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October 2, 1939 ~ February 11, 2023

William Courtney Bass, 83, of Colonial Heights, Virginia, passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2023, at Southside Medical Center. Born on October 2, 1939, in Charlottesville, Virginia, he was the son of the late Emmett Connally Bass and Lucille Josephine Walton Bass. He was also preceded in death by his loving wife, Ruby Mae Wright Bass.

William served in the United States Air Force, dedicating faithful service to his country. He loved sports, especially bowling, and was an avid UVA and New York Yankee fan. He also loved Southern Gospel music. William was cherished by his family and will be missed immensely.

He is survived by his three children, Connie Dietz-Taylor and husband, Jeff of Colonial Heights, Sheila Daghita and husband, Harry of Colonial Heights, and Eric Bass and wife, Lori of Disputanta; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00p.m. on Monday, February 20, 2023, at the Colonial Heights Chapel of the E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes & Crematory, 2033 Boulevard Colonial Heights, Virginia 23834. Interment will follow in Southlawn Memorial Park, 1911 Birdsong Road S. Prince George, Virginia. The family will receive friends from 2:00p.m. to 4:00p.m. on Sunday, February 19, 2023, at the funeral home. Flowers are welcome or you may make a donation to St. Judes Children Research Hospital, in honor of Mr. Bass. Online condolences may be registered at