Jan. 12, 1900 Creswell Washington County North Carolina, USA
Dec. 18, 1953 North Carolina, USA
He died at 8:30 pm from a heart attack. He was ill only two hours. The son of Henry Seaton Basnight and May Phelps Basnight. His parents moved to Harrellsville in Hertford County in the early 1900's, then moving to Ahoskie in 1915. His wife was Myra Benton Basnight. Like his father, he was one of the leaders in the growth and development of Ahoskie. He was an extensive landowner and farmer. He was chairman of the board of the W.H. Basnight and Company Wholesalers, one of the largest in Eastern North Carolina. He was a member of the Board of County Commissioners and had served on the Ahoskie Town Council a number of years. In the past, he had operated tobacco warehouses here. He was one of the prime movers in the building of Roanoke-Chowan Hospital by public subscription in 1944 and 1945. He had served as its president since its inception, He was treasurer of the Roanoke-Chowan Broadcasting Company, owners of Radio Station WRCS, which he helped to build. He served on a finance committee helping in the sale in stock for the location in Ahoskie of a needle industry. He also had been one of the leaders of a drive to locate in Ahoskie a second bank, the Planters National Bank and Trust Company. He was a member of the Ahoskie Methodist Church and served continuously in various official church positions most of his life and he was a member of the Ahoskie Masonic Lodge and of the Sudan Temple Shriners of New Bern.