Wilma Hayes Bass

February 7, 1940January 8, 2021

Wilma Hayes Bass, passed away Friday, January 8, 2021. She was born February 7, 1940 in Iredell County, NC, to the late James Delbert “Bert” Hayes and Lydia Marie Redd Hayes.

She was a member of Bethany Presbyterian Church and worked for Piedmont Knitting and retired from Heritage Knitting. Wilma also worked for Manheim Auto Auction.

She loved her family and church family. Wilma enjoyed fishing, the beach and as a child, she waited for the first snow of the year. Wilma will be dearly missed by all that knew her.

Those left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of 65 years, Jay F. “Jack” Bass; her children, Ronny (Pat) Bass, JoAnn (Keith) Cook, Gayle (Jody) Taylor and Trudy (Robert) Goforth. She is also survived by three grandchildren, Lorne (Sonya) Cook, Lucy Cook and Elizabeth Goforth (Cody Josey); one step-granddaughter, Kim (Scott) Hill; five step-great-grandchildren, Katie (Tyler), Kaleb, Kara Hill, Emalee and Nathan Money. Wilma also leaves behind one great-grandson, Jackson Cook and several cousins.

A graveside service will be held Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 3:00 PM at Bethany Presbyterian Church Cemetery with Pastor Tim Glaser and Pastor Sue Moore officiating. The family will speak to friends following the service.

The family does ask that everyone attending the service to wear a face mask and observe social distancing.

Memorial donations may be made to Bethany Presbyterian Church 114 Bethany Road Statesville, NC 28625 or to Hospice of Iredell County 2347 Simonton Road Statesville, NC 28625.

Those wishing to leave a condolence for the family may do so at

Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Bass family.


  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, January 12, 2021


Wilma Hayes Bass

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keith menster

January 12, 2021

So sorry to hear of Wilma's passing. She was always so kind to me at Piedmont Knitting. God bless you all.
Keith Menster

Jill Wingler

January 11, 2021

Lucy, I'm so sorry about your grandmother!! You all are in our thoughts and prayers!!

Ronnie Trent

January 11, 2021

Jack and family,
So sorry to hear of your loss. Some of my fondest memories as a child are my family's visits with you all and Aunt Marie and Uncle Bert. You always made us welcome and provided many interesting things to see and do. I always looked forward to the time we were privileged to spend with you all. May God grant you peace as you cherish the memories of the time you were together as a family.

Nancy Allison

January 11, 2021

Jack and Family: I am so sorry for your loss during your time of grief! She was my cousin and friend ! My heart is broken! She was a beautiful caring woman that loved her family very much! We will have all the beautiful memories of her stored in our hearts!🙏

Nancy Hutchison

January 10, 2021

My condolences to all the family. Wilma was a dear friend, though we didn't see each other often. We went through school together from grade 1, and she was very special to me. My thoughts and prayers
are with you all during this sad time.
Nancy Parker Hutchison