Donald (Don) Wade Basinger, Sr. of Athens, passed away on Feb. 18, 2016.
Don was born in Anderson, S.C., on Aug. 28, 1923, and grew up in Hartwell. He was the son of Michael Herman Basinger Sr., and Jessiebelle Ashley Basinger. He was a graduate of The American Conservatory of Music in Chicago and attended William and Mary College in Virginia.
A member of the "Greatest Generation" Don served his country during World War II in the European campaign and was a part of the invasion at Normandy. Following the war he continued his education at The University of Georgia and graduated in 1951 with a BBA degree.
Don was a businessman in Athens for 40 years and loved being a part of the downtown community. He enjoyed all sports, but was an avid tennis player in his adult years and had a great love for Georgia football. He was a charter member of St. James United Methodist Church where he sang in the choir for many years.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers, Herman Basinger, Jr., and Richard (Dick) Allen Basinger both of Hartwell.
Survivors include his wife Ann Cordell Basinger; sons, Donald (Skip) Basinger, Jr. of Athens, and Michael (Mick) Basinger of Jacksonville, Fla.; daughters, Kim Basinger of California, Barbara Guyer (Gary), and Ashley Brewer (Joe) of Athens. He was also blessed with 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild along with several nieces and nephews.
Don will be sorely missed by his family. He had an extraordinary gift of humor that was loved by all who knew him. He told wonderful stories of experiences in his life and was such an encourager to others.
The Basinger family would like to express its sincere gratitude to Hollander Senior Living and Compassionate Care Hospice for their care of Don for the past nine months; to Ken and Kathy Grindle and Barbara Foster of Iris Place for their care and support for the three years that he resided there. A special thanks to Rick and Ruby Lumpkin for their friendship, love, and care for Don during his declining health.
Per Don's request, there will be no formal service held. His family will have a private memorial service at a later date. The family would like to request donations in Don's memory be made to Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Atlanta, GA www.angelsrescue.org or a charity of your choice.
Neptune Society, Atlanta, is in charge of arrangements.
(Published February 25, 2016 in The Hartwell Sun, Hartwell, Georgia)
Ann Cordell Basinger