Sylvia June Golden Bassett, 82, of Columbus died Tuesday, September 1, 2020, at her residence. The family will receive friends Saturday, September 5, from noon to 2:00 PM Eastern at Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, Macon Road Chapel. Funeral services will follow at 2:00 PM with Pastor Hubert F. Whitten III officiating. Internment at Parkhill Cemetery. Sylvia was born December 23, 1937 in Louisville, Mississippi, daughter of Willie Mae Kinard Golden and Plumer Golden, both deceased. Her maternal grandparents were Nancy Ann Williams Kinard and Joseph Milton Kinard. Her paternal grandparents were Georgia Alpharetta Bearden and Thomas Clarence Golden. She was a valedictorian graduate of Greenwood High School (FL) in 1955, Chipola Junior College (FL) in 1957 and Florida State University in 1959. Mrs. Bassett received her Bachelor of Science in Education, got married the next day to her parents' dismay, and taught English for one year at Campbellton High School (FL) before accompanying her late husband, Audrey Robert Bassett, Jr., to seven Air Force and Army bases over the next 26 years in Mississippi, Florida, the Philippines, Texas and Georgia, moving to Columbus, GA, in 1985. They were married 42 years. "Mama June" was a Christian, a beloved member and former adult Sunday School teacher of Chewacla Baptist Church in Opelika, AL, and a past member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Columbus, GA. June is survived by her only sibling, Patricia J. Golden Thompson of Lynn Haven, FL ("Dune" loves you, Pat); Brother-in Law, O. Earl McKinney, Jr.; three children and their spouses, daughter Deidre Ann Bassett Trimble and Donald R. Trimble, Jr. of Phenix City, AL; son David Vincent and Jeanette C. Bassett of Cedar Hill, TX; and son Michael Victor and Nancy R. Bassett of Plano, TX. Six grandchildren. From son David: Deborah Elizabeth, Jessica Marie, Abigail Katherine and Joshua Michael Bassett. From son Michael: Zachary James and wife Emily H. Bassett, and Stephen Robert Bassett; niece Starla C. Thompson of Lynn Haven, FL; great nephew, Dylan James Norris of Panama City, FL; first cousin Marjorie Kinard of Starkville, MS, and cherished Siamese cat, Samson. Flowers are welcome (purple irises, stargazer lilies and pink carnations were her favorite), but those so desiring may make contributions to Chewacla Baptist Church, Columbus Hospice, Inc., or John B. Amos Cancer Center.
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