Melba S. Bass (1927 - 2013)

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Mrs. Melba S. Bass, 85, of Springfield, FL, went home to be with her Lord and savior, Jesus Christ on Wednesday, June 19, 2013. She was born on November 22, 1927 in Bonifay, FL.

Mrs. Bass enjoyed spending time with her family and being on the river. She was a member of the Gospel Lighthouse Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents Charlie and Rlevie Steverson, and step mother Mildred Steverson; husband Henry (Bill) L. Bass, Sr.; son, Henry (Snooks) L. Bass, Jr.; and son-in-law, Winston E. Russ, Sr.; and numerous siblings.

She is survived by one daughter, Christine B. (Rhuden) Chambless of Clarksville, FL; three sons, Ronnie E. (Gay) Bass, Sr., Kenny L. (Judy) Bass, and Jerry L. Bass, all of Panama City, FL; six grandsons, Pete Russ, Kevin Russ, Billy Bass, Ronnie (Buford) Bass, Jr., Christopher A. Bass, and Shaun Bass; four granddaughters, Kim Shaw, Melba Jean Hall, Tricia Bass, and Jennifer Arnold; three brothers, Joe Steverson, Billy (Wanda) Steverson, Eugene (Betty Jean) Steverson, all of Bonifay, FL; two sisters, Sue (Earl) Roberts of Umatilla, FL and Nancy Steverson of Bonifay, FL; 19 great-grandchildren; and six great, great-grandchildren. As well as, two very special people Debbie L. Bass and Jackie P. Bass.

Serving as pallbearers will be Gerald Conner, Terry Conner, Shaun Bass, Kristain Shaw, Brandon Shaw, Christopher Bass, Joe Steverson, and Greg Hawthorne.

The family will receive friends for a luncheon at 12:00 p.m., Saturday, June 22, 2013 at the Gospel Lighthouse Church. A visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, June 22, 2013 at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Services will take place at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, June 23, 2013, at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Johnny Cromer, Rev. Ike Steverson, and Brother John Thomas officiating. Interment to follow at the Lynn Haven Cemetery.

The entire family would like send a special thanks to the staff of Covenant Hospice. Those wishing to extend a word of condolence may do so at

Heritage Funeral Home & Cremation Services.
247 N. Tyndall Parkway
Panama City, Fla.
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Published in Panama City News Herald on June 22, 2013