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1SGT Alfred Maurice “Satch” Bassett

1SGT Alfred Maurice “Satch” Bassett

Greensboro, Henry County, Indiana, USA
Death 30 Jan 2011 (aged 86)
Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana, USA
Burial Unknown, Specifically: No burial information known at this time
Memorial ID 69317432 · View Source
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A legendary and long-time resident of New Castle, Alfred Maurice Bassett went home to be with his heavenly father on January 30, 2011, after an extended illness. He had been a resident of The Waters Nursing Home in Muncie for the past five years where he received excellent care.

Fondly known as "Satch," Mr. Bassett was born on October 28, 1924, in Greensboro, Indiana. He was the son of Marrita Bassett. Since his mother passed away at an early age, Mr. Bassett was raised by his grandparents, Miles and Agnes Bassett. He spent part of his early childhood in Spiceland, Indiana, where he attended Spiceland Elementary School and after moving to New Castle attended Weir School.

He confessed to Christ at an early age and was a member of Bethel A.M.E. Church where he served as a deacon and steward. He was a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the New Castle American Legion and the New Castle Mr. & Mrs. Club. He worked as a barber and at Firestone, Bob's Wrecker Service, Jack Joyner & Sons Construction, Chrysler, and Fred's Paving.

He joined the U.S. Army in the early 1940s and served in Europe during World War II. After serving four years of active service, he later spent an additional 28 years in the Indiana National Guard where he achieved the rank of 1st sergeant. He received many military honors including the prestigious Purple Heart and five bronze stars. He also received a coveted Army Retirement Saber Sword from the officers and men of A-Troop, 1-238 Calvary. He was recognized by the Indiana National Guard at many annual summer camps at Camp Grayling, Michigan, as the drill-cadence sergeant for the entire battalion. A true American patriot, he cherished being the cadence sergeant for the annual New Castle Memorial Day Parade; he performed this duty for 20 years. He was also the first drill team sergeant in Muncie.

He was united in marriage to the late Twila Louise Modlin in 1945. This union brought them 10 children. A devoted father and grandfather, Mr. Bassett valued family. He especially loved being around his children and grandchildren and created an atmosphere of love and fairness for all the people he met. He was known for opening his door to anyone who was in need and generous with whatever he had. With a natural twinkle in his eyes, one of Mr. Bassett's favorite activities was dressing up as Santa Claus during Christmas for little children. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, cooking, photography and entertaining. Because he wanted others to enjoy the outdoors as much as he did, he loved sharing his outdoors skills and experiences with others.

Mr. Bassett was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, wife (Twila), and two daughters (Madeline and Benita Merida) and two sons (Alfred Jr. and Tracy).

He is survived by four daughters Retta Wearren, Muncie; Charlestine Coates (Tony), Muncie; Mary "Mitzie" Bassett (Milton), Kokomo; Jennifer Cottman, Carmel, and two sons, Frederick Bassett, New Castle and Jeffrey Bassett (Sherrie), Richmond. He is also survived by one aunt, Emma Bassett, Indianapolis. He also leaves 16 grandchildren: Christopher Vargas, Frederick Bassett, Jr., Katrina Bassett, India Bassett, William Bassett, Preston Allen, Jr., Truannette Allen, Twila Allen, Shyritta Wells, Ceemila Wells, Tony Gates, Travis Bassett, Chelsea Cottman, Terrance Cottman, Josh Williams and Micaile Bassett. In addition, he had 43 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, cousins and a multitude of friends.

A viewing for Mr. Bassett will be on Friday, February 4, 2011 from 4-8 p.m. at Bethel A.M.E. Church, 1801 Shopp Ave., New Castle. A celebration of his life service will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 5, 2011 at the church.

Military Honors will be conducted by a contingency from U.S. Army, Indiana Army National Guard, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and American Legion.

Arrangements are being handled by Macer-Hall Funeral Home & Cremation Services in New Castle.

Online Condolences may be made at

Macer-Hall Funeral Directors: Sam Hall, Gary Hall, and Mike Ragan are honored to conduct the services.



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