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Harold Gene "Short" Bass

June 22, 1943 — November 24, 2022

Harold Gene “Short” Bass, 79 of Sunray, TX passed away on Thursday, November 24, 2022. A graveside service is scheduled for 1 o’clock in the afternoon on Saturday, December 3, 2022 at Texola, OK Cemetery with Brother Charlie Floyd, officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Beeson ~ Morrison Funeral Directors.

Short was born on June 22, 1943 in Shamrock, TX to Billie Jean Brooks and Harold Decatur Bass. He attended Marlow High School where he played on the 1959 state championship football team and graduated from there in 1961. He was united in marriage to Randy McGinley on November 8, 1963 in Hereford, TX and the couple lived in Moore County where he was a resident for around sixty years. In the early years of the Triple D Rodeo Club in Dumas, he enjoyed volunteering with friends and supporting the area youth.  Short was a true cowboy and loved all that it was about. He worked at various Texas panhandle ranches and feedyards throughout his cowboy career.  He was also a true role model and hero to his kids and close friends who were like family.  Short was of Christian faith and chose to worship out in the open plains and pastures.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Margie Bass and George and Billie Sites.

Short is survived by his wife Randy Bass of the home; daughters: Dean Parker and husband Thomas of Lubbock, TX; Whitney McCright and husband Tim of Amarillo, TX; son: Wade Bass and wife Lana of Hereford, TX; grandchildren: Justin McCright, Jaytin McCright, Taylor Parker, Sydney Parker, Jentri Bass, Reegan Bass; one great-grandchild: Holden McCright; brothers: Charlie Bass and wife Deb of Erick, OK; Garry Sites and wife Sam of Stillwater, OK; sister:
Georjana Mauldin and husband Tim of Norman, OK along with numerous other extended family members and dear friends. His stories, jokes and conversations will live on forever in the hearts of all that knew him. 

Short was a simple man and enjoyed the simple things in life: loving family, great friends, a faithful horse, a good story, a nice cold beer and visiting out in front of his home in Sunray on “The Porch of Knowledge.” 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Crazy Dog Ladies of Sunray, PO Box 885, Sunray TX 79086.


Adios Short Bass

Harold Bass had nothing to do with trendsetting hype.
Short was a real cowboy, not your made for TV Yellowstone type.
High speed was not how he rolled.
His was a calm and steady way to go.
It seemed like a DNA card he’d been dealt.
Let’s just say he always paced himself.
An angry line of drivers behind him—Short Bass warp speed—30 miles per hour, with an old 4 horse trailer in tow.
He yells out the window, “Quit honking boys, shoulda left earlier, don’t you know!”
Best known around Sunray as a teller of stories, jokes, and yarns.
Many a friend sat around his kitchen table out at the farm.
If ever interrupted in the middle of a tale before the punch line he could loft,
weeks later he would pick up that same story right where last month he had left off.  Short Bass lived a simple, certain, and home spun life. His way of steering clear of the average man’s hectic strife.
Peace be with you Short. Your friend, Jeff Goodwin


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