James Lester Basye, 64, of Cassville, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2009, at the Veterans Hospital in Fayetteville, Ark. He was born on Sept. 13, 1944, the son of Richard and Velma (Anderson) Basye in Claflin, Kan. He was united in marriage to Eileen Demel on Aug. 14, 1965, in Hoisington, Kan. They moved to Cassville in 1975 to make their home.
He worked for Fasco Industries in Ozark for eight and a half years as the warehouse and shipping foreman before coming to Fasco-Cassville as a supervisor. He was a coach for the mighty mite football and baseball teams. He retired last year after 39 years of service at Fasco Industries. He was a United States Army Veteran having served in Vietnam and was a recipient of the Purple Heart. He was a member of the Irwin-Easley American Legion Post 118 of Cassville having served as past commander.
Survivors include: his mother, Velma Basye, of Larned, Kan.; his wife, Eileen Basye, of Cassville; three sons, David Basye, and his wife, Sheila, of Webb City, Daniel Basye, and his wife, Kayla, of Jenkins, and Daryl Basye, of Monett; one daughter, Diana Walters, and her husband, Mark, of Mt. Vernon; six brothers, Richard Basye, of Hoisington, Kan., Lewis Basye, of Smithville, Del Basye, of Dallas, Texas, Ronald Basye, of Waco, Texas, Dennis Basye, of Sedgwick, Kan., and Garlen Basye, of Alvin, Texas; two sisters, Janet Stephens, of Fairfax, Okla., and Janice Martin, of Larned, Kan.; and eight grandchildren.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by one brother, Marvin Basye; and two sisters, Roxye Basye and Alisa Basye.
Funeral services will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at the White Funeral Home in Cassville with Rev. James Stewart officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at the Corinth Cemetery in Cassville. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Irwin-Easley American Legion Post 118 and may be entrusted to the White Funeral Home.