Gerald Lane Bass

December 27, 1933August 20, 2017

Gerald Lane Bass, 83, of Raleigh, passed away Sunday, August 20, 2017.

Born in Wilson County, NC, he was the son of the late Harvey and Velma Bass. He was preceded in death by brothers Mike and Royce; sisters Joyce Bass and Beverly Hardison.

Gerald is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary Ann Hodnett Bass; daughters Alisa Bass Heverly (Kenneth) of Wilmington; Marianna Wynn Bass of Raleigh; grandchildren Elizabeth Lane Heverly Guthrie, Kenneth Alan Heverly, Jr, and Mary Ellis Fanney; two great-grandchildren, Talan Lane Guthrie, and Parker Heverly Guthrie; sister Sharon Beth Edwards of Havelock; brother Verlon Bass of New Bern; godson Samuel Lane Barrow of Raleigh.

Gerald graduated from New Bern High School, UNC-Chapel Hill, and the UNC School of Law with a Juris Doctorate degree in 1962. He was a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. Gerald retired following a distinguished 50 year career practicing law. He was a veteran of the US Army.

Gerald loved his family, church, golf, and the Tar Heels.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, August 23 at Edenton Street United Methodist Church, 228 W. Edenton Street, Raleigh 27603. Friends and family will be received following the service in the Garden Gallery at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Pruitt Home Health, 513 E. Whitaker Mill Road, Raleigh, NC 27608 or Doorstep Ministry, ESUMC.

Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Saint Mary's St., Raleigh, NC.



  • Memorial Service Wednesday, August 23, 2017


  • Visitation Following the Service in the Garden Gallery

Gerald Lane Bass

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Joyce Boyd Granger

August 24, 2017

Mary Ann, may happy memories keep Gerald close through these difficult times of grief. Our earlier years at NBHS were such good times. May God''s comforting peace uphold you and your dear family.

Roy & Lisa Heverly

August 22, 2017

Our sincere condolences for your loss. Your family is in our prayers during this difficult time.

Judy James

August 22, 2017

I worked with Gerald at the U. S. Attorney's Office. What a great guy. Thought so much of him. He was also a great attorney. Our prayers are with you, Mary Ann, and your family.

Judy and Raymond James, Raleigh, NC


August 22, 2017

Sorry for your loss, Bass family. Sincere condolences to you all. May you find a measure of comfort in the kind words of others and precious memories you shared with your loved one. May our greatest Comforter, God, continue to strengthen you by the promises found in His word.

Robert Kennel

August 22, 2017

Sincere condolences to Gerald's family. I have so much enjoyed our banter each week at Raleigh Sports Club. He always kidded me about my NC State ties. I played basketball with Gerald at New Bern High School and had forgotten that he and Mary Ann were married (she was a great basketball player herself).
Gerald will be missed by so many. Good , good man !!

Karen Currin

August 22, 2017

Our heart is with you during this sorrowful time. Sending love and prayers.

John and Joanna Mills

August 21, 2017

Much love and sympathy during this most difficult time.

Lynn and Jim Kelly

August 21, 2017

In loving memory of a wonderful uncle. We will love you and miss you always.