March 11, 1927 ~ March 12, 2022

Born in: Henderson County, NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Jack Olliff Bass, Sr., 95, of Asheville, died Saturday, March 12, 2022 at Givens Estates in Asheville.

Born in Henderson County, he was the husband of the late Jeanette (Garren) Bass and the son of the late Roy Olliff and Vera (Dixon) Bass. He was also preceded in death by a son, Jack Olliff Bass, Jr.

Jack was a US Navy veteran of WWII.

Jack was a member of Groce United Methodist Church, where he taught and was honored with a plaque for teaching Sunday school for many years. He was an avid vegetable gardener all his life, and while a resident at Givens, he developed a talent for wood carving.

He was a long time member of the former Haw Creek Lions Club.

He is survived by his children: Dennis Bass of Asheville, Donald Bass of Broken Arrow, OK, and Anne Ayers and her husband Tony of Greenville, SC; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Frances White of Durham, NC; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday, March 18, 2022 at Groce United Methodist Church with Rev. Gerald Davis officiating. Friends will be received from 7 PM to 8 PM Thursday, March 17, 2022 at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian, and again from 12:30 to 1:00 prior to the service at the church. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Groce UMC online at

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.


For those who wish to pay their respects: March 17, 2022 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


Room: Chapel

For those who wish to pay their respects: March 18, 2022 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Groce United Methodist Church
954 Tunnel Road
Asheville, NC 28805


Room: Sanctuary

Funeral Service: March 18, 2022 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Groce United Methodist Church
954 Tunnel Road
Asheville, NC 28805


Room: Sanctuary


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  1. Donald: Heartfelt sympathy to you and your family in the loss of your father.
    Janet Carter Pamfilis
    ACR Class of 74

  2. So very sorry for the loss of your dad Donald, I pray that God will give you all comfort during this difficult time in your life.

  3. Dennis, Don, Anne and families, we are so sorry for your loss of your Dad. What a joyous reunion he, your Mom, and Jackie are having now in heaven. May God bless you all and give you peace in this time of sorrow.
    Perri, Molly, and Jeff Morrison

  4. Donald and Family,
    So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Sending prayers and sincere condolences to you and your families. GOD Bless You,

    Waynette Banks McManus
    Lexington, SC

  5. My deepest sympathies to the family. Jack was a wonderful person and he and Jeanette were my mom’s neighbors for years(Grace Hess). They were both so good to her and loved by the Haw Creek community. May God.bless you’al.


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