Willie L. Bassett

Published 12:01 am Friday, October 31, 2014

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NATCHEZ — Services for Willie L. Bassett, 84, of Natchez, who died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at Natchez Community Hospital, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Jerusalem Baptist Church on Martin Luther King Jr. Road with the Rev. Walter Smith officiating.103114Willie Bassett obitpic

Burial will follow at Jerusalem Baptist Church No. 2 Cemetery in Kingston under the direction of Bateaste Memorial Funeral Home.

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Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 10 a.m. until service time Saturday at the church.

Mr. Bassett was employed by Orleans Parish School District. He was retired.

He was a member of Zion Chapel Baptist Church No. 2 where he served on the deacon board and was Sunday school superintendent.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Abraham Bassett and Addie Victory Bruce; his grandparents; his wife, Ernestine Green; one son, Willie Bassett Jr.; three brothers, Hugh Bassett, Walter Bassett and Roosevelt Bassett; one sister, Thelma Henry; and one sister-in-law, Emma Lee Bassett.

Survivors include his loving wife of 13 years, Betty Bassett; four children, Richard Bassett and wife, Lena, of Orlando, Fla., the Rev. Sedella Welch and husband, Leonard, and Calvin Bassett and wife, Cassandra, all of New Orleans, and Victoria Rice and husband, Brian, of Locust Grove, Ga.; one brother, Webb Bassett and wife, Doris, of Baton Rouge; one sister, Leola B. Harris of Natchez; one uncle, Willie Bruce of Port Allen, La.; one brother-in-law, Warren Henry of Natchez; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; extended family including five children, Denise Taylor and husband, Sgt. Major Taylor, of Sunset, La., the Rev. Phineas Turner and wife, Elenor, and Dwayne Turner, all of Dallas, the Rev. Samuel Turner of Fort Worth, Texas and Christopher Turner and wife, Felicia, of El Paso, Texas; 20 step-grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a special cousin-in-law, deacon Clarence Green; one cousin, James Smith; and a number of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.

Online condolences may be sent to bateastefuneralhomes.com.