Reflections of the Life of
Freddie “Smokey” Bass
Freddie Leon Bass was the second child of fifteen born to the late Erma Lee Ewell-Smith and the late Willie James Bass when he arrived on March 4, 1955 in Newellton, Louisiana.
Freddie accepted Christ at a young age at Shackleford Baptist Church, where he was also a faithful member. Freddie received his formal education in the Louisiana Public School System, beginning in Newellton, Louisiana, and finishing in Tallulah, Louisiana.
Freddie was a hard-working man who enjoyed working and building with his hands. He was a personal assistant to Lynn Goss industries for many years. He was also a transporter and assistant farmer to Gary P. Jones. He had his own lawn service business with his longtime friend and business partner, John Randle. He also worked for Yates Construction, and from there he retired.
Freddie traveled many places around the country and the world during his life through work and leisure. He was a family man who loved being surrounded by loved ones and spreading his infectious smile to others. He was a true outdoorsman; he enjoyed fishing, hunting, and leisurely country living.
He married his wife of nineteen years, Bertha Bass, on April 29, 2000.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Erma Lee Ewell-Smith, father, Willie James Bass, sister, Sharon Smith, grandson, Courtney Dickerson, Jr., and niece, Yolanda Ewell-Stewart.
He leaves behind to cherish his wonderful memories: his wife, Bertha; his children, Shewanda (Carl) Harris of Fort Worth, TX, Freddie L. Burns Sr. of Tallulah, LA, MaNasha Denise Bass of North Richland Hills, TX, Freddie (Vera) Richardson Sr. of Bedford, TX, Mitchell E Dickerson Sr. of Fort Worth, TX, and Courtney Dickerson Sr. of Arlington, TX; sisters, Lessie Mae Carter and Patricia Ewell of Rayville, LA, Easter Jackson of Arlington, TX, LeTangela Ewell of Newellton, LA, Vickey (Jimmy) Crockett and Stacey (Shun) Allen, Angela Ewell all of Tallulah, LA, Brenda Lee (Preston) Walker, and Sheila Nicole Bass both of Flint, MI; brothers, Floyd Ewell, Arthur (Annette) Ewell, Gregory (Makesha) Smith all of Tallulah, LA, Steven Smith and Michael Smith of Tulsa, OK, O’Brian (Gabrielle) Smith of Monroa, LA, Dennis Earl Bass and James Bass Jr. of Flint MI; his aunts, Eddie Mae (Ben Sr.) Battles of St Joseph, LA, Shirley Watson and Denise Holcomb both of Newellton, LA; and uncles, Michael (Demetria) Bass, and Richard Bass both of Newellton, and Donnie (Gabrielle) Bass of Germany. Along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, grand-children and great-grandchildren. Special acknowledgment to his special aunt and uncle Michael and Demetria Bass ;and a special brother-in-law, Curtis Lewis.