William Eldgin “Sam” Bass


William Eldgin “Sam” Bass

Conway, Faulkner County, Arkansas, USA
Death 19 Sep 2005 (aged 81)
Lancaster, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial California City, Kern County, California, USA
Memorial ID 11798649 View Source
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William Eldgin Bass, 81, California City, Sept. 19 in Lancaster. Visitation 9 to 11 a.m. Sept. 23, Community Church of California City, California City; service 11 a.m. Sept. 23, Community Church of California City, California City; interment at California City Memorial Park, California City. Holland & Lyons Mortuary, Ridgecrest.

Bakersfield Californian, Sept. 22, 2005

William Eldgin "Sam" Bass
Eldgin Bass, of California City, was born in Conway, Arkansas on June 24, 1924. He passed away on September 19, 2005. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mattie Jo Bass. His four children, Judy Smith, Dr. Larry Bass, Trudy Hopper and Althea McGuire, three of which reside in California City. Grandchildren include Ligier Rorabaugh, Laura Franks, Tanika Kracke, Keith Howard and Christina McGuire. Great Grandchildren are Cameron Mills, Cassondra Rorabaugh, Tannor Franks, Samantha Kracke, Brent Howard, Kiersten Howard and Tyler Kracke and Great-Great Grandson Brandon Mills. All grand- through great-great grandchildren reside in California City. Sam was the eldest of 9 children and is survived by Howard McClatchey of Rialto, Charles McClatchey of Manteca, Wanda Handsom of Modesto, Nellie Rodden of Boron, Barry Everett Webb of Boron and Tibby Splawn of Modesto. He was preceded in death by brothers Donald Webb of Mojave and Vernon Beers of Las Vegas, both of which passed earlier this year.

Eldgin, who was called 'Sam' by friends and family, worked at Operating Engineers for 32 years and was an avid fisherman and hunter. He moved to California City in 2001 to be near his family that he dearly loved. Sam, who had a formal second grade education, had a master's degree when it came to living life. He helped to build I-5, I-15, I-40, I-10 and the Cachuma Dam just to name a few.

Those by which he is survived will never forget the many stories that he told and will always remember his humor and love of life. Sam will be greatly missed.

Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 am with funeral services at 11:00 am to be held at Community Church of California City on Friday Sept 23, 2005 with burial to follow at California City Memorial Park, California City, CA

Arrangements are under the direction of Holland & Lyons Mortuary, Ridgecrest CA

Section 2B; Lot 23; Space 8.

1930 United States Federal Census
about Elgin Bass
Name: Elgin Bass
Home in 1930: Bolivar, Jefferson, Arkansas
Age: 6
Estimated birth year: abt 1924
Birthplace: Arkansas
Relation to Head of House: Grandson
Mother's name: Zeland
Race: White


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Household Members: Name Age
Thomas P Davis 64
Annie Davis 54
Avery Davis 21
Odell Davis 17
Romie Davis 11
Benjamin Davis 23
Zeland McClatchey 26
Charles McClatchey 3
Howard McClatchey 1 4/12
Elgin Bass 6

US WWII Army Enlistment Records
Name Eldgin W Bass
Birth Year 1924
Race White, citizen
Nativity State or Country Arkansas
State of Residence Arkansas
Enlistment Date 14 Jul 1943
Enlistment State California
Enlistment City Los Angeles
Branch No branch assignment
Branch Code No branch assignment
Grade Private
Grade Code Private
Term of Enlistment Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
Component Selectees (Enlisted Men)
Source Civil Life
Education Grammar school
Civil Occupation Farm hands, general farms
Marital Status Single, with dependents
Height 44
Weight 000

US Social Security Applications and Claims Index
Name Eldgin Bass
Gender Male
Race White
Birth Date 24 Jun 1923
Birth Place Englind Lono, Arkansas
Death Date 19 Sep 2005
Father Horace Bass
Mother Zeland Davis
Notes Feb 1941: Name listed as ELDGIN BASS
Household Members
Name Age
Zeland Davis
Horace Bass
Eldgin Bass

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  • Added: 22 Sep 2005
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