoy Bass) and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins in Virginia, Illinois, Colorado, California and Oregon. He was a member of the American Legion, and a life member of the MOAA, VFW, VVA, DAV, AAoNHC, 1st MarDiv, 3rd MarDiv,

He was also a member of the Virginia Train Collectors, RF&P Railroad Historical Society, TCA, and other train-related organizations. For many years he sang Lead Voice with the Fredericksburg Barbershop Chorus (SPEBSQSA) when he enjoyed the weekly practice sessions, sing-outs and mid-atlantic competitions.

When back home in Fredericksburg, he found a special joy visiting with relatives and high school friends, walking up and down Caroline Street and remembering how things used to be. He had time in later years to enjoy deer-hunting, fresh water fishing, camping and hiking.

Visitation will be held at Woody's Funeral Home, 1020 Huguenot Rd., Midlothian, on Thursday, December 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral service will be held at Church of the Epiphany, 11000 Smoketree Dr., Richmond, on Friday, December 29, at 1 p.m.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, December 28, 2017

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, December 29, 2017

Memories

Major Vincent Alton Bass ANC, USAR, Ret.

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Donna Lee Davis

January 3, 2018

I knew him as "Alton" in high school, and remember his quick wit and humor. Sitting next to Alton in class guaranteed you would never be bored! Heartfelt condolences to Alan and Loretta and to everyone who loved him.

Kenneth Seymore

December 28, 2017

To Henry and the Family of Vincent A. Bass. God never promised a life without pain, laughter without tears or sun without rain. But he did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears and a light for the way, and for all who believe in His Heaven above he rewards their faith in His everlasting love.

Deborah Tamber

December 26, 2017

Vince was an important person to my mother and she talked about him to me often. I spoke with Vince a few times following mom's illness and he was very concerned and caring. They had a very special relationship in God's love. I am so sorry for the family's loss and send my prayers. I am Mildred Janney's daughter, Deborah.

Steven Tuck

December 26, 2017

Vince was my best friend in the world. No other could listen and understand like Vince. We met at MCC in Richmond and shared some wonderful times together. Often we would eat at Yen Ching on Midothian Turnpike, always ordering the same thing. One favorite memory is he and I riding in my 1970 Cadillac convertible with the top down going to a MCC retreat at Natural Bridge. We both wore colorful straw hats and laughed the whole trip. I will miss him GREATLY!

Christa Sexton

December 25, 2017

Vince will be remembered well by his friends in the former 56th Station Hospital USAR, in Richmond. We will miss his hearty laughter, and big smile. We all will have a little less sunshine in our hearts now. Rest peacefully, now, after difficulty with health problems in recent years. Thank you for brightening my life for a while. I'll remember you each time see the ocean, or walk in the woods. Condolences to Henry, and Vince's brother and sons.

Christa Sexton

December 25, 2017

December 25, 2017

May God's loving kindness comfort you and help you through this very sad time
Psalms 29:11

C H

December 25, 2017

To the family of Vincent A. Bass:

My condolence of the loss of your loved one. (Jeremiah 29:11) reminds us that God's true thoughts are of peace for us, not pain. May reflection on his goodness comfort you during this very difficult time.

Bernie Henderson

December 24, 2017

As President of Woody Funeral Home, I extend our deepest sympathy from all our staff for your loss. We are committed to providing the utmost care to you at this time and throughout the days to come. Our purpose is to assist and serve you in a manner that exceeds your expectations. We pledge to strive to merit the trust you have reposed in us.

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