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Thomas Rex Bass

Funeral services for Thomas Rex Bass were held Dec. 11, 2023, at New Hebron Methodist Church, with interment following in the Whitesand Cemetery.  Rev. Mike Dubose officiated.  Mr. Bass, 76, entered into the eternal rest of his Lord Dec. 8 at his home in New Hebron.  Saulters Moore Funeral Home was entrusted with arrangements.

Serving as pallbearers were Thomas Tarver, Cabe Banes, Barry Banes, John Turnage, Albert Fortenberry, and Robert Fortenberry.  Honorary pallbearers were Robert Winter, Ryan Winter, Chase Waltman, Kolton Owen, Dalton Winter, and Matthew Bass.

Mr. Bass was born on May 21, 1947, in Jefferson Davis County to Hiram Spurgeon and Peggy Buckley Bass.  He graduated from Prentiss High School and Pearl River Junior College.

He was a proud Vietnam veteran who served as an Army Combat Medic in the 11th Armored Calvary, where he earned the rank of SP5 (T). While enlisted, Mr. Bass was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and the Combat Medic Badge.  He retired from Tri State Brick and Tile Company in Jackson.

On March 10, 2001, he married Linda Carol Riley.  Together, they made their home in New Hebron, where they enjoyed the country life.  Their hobbies were gardening, camping, fishing, and especially spending time at home with each other.

Thomas was a big football fan and adored all of his children, grandchildren, and great-granddaughter.

He knew the Lord and held a deep love for his Heavenly Father.  He loved his home church, New Hebron Methodist, where he served in different roles throughout the years.

He was preceded in death by his father, Spurgeon Bass.

He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Linda Riley Bass; four children, Teresa Cain (Victor). of Vicksburg; Robert Winter Jr. (Kristi), of Grenada; Michelle Owen (Brian), of Maben; and Ryan Winter, of Charleston, S.C.; nine grandchildren and one great-granddaughter; his mother, Peggy Bass; one brother, Donald Bass (Colleen); and one sister, Lynne Banes (Barry).

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be given to New Hebron Methodist Church.