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Pearl Anita Bass Harvey / August 22, 2019

Beloved mother and sister, Pearl Anita Bass Harvey, 86, died June 28, 2019. She was the daughter of the late David J. “D.J.” and Hazel Bucklew Bass and was born Aug. 31, 1932 in Jacksonville, Fla.

From an early age, Anita was a petite beauty blessed with lovely dark hair, dazzling green eyes and a smile and personality to match. She had a strong work ethic and labored endless hours for years, sometimes seven days a week, not only in public work, but also in businesses she owned. No matter what task she performed – designing an elaborate floral arrangements, chopping onions for the chili dogs or hemming a pair of pants for work – it had to be “right.”

From childhood, music was a part of Anita’s life. She had an accomplished voice and an ear for music, which enabled her to harmonize beautifully while singing with family members around the piano or at church. Whether it was Baptist hymns or popular compositions, her rendition was seemingly effortless.

No matter what name you knew her by – Anita, “Nita”, Mom or Mama – she was a true Southern lady. She never left the house without her makeup on and every hair in place, ate grits at any meal, drank her sweet tea from a Mason jar and never, never lost touch with her roots.

She was the mother of six children, grandmother of eight, great-grandmother of six and great-great-grandmother of two.

Surviving are Anita’s brother, Curtis Bass and wife Char; brother, John L. “Big Johnny” Bass and wife Axyta; and sister, Bonnie Bass Weitzel and husband Gene.
Surviving also are daughter, Mary “Snooks” Cook and husband Walter; son, Emory “Duke” Vaughan and wife Diane; daughter, Sandra “Sandy” Garcia and husband “Junior”; son, Lou Mobley and her daughter, Angela Wright. Additionally, “Nita” was survived by an abundance of cousins, nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death are her husband, Joseph Harvey; her sister, Eva Bass Coggins and husband “Junior”; brother, David E. Bass; her son, David “Dago” Vaughan; granddaughter, Julie O’Steen Jones and great-granddaughter, Miranda Jones.

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