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Harold Gene "Short" Bass

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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Short’s stories will be forever missed, this side of Heaven!
Until we all meet again….

Sharan Dec 6 2022 11:08 AM

Short, is best friend you could have. He could pick you up on your bad day. He was there if you needed help

James Bagby Dec 1 2022 8:20 AM

He was a one of a kind ..god gained another angel ..he will be missed keep us a seat in heaven ... RIP sir..

Charlotte Nov 30 2022 3:27 PM

One of my best friends in Marlow, OK, class of 61. We raised our FFA pigs together on the creek behind our house, we saw each other daily. We had lots of fun in hot rods, school, and FFA. I will miss his phone calls. Larry Kelly

Larry Kelly Nov 30 2022 3:12 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. Short was a good, good man. His smile always would light up a room. I will miss our visits and, his stories at the Post Office .I know Short rode into heaven on a gray horse and riding in green pastures. I have his beautiful family in my prayers. RIP Short and I will see you again someday. Tell Steve a good story, I can see all the ones who have gone ahead sitting on the Porch of Knowledge getting some good stories.

Sharon La Fever Gill Nov 30 2022 10:29 AM

Randy Whitney Wade and especially Criscoe so sorry to hear about Short's passing. My favorite childhood memory is hanging out at y'all's house waiting for Short to come home for supper and tell a joke or a story. I always wanted to be like Short when I grew up.


Shawn and Darla Hodnett Nov 30 2022 8:56 AM

Short, you were one of the good guys and you sure will be missed! I know you and Andy are up there in heaven telling stories and riding good horses.....

Connie Jackson Nov 29 2022 11:34 PM

Randy I’m so sorry to hear about Short. Prayers for comfort as you and your family face the coming days with out him. Hold in to the memories. It sounds like he was quite a character. Love you friend.

Jenna Beth Rammage Nov 29 2022 11:14 PM

Sure gonna miss SHORT, he was a good hand, a good man, and a heck of a good storyteller. Enjoyed every visit we ever had.
It won't be easy, but Short will be holding the gate for the ones to follow him into God's pasture.
Blessings to his family and many friends.
~chuck bennett

chuck bennett Nov 29 2022 11:06 PM

dear wade and family
we are so sorry for your loss.I am sure Short and Butch are talking about how many times you and I drove them crazy.Sadly they don't make them like our dads anymore.
sincerely tom and cindy turner
Tom and Cindy Turner

Tom & Cindy Turner Nov 29 2022 10:57 PM

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