Eastern Gate Memorial Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens
1985 West Nine Mile Road, Pensacola, FL
William E. Bassett Sr.
April 18, 1937 – May 30, 2019
William "Bill" Earl Bassett, Sr, 82, passed away Thursday, May 30, 2019 after a courageous battle with cancer. Bill was a native of Mobile, Alabama and graduated from Murphy High School (1955). He was a loving father and husband and a Christian.
He was preceded in death by his parents George and Bonnie Bassett; son, Shane; brother, Richard; and his wife Carolyn. Bill served in the Army receiving training as a medic and paratrooper. Later, he made over 1,000 jumps as a skydiver into regional sporting and community events.
While he made his home in Pensacola, Bill always considered himself a Mobilian. He was in every way a true “Southern Gentleman” and his Bama roots ran as deep as the Crimson Tide.
Bill worked in banking most of his life, starting as a cashier. Through his dedication and perseverance, he quickly ascended to the executive ranks, achieving the position of president with several financial institutions. He had a long and distinguished career prior to his retirement.
Two of Bill’s passions were history and travel. He and Carolyn would explore Bruges, Brussels, Amsterdam, Paris and London. Domestically, both enjoyed vacationing to New York, the Pennsylvania Dutch Country, the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains, and Cajun Country. New Orleans was a second home and Mardi Gras parades were an annual occurrence. They traversed roads from the Gulf Coast to the Northeast, and spent countless hours driving through country sides and back roads with their trusty dog Jean. Bill loved all animals and supported animal rescues and sanctuaries throughout the USA.
Surviving family includes his sons: William Bassett, Jr (Eliza), Lowell Bassett (Deborah), and Robert Nabors (Anne); grandchildren Elizabeth Sweeney, Eric Sweeney, Jr., and Louis Bassett; great-granddaughter Lana Hawkins as well as many loving nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held at Eastern Gate Memorial Funeral Home on Wednesday, June 5 from 6 – 8 p.m. with funeral services at Eastern Gate Memorial Funeral Home on Thursday, June 6 at 11 a.m. Pallbearers are John Michael Bassett, Richard Bassett, Lowell Bassett, Bill Bassett, Robert Nabors, and Eric Sweeney, Jr.
Honorary pallbearers: “The Guys.”
Donations can be made to the Pensacola Humane Society, Escambia County Animal Shelter, or the ASPCA
George and Bonnie Bassett - Father and Mother
Shane - Son
Richard - Brother
Carolyn - Wife
William Bassett, Jr. (Eliza) - Son
Lowell Bassett (Deborah) - Son
Robert Nabors (Anne) - Son
Grandchildren - Elizabeth Sweeney, Eric Sweeney, Jr., and Louis Bassett.
Lana Hawkins - Great-Granddaughter
William also leaves behind many loving nieces and nephews.
- John Michael Bassett
- Richard Bassett
- Lowell Bassett
- Bill Bassett
- Robert Nabors
- Eric Sweeney, Jr.
- Visitation Wednesday, June 5, 2019
- Funeral Service Thursday, June 6, 2019
William E. Bassett Sr.
Bill Bassett Jr
June 24, 2019
Dad was the best father you could hope for. He took care of my brothers and I from youth into adulthood and raised us the proper way. He taught us so much about life. He coached us in sports -- taught me how to pitch, catch and bat -- how to throw a football.
He reminded me to be a gentleman and the importance of integrity; about being loyal to family and friends and keeping your word. He counseled me in business and to learn from your success and failure. He reminded me to never give up just because something was difficult, because you find out what you're really made of when things are hard. He expected you to give your best -- always!
He prepared us to deal with life’s many challenges. Whether it was something small you might not think about – or a much bigger life issue, such as his own death and passing. No matter what, he was there to guide us. I called his wonderful words of wisdom – Dadisms Here are just a few examples:
Son, you need to understand something. You will never be perfect... but that does not give you permission not to strive for it.
I don’t care what they do... I'm not raising them, I'm raising you!
Those you hang around with, reflect on you.
Use a firm handshake whenever you meet someone.
Look people in the eye when you are talking to them.
You don’t quit!
Your integrity is one thing you can't get back if you lose it.
If you make a promise - keep it.
Life is not always easy. Sometimes you’re going to get knocked down; but don’t sit there on your behind feeling sorry for yourself! Get up, gather yourself, and get going to where you’re supposed to be.
I've learned much more from my failures than I have from my successes.
You’re always going to be busy, but take time for yourself now and then. Remember to make some memories with those you care about because time goes by much quicker than you can imagine.
*** Dad -- I will truly miss our conversations. Love, Billy
June 5, 2019
I had the pleasure to work with Bill at First American Bank and was always inspired by this drive and passion for the customer. His caring nature always shone through,but most of all Bill was fun to work with. I remember Bill bringing his pup Jean to work after we closed and by accident locking him in his office ,while little
Jean barked and scratched the door to free himself, Bill realized he had left the key inside the office. Bill loved that dog so much he called every locksmith he could get hold of , he finally got the dog out and also made sure to get a senior discount on the bill. Bill was a great banker and friend who will be missed by many because he helped so many people over his career.
June 1, 2019
Bill Bassett was not only one of my dearest and most loyal friends but, was a man of the highest integrity. If Bill said it, you could count on it. He was truly a Southern gentleman and was an absolute pleasure to socialize with or speak with via telephone. I was truly blessed to have him as a valued friend and the reality is, he was more like a father figure, always there for advice and guidance. To say I will miss him, is a gross understatement.
I never met anyone who didn't have a kind word to say about Bill.
We should all be that lucky.
Thank you Bill for your incredible loyalty and friendship!
You will NEVER be forgotten!
Rest Is Peace