He was born September 7, 1928 in Columbia, Mississippi to B.C. Bass and Mary Susie Williamson Bass. Shortly after his birth the family moved to Smackover, Arkansas where he grew up. It was there he met his wife, Betty Jean McCauley. They married in 1947 and enjoyed 65 years of marriage.
Bill attended the University of Arkansas, Oklahoma State and USC and graduated with a Masters in engineering. He served in the US Air Force for 22 years retiring at the rank of Colonel.
Bill and Betty have five children: Randy Bass and wife Connie of Bridgeport, Texas; Rick Bass and wife Carrie of Perris, California; Susan Zisakis and husband Gus of Boulder City, Nevada; Ron Bass and wife Sue of Little River, South Carolina; Jeff Bass of Mena, Arkansas.
He is survived by 9 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife Betty, his parents, and a sister Betty Marie Heffington.
Funeral services will be Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Beasley-Wood Chapel.
Interment will be Friday, December 13, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at Rest Haven Memorial Garden in El Dorado, Arkansas. Arrangements are under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.