Nov. 19, 1943 Birmingham Jefferson County Alabama, USA
Dec. 27, 2012 Peekskill Westchester County New York, USA
Lost a long and dignified battle with Cancer in Peekskill, NY Dec 27,2102
Born Reedie Bass on November 19,1943 in Birmingham Alabama older child of 3 sisters and 2 brothers, Reedie showed his sense of adventure and daring and hitchhiked to Chicago at the age of 15. A year later he again hitchhiked to New York to join his parents Evelyn and James Bass.
A few years later he met and married Dorothy Hendrix and had 3 children, Reedie Jr, Socorro. and Kevin Bass.
In 1967 Reedie relocated to Peekskill, NY where he has resided for nearly half a century. During this period, he married Carol Bass and raised their two children, Bobby and Ursula. Their marriage lasted until she passed away and some years laterReedie met and married Phylis Appleton.
Above all Reedie loved life and his family- especially his children, siblings, grandchildren, nieces and nephews and godchildren.
While in Peekskill Reedie was involved in various activities for young people. He led and participated in the BoyScouts of America program at the Mt Lebanon Church and he promoted activities for youth at the community center on Main Street in Peekskill
In an article in the New York Times:
Church Thriving In Outreach Mission To Neighborhood By MERRI ROSENBERG Published: October 13, 1996
Reedie is quoted:
''Black men should be taking care of young black men,'' said Pearl Woods, a Mount Lebanon member and the coordinator of the minority male youth empowerment project at the Peekskill Area Health Center, who first brought the two groups together. ''There are too many black women telling black men what to do. Through this program, we show them that there are strong men out there.''
For many members of the Men's Fellowship, returning something to the community is a fundamental expression of their Christian belief. Reedie Bass, a mentor for the Minority Male Youth Empowerment Project and a member of the church's men's chorus and Men's Fellowship, said: ''Singing doesn't mean anything if we're not going to reach out and help somebody. We have to find out their needs, and get them back where they should be.''
Reedie was a dedicated and active and valued member in AA where he was known as "Bass", and offered himself and his experiences to help many many people. He loved to attend and lead AA meetings in the Peekskill Group, the 12 and 12 group in Mohegon Lake and in Noon Unity in Yorktown.
As along time member of and patron of MtLebanon Church, he participated in men's choir and served in thechurch prison ministry.
Finally, Reedie Opened and managed many businesses including Carters Taxi Cab Co. Driving a taxi was one of Reedie's many passions and he used the taxi cab as a way to both earn money and be a help to others getting to their destinations often at a discount rate.
This is a man who totally turned his life around and for over 28 years lived as a power of example of faith, sobriety and service.
His life was celebrated in a Homecoming service at The Mt Lebanon Baptist Church January 3, 2013
Burial: Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Created by: Gene Baumwoll CSW Record added: Jan 04, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 103088072
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