James Junior Bass was born January 27, 1944, in Columbia, South Carolina. He was the beloved and the last living child born to the late Edward Wesley and Bessie Lee Bass. He departed this life and entered eternal rest on Wednesday, March 15, 2023, in Columbia.
James was educated in the public schools of Richland County where he attended Booker T. Washington High School. He was employed as a Master Brick Mason with Bass Brothers Brick Masons, a job that allowed him to have a fulfilling career. He was one of the best brick masons during his time, having been a part of many building projects in the City of Columbia. One of his masonry jobs that was instrumental in the up building of the City of Columbia and one that he was most proud, was his work at the Reed Street High Rise in 1969; a building that still stands in community today; giving him the honor of being the best Brick Mason in the City of Columbia. He not only used his gift throughout the city, but around the state of South Carolina, and his work still stands today.
James was united in Holy Matrimony to the love of his life, Doris in 1965. The two were blessed with 58 years of love and devotion to each other and the births of five (5) children.
James was baptized at an early age and shared his love for God with all he met. Because he grew up in a large family, he developed a love for people, and he never met a stranger. James had a heart of gold and always had a desire to help others. He loved Friday Night High School Football, loved to dress to the nine, and he was always the life of the party. He will be missed by all who loved and knew him.
In addition to his parents, James was also preceded in death by all of his siblings, Charles, Donald, and Oscar Bass, Eskrin Wesley and Patricia Ann Wilson.
Those who are cherishing James’s fond and precious memories are his loving and devoted wife, Doris Bass; children, Diane Bass, James Bass, Jr., Jerome (Risa) Bass, Jerry Bass, Joseph ((Terri) Bass and Shuntai Wallace; daughter-in-law, Tasha T. Bass; eleven (11) grandchildren; eleven (11) great-grandchildren; one nephew, William Wilson; three nieces, Teresa Wilson, Sharon Maddox and Faye Story; and a host of other loving relatives and dear friends.