On February 8, 2021, Herschel Bass, beloved gospel preacher, died at the age of 92 years and 5 months. (Luke 16:22; Luke 23:43). Much more could be said of Herschel than space permits. If God were writing the book of Hebrews today, He might add Herschel and Harriet’s names to the list we know as Hebrews 11, named by many as the faith chapter of the Bible. God might say, “By faith Herschel and Harriet Bass upon reading 2 Timothy 2:2, believed my word, and taught it to others to the saving of many souls”.

Herschel had a library which excelled most preachers, and he knew what was in the books. His knowledge was superior to most. However, one would never know it because he did not flaunt it. He was a humble and gentle man. If Herschel had a fault, and he did (Romans 3:10, 23), it was in his humility. He always remained in the background. This writer was blessed to be with brother Bass frequently in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Herschel could have rubbed shoulders with the most knowledgeable in the brotherhood, but his humility drove him to be with others. Herschel made others feel important. He could have been out front, but he chose to push others forward, remaining quietly in the shadows. He was embarrassed when he was praised. Like Franklin Camp said at the Freed-Hardeman Lectureship, when a dinner was given in his honor, and when many speakers praised him, “Whatever glory has been conferred upon me, I take it all off and lay it at the foot of the cross”. That was the faithful gospel preacher those who truly knew Herschel saw. In fact, could Herschel speak today, he would say, James, thank you, but you are too kind.

On two occasions while at Piedmont, Alabama, preachers conducting gospel meetings got sick. Brother Bass called this writer and asked him if he would fill in. This was done one night for brother Chapman, and three nights for brother Harris. Brother Bass could have done a much better job, but his humility and encouragement led him to do otherwise. The church then invited the writer to conduct a gospel meeting, without doubt at Herschel’s suggestion. The writer was invited to preach in a meeting where David preaches, most likely because of Herschel.

, but by no means least, Herschel and Harriet trained Trish, Mark, and David well. The boys (men) are faithful gospel preachers. Trish is the image of her mother in so many ways. These parents were so proud of them, and rightly so.

Prayer:  God, give us more men and women like Herschel and Harriet Bass.


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