Merline Bass, 1941-2016

Merline Bass

Merline Bass

Merline Bass, 74, of Little Rock, passed away July 25, 2016.

She was a loving mother, wife, sister and friend. She was always considered the “caretaker of the family,” a faithful long-time member of the Holy Temple Cathedral Church of God in Christ as an active church mother and choir member who served in church administration.

Merline is preceded in death by her husbands, Cornelius James Roberts and the Rev. William Harry Bass Sr., an ordained United Methodist elder who served in both the Little Rock, Wisconsin and North Arkansas Conferences; her parents, Porter Woodbury Sr. and Ida Lee Woodbury; and a brother, Porter Woodbury Jr.

She leaves memories with her children, Carl Roberts, Edward (Bryndalyn) Roberts, Simone Ajaero (Theon) Barnes, Christopher (Stacy) Roberts, and Stephanie (Myron) Bass Jackson; siblings, John (Emma) Porter Woodbury, Mary L. (Warren) Dotson, Gertrude (Joseph) Brown and Charles (Eddie Mae) Woodbury; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a host of family and friends who will miss her dearly.

Services were held Saturday, Aug. 6, at Holy Temple Cathedral Church in Little Rock.