Larry LaVanda Bassett

Published 5:17 pm Friday, June 26, 2020

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April 16, 1960 – June 23, 2020


Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. — John 14:1-3

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NATCHEZ — Private graveside services for Larry LaVanda Bassett, 60, of Dallas, TX, formerly of Natchez, who died Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in Mesquite, TX will be Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at the Natchez National Cemetery with Pastor Johnson officiating.

Burial will follow at the cemetery under the directions of West Gate Funeral Home.

Larry was born April 16, 1960, in Natchez, the son of Thelma Bassett Henry and Eli Washington. He was raised by his uncle Isiah Harris (Dad) and aunt Leola B. Harris (Mom). Larry was a 1979 graduate of North Natchez Adams High School. After graduating, he attended Delgado Community College in New Orleans. He served twenty-three years in the United States Army and was retired from the United States Postal Service after thirty-five years.

He is preceded in death by his birth mother, Thelma Bassett Henry; stepfather, Warren Henry; his paternal and maternal grandparents; father-in-law, Amos Minor, and other relatives.

Larry leaves to cherish his memories, a devoted wife, Delores Minor Bassett; a loving father, Eli (Hilda)Washington; two brothers, Gregory (Sheree) Bassett and Maurice Washington; two sisters, Dionne Washington, Dewanda Washington; three bonus sisters, Debra Bassett Harris, Dontrell Guy, Wendy Williams; uncles, Webb Bassett and Joe (Shirley) Washington; aunts, Leola B. Harris and Julia Washington; special friend, Tyrone Phillips, special brother-in-law, Kenyata Minor, Sr., a dear and one of a kind mother-in-law, Evangelist Carrie Minor, six godchildren, Shakina (Eric) Williams, Damion Colston, Shalunda (Mere) Stribing, Kendrail “Pippy” (Adrienne) Reed, Kenyata Minor, Jr., Kiley Kenyata Minor; three special cousins, Walter (Sandy) Bassett, Calvin Bassett, Annette Stevenson; two nieces, Daytona (Nick) Bassett, Jaytana (Jordan) Alexander and a host of cousins, other relatives, army buddies, postal co-workers, friends of sports, and members of the Class of 1979.

The family requests that no flowers be sent.

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