By Robert Lindsay Contributing columnist
February 27, 2014
You will recall, I have started writing from the bud of the Bass family tree, and working to the trunk and then to the roots. I will try and keep on course. This writing will deal with the tips and small branches. The limbs and larger branches come later.
Aunt Janie, born in 1903, was the third oldest child in the Joe and Josephine ( Odom ) Bass family. Her husband Howard Boyette, born in 1895, was a successful Sampson County farmer . Together they had seven children, four boys and three girls. Thomas, who moved from the farm to Raleigh with wife Mabel Elks, both deceased, had no children. Ernest, wife Dorothy Pauline King, both deceased, had two children. Ernest operated a furniture store in Clinton for many years. In World War II Ernest was in the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France, June 6, 1944. After D-Day, he was assigned to a graves registration unit. It was gruesome work consisting of digging up graves to search for dog tags and identify the bodies in the graves. Leon, deceased, served in the US Army. He owned and operated Leon’s clothiers in Clinton with the help of his wife, Inez Simmons, who is living and tries to help her son continue to operate the store, with a following of reliable customers. They had two children.
Edith, their first daughter , married and moved to Fayetteville. Her husband, Wilbur Breshears, was a physical therapist . Both are deceased. They had two children .
Nadine , the second daughter , now lives in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia outside the village of Aroda . Her husband Bennett Ray Lohr, a former manager of Eagles 5 & 10 cent store in Clinton, returned to his beloved valley, where they raised one child.
Then there was Josie Bell who lived only 18 months.
John Everette, the youngest , still resides next to the old home place. He retired from the ABC store in Faison. He and his wife Jerusa Tart, deceased, had two children. The son died a few years ago. Their daughter is a nurse at Sampson Regional Medical Center. He can be seen taking walks with his trusted cane along the country roads near his home.
Aunt Janie lost her first husband, Howard, at the early age of 41 in 1936. . She married Albert King in1942. He died in 1965. They had one daughter , Joann, born in 1943 who married Sammy Harris . Joann died in 1995. They had two children.
An interesting side note. Nadine, H.J. ( Pete) Uncle Hubert’s son ,and I were in the same class at Halls school in the Kenner community of Sampson County for 11 years. I do not believe the teachers were ever aware of this. There were only 20 in the class and three were first cousins.
This family saw many hardships, and pitfalls, but managed to continue life as a journey with excitement and pleasures.
I will add a personal note, about the many summers my sister, brother,and I helped this family harvest their tobacco crop. The pay was minimal, but the dinners were remarkable. Aunt Janie loved her tea very sweet, and thought you should have yours just as sweet. She would “fry up” some of the best chicken ,pork, and beef in the world, with all the vegetables you would want. You could not leave the table without a delicious piece of pound cake, blueberry pie or other dessert. You went away full and satisfied. You had to rest for a few minutes, before going back to the tobacco barn ,and field to finish your days work.
It is difficult to stay on task of following the Bass family history, when you can get sidetrack with such good memories. I’m sure the editor will remind me, should I get carried away with too many memories and details .