Larry W. Bass
1947 - 2020
Bass, Larry W.

October 29, 1947 - November 10, 2020

Larry Wilbert Bass (Shorty) was born on October 29, 1947, to the late Norman Wilbert Bass and Odessa Spinks Bass. He departed this earthly journey on November 10, 2020, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Salisbury, N.C.

Larry joined St. John Baptist Church, Climax, N.C at an early age; he loved Sunday School.

Larry was a proud class of 1966 graduate of Dudley High School in Greensboro, N.C. He furthered his education by attending N.C.A&T until being drafted into the army. He later obtained a degree in mechanics from Guilford Technical Community College. He was the owner of the Sunoco service station on Elm-Eugene Street for many years, where he loved putting those mechanical skills to good use.

Larry was also employed by the US Postal Service, retiring after 36 years of outstanding service as a mail clerk.

He was a veteran of the US Army, serving for two years, including in the Vietnam War. He served with the elite 82nd Airborne as a paratrooper infantryman. He received many awards, including the National Defense Service Medal, Sharpshooter (rifle), Combat Infantryman's Badge, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Air Medal, and Vietnam Corps of Gallantry wtih Palm.

Larry was a talented artist, enjoyed playing the guitar and harmonica, and was an avid fisherman. Most of all, he loved babies and would hold them for hours. His collection of Motown (albums and 8-tracks) would rival most.

Larry married his beloved Sylvia Williamson Bass on September 11, 1976. They were blessed with three loving children: Christopher M. Bass, Dallas, TX, Larry M. Bass, Greensboro, NC, and Kimberly A. Bass, Houston, TX, adored grandson Keith Sterling Jr., Houston, TX, Sisters: Norma Jean Neal (Thomas), Greensboro, NC, Joanie D. McKinnon (Don), Greensboro, NC, Dee Fulton, Greensboro, NC, Gwendolyn Stahl, Wilmington, NC, sisters-in-law: Virginia Y. Kellogg, Bowie, MD and Ollie M. Williamson, Gibsonville, NC and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family, and friends.

A private graveside service will be held on November 19 at McLeansville First Baptist Church.

Woodard Funeral Home

3200 N. O'Henry Blvd., Greensboro, NC 27405
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Published by Greensboro News & Record on Nov. 19, 2020.
Graveside service
McLeansville First Baptist Church
Funeral services provided by:
Woodard Funeral Home Inc
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With My Deepest Sympathy Bass Family. Mary Ruth Coble-Greensboro NC
Ruth Coble
November 19, 2020
May You Rest In Peace. My Heart goes out to The Family
Willie Ray Jones
November 19, 2020
We all remember , slow talking, slow walking, "Shorty" with his lazy jump shot on the basketball court at the Morningside Homes basketball court, and taunting you when he made them and laughing, I can still see that smile, RIP, "Colley" Hood.
Arthur Hood
November 19, 2020
Sorry for your loss.
Hamp Holloway
November 19, 2020
My condolences to the bass family
Herman quick jr
November 19, 2020
Offering condolences to the family and friends that mourn the loss of their love one. Ronald W. Davis
Ronald W Davis
November 19, 2020
I´m sorry for the loss of your husband; brother; uncle; granddad and our coworker. I pray that your memories of Bass during this difficult time will sustain you in the days to come.
Faye L. Nicholson
November 19, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief, and find comfort from knowing that God draws close to the broken-hearted.
November 19, 2020