Obituary | Vennis Travis Bass, Jr.

hirschVennis Travis Bass, Jr., age 66, of Jefferson, Texas, died peacefully at home and went to be with our Heavenly Father on Friday, March 29th, 2019.  He was surrounded by his family.  Travis was born April 5, 1952, in Olla, Louisiana, to Vennis Travis Bass and Daisy Watson Bass.

Travis grew up in Ida, Louisiana, and attended North Caddo High School. He attended Louisiana Tech University, pledged Pi Kappa Alpha, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree.  It was there he met and married the love of his life, Candy Sutton of Gibsland, Louisiana.  She was his wife for 46 years.

After working for Dresser Industries (Haliburton) in oilfield sales for 20 years he established Bass Oilfield Sales and Service of Bossier City, Louisiana.  After 20 successful years as owner and operator, he retired to his farm in Jefferson, Texas, which became his paradise on Earth.

Travis was a resident of Bossier City for over 30 years.  He served six years in the U.S. Airforce Reserve.  He was a Master Mason, a member of The Scottish Rite, and an El Karubah Shriner.  Travis was a member of First Baptist Bossier.  He was a volunteer coach in community sports and he enthusiastically enjoyed and supported his own children’s passions of sports, quail and duck hunting, and dance.

Travis never met a stranger and his positive impact on others has been acknowledged by many.  He embraced life fully and was known for his authentic sense of humor, quick wit, infectious laugh, and above all else, his kind and compassionate spirit.  Devoted to his family, he found joy in every day with them, his animals, nature, and his Faith.  This joy continued even in his final stage of life.  His passion for living and loving will carry on through his children and future grandchildren.

Travis was preceded in death by his mother and father.  He will be forever and lovingly remembered by his wife Candy, and their precious children, Danny and Shelby and her husband Lee Hirsch, by his mother-in-law Mary Katherine Sutton, by his sister Pat Richardson and husband Jerry, by his brother-in-law Fred Sutton, and by his nephews J.P. Richardson and Matt Richardson and their families, and by his nieces Autumn Meaney and Grace Murphy and their families.  Travis will also be forever and fondly remembered by his extended family and friends.

At the request of Travis, his body will be donated to Life Science for the advancement of cancer research.  A Celebration of Life honoring Travis will be held at a later date.  Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, or church of choice.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the nurses and staff at Texas Oncology of Longview, Texas, Dr. Larry Frase, Dr. Carl Earnest, Dr. Gautam Baskaran, and Lifecare Hospice for their support in the final days.

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8 thoughts on “Obituary | Vennis Travis Bass, Jr.

  1. Candy, I was so sorry to hear of Travis’s earthly passing. Please know that you, Shelby and Danny and all of your families are loved and prayed for. I know you have a lifetime of wonderful memories in your heart and mind that can never be taken from you! ❤️


  2. Candy and children, our deepest condolences on your loss. Travis was a remarkable man and it was our pleasure to have met him. Ron and Billie Unik, Pittsburgh, PA


  3. The Weaver-Manning family sends all of our love to the Bass family. We are so sorry for your loss and wish you all strength, love and light during this most difficult and sad time. Love to you all, Alison, Alison, Oona, Allegra and India


  4. I am praying for all of you and your loved ones. I am so sorry for the loss of your husband, father, and best friend. Love to all of you!


  5. Candy I am sorry for you loss. No words will I be able to say will make it better I know I have been there in your shoes. Just keep your faith in the Lord to carry you each day. Praying for you and your family.
    Laura Davis Page


  6. Oh, Candy, Darryl and I are so very sorry for your loss. We are praying for you and your family. Travis touched many lives and his memory will live on in others.
    Judy and Darryl Kendrick


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