Leslie “Jim” Basnight

In Memorial

In Loving Memory of Leslie James Basnight, Jr.
February 17, 1938 – March 2, 2014

Jim as he is known to all of his friends and family, died at home after an eight month battle with cancer. Jim grew up in Princess Anne County VA., graduated from Princess Anne High School and joined the Army as a reservist where he served seven years. He enjoyed a 30 year career in highway construction throughout the Tidewater area of Virginia. Afterwards he settled in Kill Devil Hills, NC, where he founded Basnight Appliance and Lighting, and later Carolina Billiards, finally retiring five years ago.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Jean Rawlings Basnight; a daughter Robin Wyatt; a son, Les Basnight and wife, Mary Kathryn; four grandchildren, Capt. Zack Basnight, Tiffany Wilder, Ashley Basnight, and Duncan Walser; and one great grandchild, Alia Wilder.

Jim was an active member of Outer Banks Presbyterian Church. He will truly be missed by his family and many dear friends. We would like to thank David, Joey, and all other family members and friends for their love, support and prayers.

Services will be Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Outer Banks Presbyterian Church,907 South Croatan Highway, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Outer Banks Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 2199, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948.

Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.twifordfh.com.

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  1. cathy chapin

    I am so sorry for your loss. It has been a long and tiring journey but Mrs. Gene has and is always going to be strong and very courageous. (Mr. Jim too). I speak for everyone at Universal, north raleigh when I say Mr. Jim will truely be missed. I cherish every moment I had to spend with him and Ms. Gene. And I will still be down to visit in the summer. Love you guys!

  2. Brandi & Jeff Rheubottom

    Ms. Jean,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Mr Jim will really be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Please let us know if you need anything.
    Jeff, Brandi, and Sydney Rheubottom

  3. Doris and Ronald Woodington

    Dear Jean:
    We were so sorry to hear about Jim. We know you and he had a long and loving marriage together, and Jim being so well respected, will be missed by all. We love you and our prayers go with you and your family.

  4. Dorothy W Poczekaj

    May God be with you in your time of sorrow. I will miss Jimmy very much.
    my prayers are with you and your family.
    please let me know if you need anything.
    love peanut

  5. Loretta & Jack Fertal

    Dear Jean,
    Words cannot adequately express our sorrow for your loss. Will continue to keep you and your family in our prayers.
    Loretta & Jack Fertal

  6. Bill and Mary Ann O'Prandy

    Dear Jean,
    We are so very, very sorry to hear of your loss. Jimmy was a good person and we always enjoyed his company at our gatherings, he had a beautiful smile and disposition to match it. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family, and if you need anything do not hesitate to call on us. We love you. Bill and Mary Ann

  7. Carlton R. Woodington

    Dear Jean,
    I am with you in your time of morning,
    Jim was your friend, lover. and hero.
    He is surely missed, and remembered by us all. If you need, I’ll try my best.
    Love be to you.

  8. Ronnie Mann

    Dear Jean,
    It is with a heavy heart that I send my love and prayers to you. It is a sad time to lose a cousin I grew up with and I know the loss of Jimmy will leave a void in your life. We can be comforted, knowing that he is not with our Lord and beyond suffering.

  9. Delores Spence

    I was so sorry to hear of your loss. You both have fought a long battle. May you find comfort and peace, knowing that you shared many wonderful years together. He is now at peace. Love to you and the family.

  10. Betty and Jimmy Long

    Jean, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. I know that your journey through all of these past months has been long. Please take good care of yourself.

    Betty and Jimmy Long

  11. John Combs

    Les and Family:
    I was very sorry to hear of your fathers passing. I enjoyed seeing him at our yearly company golf outing in Myrtle Beach. I know he will be truly missed. Please know you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  12. Nancy Maxwell

    Jeanie Beanie, I know exactly what you have and are experiencing. You and Jimmy have been the best of friends to Don and me. What great memories. Love to the entire family and I can just imagine that round of golf that is being played in Heaven. Peace be with you.

    Nancy Maxwell

  13. Charles and JoAnne Woodington

    Jean Ray we were so sorry to hear about Jim. We will keep you and your family in our prayers. I talked to uncle Harvey last night and he said he was almost back in town. Hope to see you soon.

  14. Kay Kenwall

    Jean, There are miles separating us but you have to know I am with you in thought and prayer. We send our love to you , Les and Robin and all of your family. Jimmy was a good man and I know he will be missed by all that knew him. Take care of yourself, love Kay and Ken

  15. Norma Davin

    Mrs. It is with a heavy heart that I send my sincere sorrow to hear of Jimmy’s passing. You guys fought a rough fight. He is at peace now and prayers are being sent up for comfort for you my dear friend. I so wish I could come over there and hug your neck. One day. Miss and love you so very much. Ms.

  16. Roger and Glenda Woodington

    Jean and family, We are so sorry to hear of Jim’s illness and passing. As you celebrate his ascension please know our hearts are with each one of you. We are out of town and not able to be at the memorial service but you will be in our prayers. Sharing tears for your loss and sending love and hugs.
    Roger and Glenda

  17. David and Dorlene Evans

    Dear Jean and Family,
    Dorlene and I are sorry about Jim. We will certainly keep you and all your family in our thoughts and prayers.


  18. Ginger and Charlie Griffith

    Dear Jean and family,
    I’m so sadden with the news of Our Jimmy’s untimely death. Our cousins were so close when, as children, we went to Grannie’s every Sunday, we all played together waiting for something special out of the kitchen. I wish I could be with you on Saturday, but I am still recovering from serious back surgery. I will be there in spirit and will be praying for God to comfort you. Sending you our love and deepest sympathy.

  19. Ana

    I am so sorry for your loss. Although, I do not know your family personally, I would like to share some encouraging thoughts from the Bible. The Bible provides comfort during these difficult times. Revelation 21:3-4 states, And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away. Very soon now, we will never experience losing our loved ones in death. May these words give you a new hope.

  20. Mickey Woodington Bunn

    Dearest family, Jean, I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  21. Hamish & Moira Proudfoot

    Dear Jean, We were very sorry to hear your sad news. Our deepest sympathy to you & your family.

  22. Paul Thatcher

    Dear Jean and Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sending you our heartfelt sympathy and pray that God gives you all Strength. Paul Thatcher and Family.

  23. Nancy Naigle

    My heart is heavy for your family and friends, and I’m praying that the good memories rush forward and help you through each day to come.
    With love,

  24. Jason Evans

    Dear Jean, Les and Robin, I have known your family for most of my life and have so much respect for Jim. I still can’t beleive he is gone and I count it a blessing that I was able to play piano for his funeral service. Much love goes to you all as you face the days ahead! If there is anything I can do for you, please let me know!

  25. Lili Walker

    Dear Mrs. Basnight, Les and Robin,

    I am so deeply saddened to learn today about the passing of Mr. Basnight. Please accept my prayers for your peace and healing at this difficult and painful time.
    Love to you all,

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