Robert Peyton Bass, age 87, passed away in his home on October 26, 2018 after a lengthy battle as a result of COPD. Robert was born May 18, 1931 to Thomas Jefferson and Rosa Exa Bass in Athens, Texas. He was preceded in death by his brother, Otis Jefferson Bass of Huntsville, Texas, his sister Lucy Baum of San Augustine, Texas, his son Mark Bass of Vancouver, Washington and his daughter, Melody Jo Bass of Athens, Texas.
Robert grew up and attended school in the Athens area and served his country from 1952-1954 in the 101 Infantry of the US Army, during the Korean war, stationed in Germany. He returned home to attend Henderson Country Junior College [tTVCC] in Athens. Afterward, he re-joined his family who had moved to Huntsville Texas where he began his career in the paint and body business. He returned to Athens in 1973 and eventually opened Bob's Paint and Body Shop located in the 400 block of South Palestine where he operated until his retirement.
He and Sonja have been married since July 5, 1980 and have attended Fellowship Baptist Church for many years until he was confined to his home. Robert enjoyed being referred to as “Bob” and was known as an artist in his trade. His family was always number one, which, included children he acquired when he and Sonja were married. Outside his love of traveling with his wife, Sonja, he had a passion for classic cars and always kept a collection on hand. Robert was equally devoted to maintaining a beautiful lawn and his home. He was able to remain at his home throughout his illness, attended by his wife and recently aided by Caring Hearts Hospice, to whom his family expresses their heartfelt gratitude.
Survivors include his wife Sonja Bass, his sons, Terry Bass of Athens and Denny Bass and his wife Terri of Mauckport, Indiana, David Cornelius of Athens, Texas, Robert Cornelius of Eustace, Texas.
Surviving siblings include his brothers, Billy Joe Bass and wife Nancy of Marshall, Texas, his sisters, Nelda Scott of Brunswick, Missouri, Gin Daniel of Athens, Texas, Edie Peace of Plano, Texas and his nieces, Karen Daniel and husband Earnie Feagins of Crossroads, Texas, his niece, Michelle Martin of Austin and his nephews, Jason White of Dallas, Texas, Rick Parks and wife Nettie of Findlay, Ohio, Dwayne Parks of Dallas, Texas, and his grand niece, Felicia Baker and husband, Josh Baker of Cross Roads, Texas and great grand nieces, Kaylee McCurley, Jayden and Hadley Baker of Cross Roads, Texas.
Surviving grandchildren are; Carla Trumper and husband Eric of Michigan, Heather Bass of Longview, Texas, Jennifer Monroe and husband John of Forney, Texas, Christina Kinney of Forney, Texas, Alicia Cornelius of Forney Texas, Christopher Cornelius of Tyler, Texas, David Cornelius and wife Pamala of Athens, Texas, Anthony McLaughlin and wife Hope of Athens, Texas, Brandon McLaughlin of Mabank,Texas. He was blessed with 20 great grand children whom he loved very much.
The family is planning to celebrate his life in a private memorial at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to his favorite charities, stjude.org, Shriners Hospitals [donate.lovetotheresque.org] or by calling Childrens Medical Center Dallas/development at 214/456-8360.

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