Emory Pate Bass, born on 27 December, 1891, in Sumner, Georgia, became known as “the man who kept the fire alive in Washington” until Moody Air Force Base (closed from 1946-51) was reopened as a permanent base. He served in WWI as an officer and with Patten’s Third Army in Europe in WWII. Taking an active part in the American Legion, he served as State Commander in addition to serving as president of the local Rotary Club and as a two-term president of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce. He also headed the Emory Bass Company, a realty-mortgage loan business. His only son is Emory P. Bass, Jr. On May 4, 1971, he passed away in Valdosta.