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William Howard Bass
Birth: Sep. 5, 1915
Lincoln County
Oklahoma, USA
Death: Oct. 19, 2004
Washington County
Arkansas, USA

William Howard Bass passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, October 19, 2004, in Fayetteville. Howard was born on September 5, 1915, in Prague, Oklahoma. He first came to Fayetteville as a young boy when his father, O.W. Bass, was hired as the Washington County superintendent of schools in the early 1920's. The family lived on a small farm on the southeast side of Fayetteville, later moving into town on Leverett Street.

Howard attended Peabody High School at the University of Arkansas, where he was a football player, and according to him, not too much of a scholar. He later married Eloise Kinard Ball of El Dorado, whom he met while she was a student at the university of Arkansas. Following their marriage, they lived briefly in Poteau prior to moving to Fort Smith, where he began employment with Godt Brothers Drug Stores as the restaurant manager. In 1940, Howard purchased the Plaza Cafe, which was located in the old Union Bus Station on Garrison Avaenue, and operated that along with his brother Oscar until 1950, when they opened the Dairy Grand Drive-in restaurant at Grand Avenue and 31st Street.

Howard was a vetera of World War II, having served as a staff sergeant in charge of a mortar squad during the Battle of the Bulge as well as serving in the Army of Occupation until he returned home to Fort Smith in late 1945.

In 1961, howard and Eloise returned to Fayetteville where he opened the Fayetteville Linen Supply, which at that time was located on Dickson Stsree where the Walton Arts Center is now located. His brother Oscar also joined him as a partner in the linen supply. Howard was a past president of the Fayetteville Enchange Club and a member of Central United Methodist Church.

Howard is survived by a brother, his son and daughter-in-laws, grandchildren, four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death his wife Eloise, his parents, O.W. and May Bass, his eldest son Howard H. Bass and his brothers, Theodorea and Oscar Bass, as well as two siblings who died as infants.

Funeral service was held graveside at Fairview Memorial at 3 p.m. Friday with Moore's Chapel of Fayetteville handling arrangements.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice in Howard's memory.

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Fairview Memorial Gardens
Washington County
Arkansas, USA
Created by: Ronald Walton
Record added: Nov 02, 2005
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William Howard Bass
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