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Clinton "Clint" Bass
Son of Mann and Mary Yates Mizell

Coralie Bass,Ruth llewellyn, Jeanette Hodges. Naomi Simpson

          Parents Of Coralie Wheeler

Nora Ida Hodges,  James Henry Stowell Wheeler

March 1964
   Clinton Bass, 64, of Boggy Creek, Kissimmee, founder of the Bass Dairy and member of a pioneer Central Florida family, passed away Monday morning after a lengthy illness.
   Born December 4, 1899, in Osceola County, the son of Mann Bass and Mary Nancy Yates Bass, he was a lifelong resident of the Kissimmee area.
   A veteran of World War 2, he was a member of Makinson-Carson Post Number 10, American Legion. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Florida Cattlemen’s Association, Farm Bureau and one of the organizers of the Silver Spurs organization.
   Funeral services were held at 4 o’clock Wednesday from the Grissom Chapel, with the Rev. C. H. Eiland officiating, assisted by the Rev. Jimmy R. Cox, Minister of the First Christian Church and the Rev. B. B. Williams, Minister of the First Methodist Church. Casketbearers Messrs. John E. Carroll, W. B. Llewellyn, Elwyn Myers, Bill Perry, Raleigh B. Rolls and Theodore Vickery. Presentation of the Flag at Osceola Memory Gardens courtesy Makinson-Carson Post Number 10, American Legion. Grissom Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
(Bass, Clinton - b. 12/4/1899 d. 3/4/1964)










Clint & Coralie had four children

As a Mizell family descendant who married and had children with a Barber, author Mary Ida Bass Barber Shearhart has a personal interest in the infamous Barber-Mizell Family Feud. Florida s Frontier: The Way Hit Wuz is written as a compelling, action-filled novel set between 1841 and 1870, but is firmly based in historical fact. In addition to offering descriptions of pioneer life in Florida from running cattle, to making soap, to cane grinding, the author provides insight about the Spanish colonization of Florida, the Seminole Indian Wars, the Civil War, and other topics. The characters in this novel are real people portrayed with amazing detail and depth. This book joins Patrick Smith s A Land Remembered as a popular and informative must read Florida novel.










Child # 2  MARY IDA BASS


(Great Grandson of Isaac Joseph Barber, victim of Barber-Mizell Fued)


May 25, 1994
TALIHANA, OKLAHOMA — MR. BARBER, Route 2, Talihana, Okla., died Monday, May 23. He was a rancher. A member of a pioneer Osceola County family, he was born in Kissimmee, the son of William I. and Mae Belle Patterson Barber. He had been a lifelong resident of Osceola County before moving to Talihana in 1980. He was a Presbyterian. He was a veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Silver Spurs Club. Survivors: daughters, Mary Nancy Barber, Kissimmee, Virginia Kay McLamb, Athens, Ga.; sons, William Clinton, Stephenville, Texas, Thomas Leon, Aledo, Texas; sisters, Dr. Virginia B. Simmons, Rosemary McCutcheon, both of Kissimmee; 12 grandchildren. Grissom Funeral Home, Kissimmee.

Child # 3  NED HUGH "Buddy" BASS

September 30, 2003|By Christine Selvaggi Baumann, Special to the Sentinel
Ned Hugh "Buddy" Bass was the epitome of old Florida.

The seventh generation in his family to be born in Florida, Bass was well-known for his homemade cow whips and breezy renditions of bluegrass music.

He respected the land where he grew up, milking cows, tending orange groves and mapping swamps. He had a passion for hunting that grew from his childhood during the Great Depression, when his take of quail, rabbit and squirrel often was the only food his family ate.

"He loved to get out in the country," said Bass' twin sister, Mary Ida Barber Shearhart. "He was my only peer, so we'd pal around together."

Buddy Bass died Friday after battling cancer. He was 78.

Born in Kissimmee in 1925, Bass entered the Navy the day after graduating from Osceola High School in June 1943.

He was stationed on Wake Island in the north Pacific Ocean and used a new technology called sonar to detect submarines.

After his discharge in 1945, he married Christine Sharpe. They had four children and moved to North Florida.

In 1952, Bass left his job as a state cattle inspector and moved back to Central Florida to join his father and brother, the late Walter Van Bass, in opening a dairy farm.

When Clint Bass and Sons Dairy at Boggy Creek closed about two decades later, the Bass brothers opened Boggy Creek Campground on the same property.

The campground did not fare well and Bass, whose first wife had died, remarried, then left Florida for Apex, N.C.

He worked at a dairy farm, but tragedy struck again. Bass' second wife, Maude, and his mother, Coralie Wheeler Bass, died in a head-on collision with another driver in 1978.

Bass returned to Florida and began working with the excavation company his son, Quinton Bass, owned.

"He was a very special, very intelligent man," said Quinton Bass of St. Cloud.

In 1980, he married Jackie Sofio and moved to St. Cloud.

Bass played the fiddle and violin whenever he could and started a band with his brother. They named the band after the family's cattle brand, Heart H Boys. Also as a child, he played at the Grand Ole Opry in Tennessee.

Bass also wrote poems and, following his first wife's death, wrote about his own passing with a Florida drawl in his voice.

" . . . so when I leave this old world one day, I will only have one thing to say. Think of all the happiness that I had, the fine, full life and don't be sad. Think of me as 10 feet tall and remember me, then I'll be had it all."

Bass is also survived by his wife, Jackie Sofio-Bass of Kissimmee; daughters, Carolyn Williams and Mariella Grogan, both of Kissimmee, and Marilyn Thomas, of St. Cloud; and sisters, Mary Ida Barber Shearhart, of Kissimmee, and Kay Frances Johnson, of DeBary.

Grissom Funeral Home and Crematory in Kissimmee is handling arrangements.


Osceola pioneer known for fiddle playing, cow whips dies

By Sylvia L. Oliande News-Gazette Staff Writer


Ned Hugh "Buddy" Bass, a seventh- generation Florida cracker known around the county for his fiddle playing and for his famous handmade cow whips, died at his home on Sept. 26 after a brief illness. He was 78.


Family members describe Bass as a man who was passionate about reading and exploring nature, who saw most family and community social gatherings from behind his fiddle and who took pride in the heritage of the community as part of a pioneering Kissimmee family. "He was a good man, a good father," son H. Quinton Bass of Kissimmee said of how he believes his father would want to be remembered, "a man that provided for his family, worked hard all his life and was proud of his work."


Like many people of his generation who had little but the radio to occupy them during their leisure time, Buddy Bass started playing the fiddle at 4 years old. He formed a band when he was about 8 or 9 with his late brother Walter Van Bass, named the Heart H Boys, after the familyís cattle brand. The band was invited to play at the Grand Ole Opry with Roy Acuff when Buddy was about 14, and learned to play the original version of the "Orange Blossom Special" from Vassar Clements. Their recordings are currently preserved in the Library of Congress. Quinton said after the appearance in Tennessee, Buddy was encouraged to make music a career. But Buddyís mother, Coralee Wheeler Bass, intervened and told her sons to wait until after the boys got out of high school. By that time, though, the war had broken out and Bass had enlisted in the Navy, serving on Wake Island in the North Pacific, testing new sonar equipment designed to detect submarines. He pursued a career in animal husbandry instead of music after getting out of the armed forces, marrying and having children. Clint Bass and Sons Dairy was established in 1952, so named because father Clinton helped Buddy and Walter set up on Boggy Creek.


After the dairy closed, the brothers ran the Boggy Creek Campground and kept the place hopping with bluegrass music every Saturday night. Bass became a charter member of the Silver Spurs Riding Club, providing music for the clubís semi-annual rodeo, as well as family get-togethers and other social events. He also holds the record for the "Wild Cow Milkín" contest at the rodeo, where a team attempts to get a few drops of milk from a Brahman pasture cow rather than a mild-mannered dairy cow. "(It's) a fun event, which is all that the (early Silver Spurs) rodeos were," Quinton said.


Bass also used the knot tying and braiding skills he earned in the Navy to teach himself to make whips from buckskin and nylon. He continued to make them until about three years ago when his arthritis made it difficult, Quinton said. In the last 10 to 15 years of his life, Buddy Bass became engrossed in learning about the natural environment and heritage of Central Florida in general and Osceola County in particular. Buddy helped his twin sister, Mary Ida Barber Shearhart, conduct research and drew up maps of outlying areas and historical sites, including the Reedy Creek swamp, for her book "Floridaís Frontier: The Way Hit Wuz." 


The 1992 publication, written under the name Mary Ida Bass Barber, chronicled the cattle and range wars among several families from Osceola to Seminole. Quinton said his father was very interested in local history and geography, often doing interviews and talking to schools about the area. He also traveled a lot, walking and on horseback, over most of Central Florida. He said Buddy knew the area well and retained an amazing amount of information in his head, down to specific oak trees.


"Everywhere we went, he knew of the old names for the areas, what Indians were there. He knew the cracker name and the Latin name for every plant," Quinton said. ìHe was a walking encyclopedia.î Buddyís first wife and mother of his children, Christine Sharpe Bass, preceded him in death. In addition to his son and his twin sister, his wife Jackie Sofio-Bass of Kissimmee; daughters Carolyn Williams and Mariella Grogan, both of Kissimmee; and Marilyn Thomas of St. Cloud; sister Kay Frances Johnson of Debary; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren also survived Bass.

 Child # 4  Kay Frances Bass  Married Charles Alvin Johnson

JAMES WALTER VAN BASS, 74, Boggy Creek Road, Kissimmee, died Friday, Dec. 5. Mr. Van Bass was a retired dairyman, farmer and rancher. He was a lifelong resident of Kissimmee. Mr. Van Bass was a member of First Baptist Church. While serving with the Rangers in France and Germany during World War II, he received the Purple Heart. He belonged to Makinson-Carson Post 10 American Legion, Kissimmee. Survivors: wife, Margie L., Kissimmee; daughter, Sherry Lee Mesler, St. Petersburg; sons, Vance C., Kissimmee, Walter Kent, Pacific Grove, Calif.; sisters, Mary Ida Shearhart, Kissimmee, Kay Frances Johnson, DeBary; brother, Ned Hugh, St. Cloud; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. Grissom Funeral Home, Kissimmee.










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