William Arthur Bass Jr.

July 13, 1928December 13, 2013
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William Arthur Bass, Jr., 85, a dedicated husband, father and soldier, was born in Rex Hospital in Raleigh, NC on Friday, July 13, 1928, of the late Nancy Ann Bunn Bass of Zebulon, NC and the late William Arthur Bass of Nashville, NC, and died Friday, December 13, 2013, also in Rex Hospital. As you can tell, 13 was his favorite number.

A dedicated husband, father and soldier, Bill (or “Billy” to some) was beloved by many, from his family to his many friends, military colleagues of 28 years and Great American Insurance Company colleagues of 37 years, not to mention his doctors, housekeeper, pharmacist, mail carrier and probably every employee of the K&W Cafeteria in Cameron Village where he and his beloved bride of 64 years, Dorothy Whitehurst Bass, dined many times a week.

As a child Bill lived and carried a paper route in the Historic Oakwood neighborhood in Raleigh and graduated from Hugh Morson High School in 1946. Drafted during the Korean War, he graduated first in his class from Officers’ Candidate School and eventually attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserve. He was a Battery Commander in Youngsville, NC, an Administrative Officer at the North Carolina Military Academy and served as North Carolina State Marksmanship Coordinator, retiring from the military in 1981.

He is survived by his beautiful wife Dot, of Raleigh; his children, William Bretford Bass, 54, of Wake Forest and his daughter, Dorothy Bass Burch, 47, of Raleigh; his grandchildren, William Christopher Bass, 29, Alexander Patrick Bass, 23, Mason Garrett Bass, 18, all of Wake Forest and Graham Whitehurst Burch, 17, and Charlotte Grace Burch, 14, both of Raleigh; his loving sisters, Patricia Bass Bryan and Nancy Bass Solomon, both of Raleigh; two nieces, Tracy Solomon Weekman and Wendy Solomon Fox, both of Raleigh, and a nephew, Timothy Macon Bryan, also of Raleigh.

A gifted dancer, singer and musician with a wonderful sense of humor, he loved music, woodworking, gardening in his beautiful North Hills yard and chocolate covered cherries.

Visitation with the family will be Tuesday, December 17 from 6-8pm at Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church on Six Forks Road in Raleigh and funeral services celebrating his thankfully lengthy and colorful life will be held at 1:30pm on Wednesday, December 18, also at Hudson Memorial, with graveside services with full military honors immediately following the service at Raleigh Memorial Park.


  • Visitation Tuesday, December 17, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, December 18, 2013

William Arthur Bass Jr.

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Vincent Nguyen

December 20, 2013

We always looked forward to seeing him. He always had a smile and a wonderful sense of humor that helped make your day better. He was good man and we will miss him dearly. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mrs Bass and the family.

December 19, 2013

My deepest sympathies to William's family. Please draw comfort from James 4:8 which shows if you draw close to God, He will draw close to you. Veronica

George Whitehurst

December 18, 2013

Bill was such a great man. Kay and I loved him very much. He will be missed. Duty, Honor, Country. This symbolized Uncle Bill.

December 17, 2013

I was just advised of your beloved husband and father's death. I grew up on Shelley Road and remember him well with the fondest of memories. Though I now live in Charlotte, I ride down Shelley every opportunity when visiting the area, filled with fond memories of the great neighborhood where I grew up. Bill Bass will surely be missed and I send to you my most sincere condolences.
Judy Ayers Nunnenkamp

December 17, 2013

Our condolences to your family. Kaye and Gordon Myers, Fairview, NC

Barbara Mulkey

December 17, 2013

Dottie, I was sad to hear that you have suffered this loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers, especially over the next few weeks as you celebrate such a special season without him.

Ernest G. Charles

December 16, 2013

May God bless the soul of my friend Bill Bass and grant peace and fond memories to his loved ones. Bill and I shared some great times back in the Great American Insurance Company days. Farewell my friend.

Lois Dills

December 16, 2013


My thoughts and prayers are with you, your Mom, Graham and Charlotte. As you know we all will miss your Dad and especially his visit each year to our office to bring you that special Valentine box of candy! May the Lord bless you and comfort you and your family at this most difficult time.

December 16, 2013

My condolences to the family. May God provide you with comfort to cope during this time.

December 16, 2013

I worked with Bill at Great American and he was always a gentleman who was jovial with a quick wit. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this sad time. I especially wish to extend my condolences to Pat as she was one of my first bosses.

With deep sympathy,
Kelly Hicks