Roller-Chenal Funeral Home

13801 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock

Phone: 501-224-8300

James Cooper Bass Sr.

Little Rock, AR

1937 - 2016

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Published: November 5, 2016

James Cooper Bass Sr., 79, died October 31, 2016. He was born on March 7, 1937 in Little Rock, Ark., to Walter R. Bass, Sr. and Mildred Walker Bass. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Patricia Newton Bass, children, daughter, Lynda Bass Gaiser (Norman "Jack" Gaiser) and son, James Cooper Bass, Jr., (Bonnie Bass), grandchildren, Kristina Carol Brown, (Aaron Brown) Robert Bass Gaiser, Savannah Leigh Gaiser and Jason Christopher Pontiff (Traci Johnson Pontiff) and great-grandchildren, Emmalee Rose Brown and Colton Wade Brown. Siblings Anne Fulk, Walter R. Bass, Sr., deceased, Claibourne W. Bass, Robert W. Bass, deceased, and Hugh M Bass.

Cooper's family has a long history in Arkansas. One ancestor was the commander at the Arkansas Post, Don Joseph Bernard Valliere D'Hauterive. In 1821 his 6th grandmother, Maria Toncray Watkins and her husband, Major Isaac Watkins, came to Arkansas Territory and in 1824 started the first church in Little Rock, which became First Christian Church in 1834.

Cooper was an Eagle Scout at age 14 and the Arkansas State Duncan Yoyo Champion in 1952. He was a Hendrix College graduate and did post graduate work at Memphis University and T.C.U.

A man of many talents, Cooper was a founding member of the Arkansas Ski Club with A.C. Lynch. He loved and restored Model As, and having worked for John Deere, he fell in love with antique Deere tractors, rebuilding and restoring several. As an avid hunter, Cooper traveled out west and to Canada, was a 57-year member of Caraway Deer Camp and founding member and owner of Long Shot Duck Club. After retiring as owner of an Aamco Transmission franchise, Cooper decided to get his pilot's license and bought a 1941 J-3 Piper Cub and totally restored it. "We stitched the wings."

Visitation on Saturday, November 5, at 1:00 and services at 2:00 at Roller Chenal Funeral Home on Chenal Parkway. Memorials may be made to First Christian Church on 1500 N. Mississippi Ave. Little Rock, Ark. 72205. Online guestbook:

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