Wednesday 20 Feb 2019


Edward Earl Bass, Sr

April 12, 90,

Edward Earl Bass, Sr., 90, passed away on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at Wayne UNC Hospital.

Ed was born in Wayne County on February 27, 1928 to the late Henry King Bass and Dora Watkins Bass. He was married for 60 years to the late Eleanor Brown Bass. Ed proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps. He had retired from food sales with Biggers Brothers, now known as U.S. Foods. Ed was a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church and one of his proudest moments was when he took a mission trip to Kenya. He will be remembered by many as an excellent craftsman and prior to his mission trip he carved many crosses that he gave to the people of Kenya.

Ed lived a life of dedication to his family and friends, and to his community. He volunteered in his community in many ways including with the Wayne County Boys Club and was instrumental in forming the Goldsboro Touchdown Club. Ed had a wonderful sense of humor and never took himself too seriously. He was a good friend, a great father and had a generous heart. He provided a wonderful home for his family and gave all he could to his family and strangers alike.

A service to celebrate Ed’s life will be Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Dr. Robert F. Bardin officiating. A private interment will be held in Willow Dale Cemetery. The family will receive friends following the service in McChesney Hall.

Ed is survived by his sons, Edward Earl Bass, Jr. and wife, Christa of Kenansville and Robert Ennett Bass of Goldsboro; grandchildren, Ashley Kristen Bass of Wilmington and Matthew Edward Bass of Cary; great-grandchildren, Layla Bass and Talen Turner; brother, Ollie D. Bass of Van Wyck, SC and sister, Barbara Bass Hughey of Goldsboro.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Ethel Womble and brothers, Jimmy Bass, Bill Bass and Floyd Raynor.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 1105 E. Ash Street, Goldsboro, NC 27530.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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