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J.E. Edward Bass
July 8, 1935 - October 24, 2017
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Graveside services for J.E. “Sam” Bass, 82, of Overton will be held at 4:00 P.M. Friday, October 27, 2017 at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Mr. Bass passed away Tuesday in a Tyler hospital.

Sam was born on July 8, 1935 in Giles County, Tennessee son of the late James and Opie Bass. Mr. Bass was a member of the Masonic Lodge in South Dakota. He studied at Kilgore College, University of Missouri, University of Maryland, Defense Information School and received his Master’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma. He retired from the United States Air Force, serving during the Korean War, Vietnam War and the Cold War. Sam flew 166 B-52 bombing missions during the Vietnam War with his last mission flown during the Linebacker 2 offensive over Hanoi, North Vietnam. He worked as a Photo Journalist and was the first journalist to fly on a B-52 during a combat mission on December 17, 1967. Sam flew mission with the late actor Jimmy Stewart. Mr. Bass was a past Editor of the Henderson Daily Newspaper and a retired rural mail carrier

Sam is survived by his son, Bartley Bass of Minden, TX; brother, Terry Bass of Pulaski, TN; two granddaughters, Sable Bass of Overton and Sarah Bass of Minden and one great grandson James Bass of Overton and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife Patsy Bass.





J.E. Edward Bass
July 8, 1935 - October 24, 2017
 
Service Schedule
Graveside Service
Pleasant Hill Cemetery
Hwy 323 3 miles outside of Henderson
Henderson, TX  75652
Friday, October 27, 2017
4:00 P.M.
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Burial Schedule
Pleasant Hill Cemetery
Hwy 323 3 miles outside of Henderson
Henderson, TX  75652
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