BRYANT, Ark. — Russell Lewis Bass, 52, of Bryant, Arkansas, passed away Sunday, March 8, 2009, at the Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was born August 18, 1956, in Gulfport, Mississippi. After graduating from Clinton High School in Clinton, Iowa, he was employed by Clinton Corn Processing Company and Clinton Ironworks. Russell served as a civil service employee with the U.S. Army at several military installations, including Crane, Indiana; Erlangen, Germany; Tooele, Utah; and McAlester, Oklahoma. He served two tours in Iraq, one during Desert Storm and one during Iraqi Freedom. Currently, he was serving as chief of the Material Management Division at the Pine Bluff Arsenal in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and a lifetime member of the NRA. Russell enjoyed restoring Ford Mustangs, hunting and fishing. His life was highlighted by a hunting trip in Alaska with his father and brothers, hunting red stag and chamois in Europe, caribou in Alaska and salmon fishing in Alaska. He was a staunch conservative and enjoyed following politics. Russell was very close to his family and enjoyed family get-togethers. His passion was instilling a strong value system in his children to ensure their success and happiness. A loving husband, father, son and brother, he will be deeply missed.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Ann Bass. Survivors include his wife of 23 years, Deborah Ann Bass; children, Joseph and Emily Bass all of Bryant, Arkansas; father, Thomas Bass and wife, Linda, of Colona, Illinois; two brothers, Thomas Bass Jr. and wife, Lori, and Samuel D. Bass and wife, Michelle, all of Clinton, Iowa; three stepbrothers, Brian, Todd and Scott Stone; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11, 2009, at Griffin Leggett Forest Hills Funeral Home, 10200 Hwy 5 North, Alexander, Arkansas (501-455-1067). Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at, the USO at or the NRA at To sign Russell’s online guest book, visit

Death date: March 8, 2009