Richmond Carroll Bass

Richmond Carroll Bass, Jr., 89, of Columbia died on August 30, 2015, at The Bluffs in Columbia. “Rich” was born to Richmond Carroll Bass and Doris Jamison Bass on February 17, 1926, in Plantersville, Mississippi. He spent his early years in Plantersville and moved to Tupelo, MS, with his family in 1941. He had three sisters: Linda Bass Henderson of Baton Rouge, LA, and she survives; Jenny Marie Laughlin and Mary Katherine Bass preceded him in death. He married Dorothy Workman Bass (Dot) in 1947, and she survives. Richmond and Dorothy have four children: Beth Simpson and husband Andy, of Columbia; Richmond C. Bass III, of Cale, AR; Sara Ann Doll and husband Keith, of St. Louis; and William T. Bass of Monument, CO. Rich joyfully welcomed eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren into the family.

Richmond and Dot lived many years in the Memphis, TN, area and moved to Columbia in 2006 to be near family. Rich was dedicated to his work in the transportation industry and serving as a sales representative for Myers Tire Supply. He especially enjoyed family gatherings, which have continued since he and Dorothy moved to The Bluffs. Richmond was a lifelong Methodist and a Shriner. He enjoyed gardening and reading Louis L’Amour westerns and had read well over a hundred at last count. He was a gifted story-teller, and his reminiscences will be treasured by his family for years to come.

A memorial service will be held at Calvary Episcopal Church, 123 S. Ninth St., on Saturday, September 19, at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to The Activity Department at The Bluffs, 3105 Bluff Creek Dr., Columbia, MO 65201; or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Online condolences may be left at


  1. Jack Stiefvater on August 31, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    To Dot and Family,

    Through my hospice visits, I was privileged to meet most of the Bass family. I will always remember the strength in Rich’s handshakes and the eye-to-contact that he made in our conversations. A special thanks to Dot for our conversations about her life with Rich over the 60 some years.

    I will remember Dot and Rich in my prayers.

    Jack, Hospice Volunteer

  2. Gail and Ralph Morgan on August 31, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    Wishing you peace and serenity during this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Ralph and gail

  3. Ann Al-Chokhachi on September 1, 2015 at 8:07 am

    Dearest Dot and Beth and all of your sweet family, I am so sorry for your loss in Rich’s passing. It was such a pleasure to have known him, when you all lived in Memphis. You have always been in my prayers ever since I was honored to become friends with you. You will be in my prayers especially as you go through these first necessary but difficult days ahead of you, not only this week, but the weeks ahead as you adjust to a new normal. I will continue to keep you in my prayers, with the following additions: that you gain peace in your loss, joy in your shared memories, and comfort from the knowledge that you are loved by so many people.

  4. Rose Nelson on September 2, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Dottie and Beth

    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of Rich’s passing. May you gain strength and comfort from your family and friends at this time. I know your faith will be a source of strength.

  5. Lawrence Estes on September 2, 2015 at 10:59 am

    All of you are in our thoughts and prayers. Know you will miss him so much! Lawrence and I have special memories of him and his family in
    “our growing up years”. In recent
    years we enjoyed our e-mail contact with him. With love and
    sympathy, Lawrence & Mary Estes,
    Plantersville, MS

  6. Catherine Stochmal on September 2, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    My heart goes out to Dot and family. Thank you for letting me get to know you all in the last couple years during all the transitions you all have been through. God bless you all at this time and Richmond’s final transition here.

  7. James and Sharron Nesbett on September 12, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    Dot: We are so saddened to learn of Richs’ passing. He was a very special man, and very dear to us. Know that you are in our thoughts, and prayers.

    James and Sharron Nesbett

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