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Jack Bass, Jr.

Jack Bass, Jr.

June 10, 1951 - March 19, 2017     Age: 65

Mr. Jack Bass Jr., age 65, of Fernandina Beach, passed away on Sunday morning, March 19, 2017 at Baptist Medical Center-Nassau.Born in Jacksonville, FL, he was the eldest of two boys and two girls born to the late Jack Bass Sr. and Juanita ”Dot” Lockler Bass. Jack’s family lived on the Northside of Jacksonville where he graduated from Ribault High School, Class of 1969. After high school he worked for a short time at Terminal Bag in Yulee and Hardaway Construction Company. In 1973 he enrolled at the Police Academy and began a career that spanned over 35 years in Law Enforcement. Upon graduation from the Academy he joined and worked with the Fernandina Beach Police Department from where he retired in 2002. He then joined the Nassau County Sheriff’s Department where he continued to serve the citizens of Nassau County until he retired as a Detective in 2010. Jack has served as a Commissioner on the Amelia Island Mosquito Control Board for approximately 15 years, was past Chairman of the Nassau County Republican Party and past President of the Christian Motorcyclist Association. Jack had played softball with the City Recreation Department, enjoyed surf fishing, collecting shark’s teeth, riding his Harley Davidson Road King, camping and vacationing in the mountains with his sister, Ellen, and her family. Jack and his family were members of the First Baptist Church of Fernandina Beach where he served as a Deacon, taught Sunday School and sang in the adult choir. Jack was passionate about law enforcement, politics, and the Gators and Jaguars football. Anyone who knew Jack Bass knows how much he enjoyed a good conversation. More than anything in the world, Jack treasured GOD and his beloved family and the time he spent with them. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, John Thomas Bass, who passed away in 2007.
Jack leaves behind his wife of 29 years, Suzanne Shiver Ryals Bass, Fernandina Beach, children, Joshua Isaac Ryals, Nevada, MO, Laura Brooke Ryals Walker (BJ), Yulee, FL, Brandi Fouche Mooneyhan (Ryan), Pea Ridge, AR, Jack “Trey” Bass III (Katelyn), Charlotte, NC, sisters, Ellen Wiggins (Wayne), Yulee, FL, and Rebecca Faircloth, Yulee, FL, and six grandchildren (who call him “Big Poppa”) and several nieces and nephews. His schnauzers, Lumiere and Maurice, will greatly miss him. In addition, he leaves behind his beloved maternal aunt, Blanche Cooper.
A celebration of Jack’s life will be at 11:00 AM on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at the First Baptist Church of Fernandina Beach with Reverend Jeff Overton, officiating.
Jack will be laid to rest in Bosque Bello Cemetery.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, at the church, from 10:00 AM until the hour of service .

9 Condolences

  • Ellen L Wiggins Posted March 21, 2017 8:52 pm

    I will miss my big brother so much. He was my rock. He was so grounded in the Lord and thank goodness he shared that love with me because I sure fought. This I will never forget. AMEN

  • Katherine Parker Posted March 21, 2017 10:27 pm

    Praying out to the family and friends….may God ease your hearts and wrap his living arms of grace and mercy upon you…..in your time of grieving….😢😢😢😢

  • Guy & Michelle Robertson Posted March 21, 2017 11:30 pm

    Our condolences and prayers for the family.

  • Frankie & Linda Posted March 22, 2017 8:46 am

    Great Godly guy and was a blessing to everyone who knew him.

  • Jan Strassner Posted March 22, 2017 11:24 am

    Rest in the assurance that this is not the end! My love and prayers for the family.

  • Marsha H. Carman Posted March 23, 2017 9:19 am

    Suzanne and family, Jack on March 19th entered into
    God’s peace and God’s rest. Jack finished his earthly work! He has gone to his Heavenly Home! Someday when we finish our Lord’s work We will see our Savior Jesus and our love ones on Holy Ground!

    For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes well please rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:7-8

    I am sorry I was unable to attend please know that I care about your sweet family and you are in my prayers! All my love, Marsha H. Carman

  • Jim Bush Posted March 23, 2017 1:40 pm

    Suzanne and family…….I am so sorry to see that Jack has left this life behind but am grateful to know that he is entering into eternity with Jesus. I haven’t seen Jack for a long time but I have always considered him a friend from the first day I met him. I know it will be hard for you in the coming days……but the intensity of your pain will ease over time.

  • Lisa and Cary Posted March 24, 2017 6:40 pm

    Suzanne – I can’t tell you how sorry we are to learn of the sad news and also disappointed we could not attend the service to express our condolences. We loved Jack as a friend and a brother in Christ. We have wonderful memories of great discussions over coffee and dessert. We will always remember him with great admiration and we are here to support you. We shall be in touch. All our love and sympathies

  • Rob Calija Posted May 3, 2017 9:40 pm

    It was a pleasure meeting Jack at the YMCA. I had a magnificent experience working with him. Thank you for letting me be part of your life. I’ll never forget his big smile as he was the big gentle giant that I trained. Rest In Peace.

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