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100 Branchview Drive NE
PO Box 344
Concord, NC 28025
Phone: 704-786-3168
Fax: 704-782-5766
Samuel Bass

Samuel Mark "Sam" Bass

Monday, November 20th, 1961 - Saturday, February 16th, 2019
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Motorsports artist and designer Samuel Mark “Sam” Bass, 57, died on the morning of Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, after a long illness.

Sam’s love of stock car racing was born when the six-year-old met NASCAR legend Bobby Allison at Virginia’s Southside Speedway and joined the popular driver’s fan club. From that moment, the Hopewell, Va., second-grader dreamed of combining his love of stock car racing with his natural talent for illustration.

Sam is survived by his wife Denise W. Bass; daughter Kendyl Madison Bass; son Samuel Mark Bass Jr.; mother Peggy A. Bass of Concord, N.C.; father David H. Bass of Colonial Heights, Va.; and brother Richard A. Bass. In addition to numerous relatives and close personal friends, Sam had many fans worldwide. Sam was also an accomplished and passionate musician.

A service to celebrate his life will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, February 21 at Rocky Ridge United Methodist Church in Concord. The family will greet friends following the service in the fellowship hall until 1:30 pm. A private burial will be held for the family

The family has asked that—in lieu of flowers—donations be made to Rocky Ridge United Methodist Church, 1428 Old Charlotte Rd. SW, Concord, NC 28027; Motor Racing Outreach (MRO), 5555 Concord Pkwy. S., Ste. 405, Concord, NC 28027; and the Flood Sisters Kidney Foundation, P.O. Box 394, Chappaqua, NY 10514.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 21st, 2019 |
    Thursday, February 21st, 2019
    Rocky Ridge United Methodist Church
    1428 Old Charlotte Road SW
    CONCORD, NC 28027
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    In the fellowship hall following the service until 1:30 pm
  • Service

    Thursday, February 21st, 2019 | 11:00am
    Thursday, February 21st, 2019 11:00am
    Rocky Ridge United Methodist Church
    1428 Old Charlotte Road SW
    CONCORD, NC 28027
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Douglas muller

Posted at 11:01am
I am sorry for your loss Denise

I was Sam's best friend in second grade and saw his love for nascar and his artwork starting.

I have found memories of Sam and fond memories of going to school with you Denise.

So sorry for your loss Denise you two were a great couple

Carolyn Epps Kent

Posted at 06:42pm
Jeff and I are so sorry to hear of Sam's passing. Know our love, thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time! We have many fond memories.

Amanda and Daniel Coleman

Posted at 04:42pm
We are so deeply saddened to hear of this news about our very close friend. He loved us like we were family. Always a wonderful soul and we are sad to hear of his passing. We love you!!!

Richard C Chandler

Posted at 04:35am
It is with heavy hearts that we have lost Sam @ such an early age. I met Sam bass with my son Matthew in Winston Salem for the Wayne T. Robertson Preview in 1999 when viewing all the NEW Winston Cup Series Race Car Paint Schemes. He was a real gentleman and always had that original Sam Bass smile. I have several autographed paint schemes for race cars including Jeff gordon's 2000 #24 Paint Scheme with the flames on it. Plus Sam signed a picture of him in 2000 one of the last years they had the Preview @ the Lawrence Joel Veterans Coliseum in Winston Salem NC. He was a remarkable person and artist. He never forgot a face even if it had been a year or 2 since he saw you. Sam will be greatly missed but his legacy will never be forgotten.

P.S. My family will pray for Sam and the entire Bass Family and the NASCAR Family as well.I worked Fire/Rescue & EMS @ both Rockingham NC North Carolina Motor Speedway & Darlington SC for 14 years had many conversations with Sam.

May God Bless
Richard & Pamela Chandler
Fayetteville NC 28303

John, Barbara, and Kaitlyn Bradley

Posted at 07:43pm
We are so fortunate to have known Sam. He was such a kind, generous, and caring person. He possessed the most genuine smile which is how he always greeted us. Whenever we stopped by his studio he always took time to chat with us or show us around. Each piece of art was evidence of his incredible talent and the love that he had for his work. Denise, Kendyl, and Mark are the true testimony for what a wonderful and loving husband and father Sam was. For all who knew Sam or called him friend, we are the testimony for what a wonderful and kind-hearted person he was. Sam will be greatly missed by all who were blessed by knowing him. Our hearts ache with sadness as we pray for the Lord to comfort Denise, Kendyl, Mark, and the rest of his family. May God bless you all.

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Here is my favorite photo of Sam, which I took in October 2005. At the time I put this piece together, Sam was very proud of his two striped Mustangs, a 2005 GT and a 1972 notchback. He was an amazing talent, a very generous person, and a great audience for my jokes.