Paul Willis "Sam" Bass[1]

Male 1927 - 2010  (83 years)


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  • Name Paul Willis "Sam" Bass 
    Born 19 May 1927  [2
    Gender Male 
    Died 27 Jul 2010  Dallas, Dallas County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried 29 Jul 2010  Sunset Memorial Gardens, Lawton, Comanche County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I30816  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 23 Nov 2012 

    Family Carolyn Kay Hennessee,   b. 29 Jan 1939, Lawton, Comanche County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jan 2005, Dallas, Dallas County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Married 26 Mar 1960  Lawton, Comanche County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Children 
     1. Melissa Kaye Bass
    Last Modified 15 Aug 2018 
    Family ID F11136  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 26 Mar 1960 - Lawton, Comanche County, Oklahoma Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 27 Jul 2010 - Dallas, Dallas County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 29 Jul 2010 - Sunset Memorial Gardens, Lawton, Comanche County, Oklahoma Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Paul W. 'Sam' Bass
      PLANO, Texas Funeral for former Lawton resident retired Maj. Paul W. "Sam" Bass, 83, Plano, Texas, will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Becker Funeral Home & Cremation Service Memorial Chapel
      Maj. Bass very peacefully passed into the loving arms of his Savior Tuesday, July 27, 2010, with his family by his side.
      Burial with full military honors will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
      Paul was born May 19, 1927, to Frank C. Bass Jr. and Grace Potter Bass. Paul entered the U.S. Navy in October of 1942, at the age of 15, to serve our country in World War II. Following his wartime service with the Navy, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served 23 years active-duty attaining the rank of major. Paul, nicknamed "Sam" during flight school, served in the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. While stationed at Fort Sill in 1959, Paul met his bride, Carolyn Kay Hennessee, the former "Miss Lawton" and they married in 1960. Carolyn and Sam had a marriage of great love and devotion lasting 45 years until her death in 2005.
      Paul served as a flight instructor and test pilot, flying both rotor-aircraft and fixed wings. During his flight career, Paul enjoyed acrobatic flying at international military air shows as well as being a test pilot and flight instructor. He retired from active duty and immediately began "flying from a desk." Paul enjoyed a 30-year career with the Department of Defense as project manager and foreign liaison on various helicopter programs but most notably the Apache. During Paul's 53-year military career, he received numerous awards and decorations, foremost of which was his induction into the Honorable Order of St. Michael Silver Award presented upon retirement.
      After retiring, Paul and Carolyn relocated to Plano, Texas, where they could be close to Melissa, Dan and their grandchildren. Paul enjoyed numerous activities and frequent visits with all three of his grandchildren. He was a member and supporter of various organizations, including the Army Otter-Caribou Association, Army Aviation Association of America and the Masonic Lodge Mt. Scott No. 540. Paul was a member of First Baptist Church, Richardson, Texas, where he enjoyed fellowship with his Bible study class and Thursday morning breakfast group.
      He leaves his daughter and son-in-law, Melissa Kaye and Dan Hutts; three grandchildren: Jackson, Madison, and Samantha (his namesake); nieces and nephews; and a wealth of friends.
      He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank C. Bass Jr. and Grace Potter Bass.

  • Sources 
    1. [S2653] Shannon Conway interview | 21 Mar 2011 | 580.492.6540.

    2. [S45870] http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Hennessee&GSiman=1&GScid=99619&GRid=11815485&.

    3. [S2655] Shannon Conway interview | 21 Mar 2011 | 580.492.6540.