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Marc Basnight

Posted By obits On December 30, 2020 @ 12:06 pm In Obituaries,Outer Banks | 70 Comments

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Former Senate President Pro Tempore Marc Basnight, the longest-serving legislative leader in North Carolina’s history, passed away peacefully and surrounded by his family Dec. 28, 2020, at his Manteo home. He was 73.

The youngest of seven children, Basnight came from a hard-working, humble family that valued community involvement and public service. First elected as District 1 state senator in 1984, he served 13 terms representing northeastern North Carolina in the Senate and nine terms as President Pro Tempore. He worked with five different Speakers of the House of Representatives and three different governors during his tenure as Senate leader before retiring in 2011.

After leaving the Senate he enjoyed spending time with family, especially as “Poppy” to his beloved grandchildren; continuing his voracious reading; chatting with customers and making sure everything was running smoothly at the Lone Cedar Café, the restaurant he opened with his family in 1996; cracking (mostly good) jokes as he loved to do with everyone; and driving around the beach to visit with friends or check on people in the community who were having a tough time.

Marc’s genuine love for his fellow North Carolinians and sincere curiosity about what they thought led to a uniquely personal approach to public service. What should have been a three-hour commute between Manteo and Raleigh often took him nearly twice as long, thanks to his stops at country stores, restaurants and barbershops along the way. He often drove to communities across the state, stopping at local businesses and historic sites to talk with people about their lives and opinions. Many a complete stranger was taken aback by his common practice of walking up, introducing himself and asking if there was anything they needed help with that day. And his Raleigh office came to expect that when he called in, he would often hand over his cell phone to a constituent who needed assistance. After hurricanes hit, he would drive to hard-hit areas to inspect the damage himself, using his phone to secure ice, water, bulldozers, medical help or whatever people needed.

This personal approach influenced the way he governed the Senate and ran his office. Basnight appointed Republicans as committee co-chairs while nurturing the next generation of Democratic state leaders, and worked with legislators of both political parties to build consensus on budget and policy issues. If a legislator of either party needed help with a constituent case, Basnight made his staff available to assist. His focus on constituent service – and frustration with bureaucracy and red tape – stemmed from his belief that government should work effectively and efficiently for every North Carolinian.

Basnight’s personal experiences also helped guide his legislative priorities. As natives of Roanoke Island, where generations fed their families and built their livelihoods from the bounties of the land of water, Marc and Sandy Basnight loved to take their daughters clamming and shrimping in the Sound. Marc understood the importance of conserving natural resources and the link between a healthy environment and a healthy economy. That link inspired his environmental initiatives, the most well-known being the Clean Water Management Trust Fund, created in 1996. The state’s first and only dedicated source of revenue to preserve environmentally sensitive areas and help communities improve water quality, the Fund has conserved more than half a million acres of land and has protected or restored 3,000 miles of streams and rivers throughout North Carolina.

Basnight also knew that a strong economy depended on a skilled workforce, and made higher education a top priority. He was instrumental in the passage of a $3.1 billion bond package in 2000 to help universities and community colleges build and repair critical facilities. Approved by more than 70 percent of the state’s voters, the bond package helped campuses statewide prepare for a population growth of 100,000 new students and was the largest single investment any state had made in higher education facilities.

In later years, Basnight continued to push for yearly investments in university facilities to improve instruction and research, especially in the areas of science, education, and medicine. He championed the North Carolina Cancer Hospital, which treats patients from all 100 counties, and created the University Cancer Research Fund, which invests more than $50 million annually in research on improving the prevention and treatment of cancer, a disease that affects one in three North Carolinians.

Basnight believed that every North Carolinian should have an opportunity to do well and be well, no matter their ZIP code or station in life. Coming from an isolated area of the state that was closer to Virginia than Raleigh, he focused on helping rural areas and small communities throughout North Carolina. In his first state government position – a 1977 appointment to the State Board of Transportation – he worked to improve roads and bridges in the northeastern part of the state.

As a senator, he made sure rural communities got their fair share of state resources, whether it was water-sewer bonds, transportation funding, public school funds for small counties, or economic-development incentives. Summers spent acting in The Lost Colony in Manteo was a family tradition for the Basnights, and his appreciation for the arts continued in his work at the legislature. He strongly supported historic and cultural arts funding for rural areas as a way to enrich communities, attract visitors and spur economic growth.

Though he worked tirelessly to help Dare County and the northeast, he declined many entreaties over the years to have roads, bridges and other projects named after him. The exception – and only after much convincing – was the replacement for the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet. Built in 1963, the Bonner Bridge was deteriorated, and replacing it with a new, safe bridge was something Basnight had pushed for years. In recognition of his efforts, the state named the new bridge in his honor, and the 2.8-mile Marc Basnight Bridge over Oregon Inlet opened in April 2019.

Marc’s love for North Carolina and Roanoke Island is second only to his love for his family. He is preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn “Sandy” Tillett Basnight; his father, Saint Clair Basnight; his mother, Cora Mae Daniels Basnight; his brother, E.J. Alford; and his sister, Sarah Owens.

He is survived by his daughters, Vicki (Amy) Basnight and Caroline (Allen) Basnight; his grandchildren, Brayden, Marc Crew, and Kennedy; sister Dotty Fry; sister Sally (Phil) Scarborough; brother Saint Clair (Bea) Basnight Jr.; sister Della Basnight; brother-in-law Bobby Owens; sister-in-law Candy (Will) Daniels; brother-in-law Hughes (Janice) Tillett; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A scholarship fund has been established in Marc’s name to provide young people with an opportunity to further their education. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Marc Basnight Scholarship Fund through the Outer Banks Community Foundation (https://www.obcf.org/marc-basnight-scholarship/). The family also asks that you consider planting a tree in Marc’s memory, as he enjoyed planting flowers, trees, and vegetables in his garden.

Due to COVID-19, a private burial service was held for the family. A public memorial will be held when Marc’s loved ones and fellow North Carolinians can safely gather together to celebrate his life and love for our state.

Twiford Funeral Homes, Outer Banks is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.TwifordFH.com.

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Condolence from John L. Risoldi Sr. on December 30th, 2020 12:37 pm

My prayers and condolences are with the Basnight family in this time of sorrow.

Thank you Marc for all you did for our county, state and country.

We will miss you !

Condolence from Joe and Ann Lamb & Family on December 30th, 2020 12:41 pm

Our heartfelt condolences are extended to the family and friends of Mr. Basnight.

Those we love don’t go away,
They walk beside us every day,
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear.

Condolence from Ginger Reber on December 30th, 2020 1:50 pm

Caroline,Vicki and family, my heart breaks for your loss. It’s a loss shared by many. Love you girls ! You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Faye Lewark Daniels on December 30th, 2020 2:26 pm

My thoughts are with you and your family at this time; may your memories bring you comfort.

“Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.” ~~ Eskimo Proverb

Condolence from Gail F Hutchison on December 30th, 2020 2:31 pm

As the Lost Colony alumni say, after hearing of someone taking their Final March, “You will be remembered.” Thank you for your tireless love for all North Carolinians and our beautiful state and county.
We will keep your sweet family close…
Rest well now…

Condolence from ELIZABETH PALMER on December 30th, 2020 2:43 pm

To the Basnight family. I am not a native North Carolinian, but I have been to the Outer Banks many time and have been interested in the local politicians; especially Mark Basnight. He has been a major asset to the Outer Banks. I was glad that they named the new bridge after him! He’s done so much for his constituency during his stay as Senator.
I pass my sincere condolences to his family and his constituency! He will sorely missed! God Bless!

Condolence from Judy and Coy Knight on December 30th, 2020 3:10 pm

May God wrap his arms around you and give you peace. Marc was an extraordinary man. There are many in the community who will deeply mourn his passing as his was a life of service, love, compassion and excellence.

Please accept our heartfelt condolences that we hope will help you through this difficult time.

Condolence from Vicki Daniels on December 30th, 2020 3:17 pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with Vicki, Caroline and all of the family as you work through this great loss. Marc was a wonderful man who will be missed by many.
With love and sympathy, Joey and Vicki

Condolence from Farley Peel on December 30th, 2020 3:25 pm

Sending our condolences and wanting you to know we are thinking about you, Vicki and Caroline during this difficult time.
We will miss seeing your Dad make his daily runs down Mother Vineyard each day. Always smiling and waving.
God bless you all and the Family

Linda & Farley

Condolence from Angie Brady-Daniels on December 30th, 2020 3:55 pm

Marc was a very special man and problem solver. It didn’t matter who you were or what your party affiliation was, he always took your calls and listened when you spoke. He was kind and worked tirelessly for our state residents and we will never forget. We send our live and condolences to the family.

Condolence from Beulah Ashby on December 30th, 2020 4:22 pm

So loved and respected this great man. Thank for all you did for our State and County. Love and prayers to all the family. Robert and Beulah Ashby

Condolence from Allie Harper on December 30th, 2020 5:14 pm

Marc Basnight served his community and his state. Politicians throughout the country could learn a lot from him. He understood that he was a public servant and a voice for fellow North Carolinians in Raleigh. He made an effort to listen to them. I know he helped many people who would never have received help including my dad. North Carolina and Dare County have lost their champion. God speed. May God’s peace and comfort surround his family at this time.

Condolence from Carm Hooper on December 30th, 2020 6:14 pm

Della B and family I am so sorry to hear of Marc’s passing. He always made me feel special when he called me “Cousin”. I pray the Holy Spirit will comfort each of you through the difficult days ahead.

Carm Hooper
Alvin, TX

Condolence from Dorita Ballance on December 30th, 2020 7:24 pm

Vicki and Caroline, your Dad was such a fine gentleman loved by many and will be greatly missed. I send my heartfelt condolences to all.

Condolence from Virginia, Johnny and Michael Tillett on December 30th, 2020 7:33 pm

Praying for peace and comfort to Marc’s family during this difficult time. Senator Basnight was a very Special man .. He was loved by me and my family. His guidance to my son Johnny will always be remembered.

Condolence from Holly Meekins Williams on December 30th, 2020 8:14 pm

To all of Marc’s Family – You are in my thoughts and prayers in your time of grief and loss. Marc demonstrated on a daily basis the importance of working together to make good things happen. He was kind and compassionate and a positive life force. Much love to all.

Condolence from Fletcher Hartsell, Jr. on December 30th, 2020 8:24 pm

Marc was an humbled, caring servant who continues to inspire us all. I cherish his friendship and memory.

Condolence from Ronald Lee on December 30th, 2020 8:24 pm

Our heartfelt condolences to the family. You are in our thoughts and prayers .

Ronald Lee
Lee’s Produce

Condolence from Norma Houston on December 30th, 2020 8:29 pm

Love you always, Boss. Rest well on your Final March. Thank you, Basnight family, for sharing him with us for so many years. Love you all and sending prayers. Norma

Condolence from Carol Foster on December 30th, 2020 8:43 pm

So sorry for your loss. Marc was loved & sure loved his state. county & family. Thankful for all he did for North Carolinians. You’ll be missed Marc but your legacy lives on. You did so much & touched so many lives in your 73 years. I remember our high school days + sweet Sandy. God embraces you now.

Condolence from Karen Reed on December 30th, 2020 9:06 pm

Hugs an prayers for peace an comfort in this troubled time. Your daddy was a great man! I can see his smile an hear his laugh now. He loved you girls more then anything an it showed!
Thank you to the family for sharing such an amazing person with out small town an eastern Nc I know it was tuff at times. But thank you!! May God bless each an every one of you an heal your pain at this time.

Condolence from Kristi Sawyer-Burke on December 30th, 2020 9:28 pm

Sending lots of love to the family and dear friends.

Condolence from Susan Wilson on December 30th, 2020 9:33 pm

Vicki and Caroline, it is with utmost sadness that we all must bid farewell to your amazing and beloved father. So many lives of countless people, not just in Dare County but throughout all of North Carolina, were touched by Marc in one fashion or another. and are mourning his passing as well . I pray that God will continue to watch over you, his entire family, and his many friends and that He will give each of you the peace and comfort needed for now and for the days ahead. With love and respect~Susie Wilson

Condolence from Paul and Tonyi Fannig on December 30th, 2020 10:00 pm

Senator Basnight was a treasure to the citizens of Dare County. Responsible for helping fund so many civic improvements throughout the County, Senator Basnight never forgot the place he called home. My wife had a daycare business in Nags Head and the regulatory agencies had got out of their minds with regulation making the business a total failure when daycare was badly need ed in the County. Senator Basnight came to the rescue and tempered the demands of an out-of control child education agency and saved our business. just our story, there are thousands of others graced by this great Man. Vaya Con Dios, Marc Basnight. We are richer for your life and saddened by your departure.

Condolence from Dottie Huebner on December 30th, 2020 10:25 pm

Mr. Basnight was a man of honor.. He loved the citizens of North Carolina and fought for us all.. He will truly be missed.. Prayers and love to his family …

Condolence from David and Betty Huskins, Linviile Falls, N. C. on December 30th, 2020 10:33 pm

Our sympathies to Vicki and Caroline and the extended Basnight and Owens family. Marc helped preside over an era of unprecedented leadership and progress in the State General Assembly. He never thought there was an issue that couldn’t be solved, and approached his work there with optimism, vigor and tenacity. He was a true champion of “the common person!” We always enjoyed him and his family on their visits to our Linville Falls Community in the mountains. Rest In Peace our dear friend and know that your leadership for Noth Carolina truly made a difference!!!

Condolence from Ross & Karen Riley on December 30th, 2020 11:08 pm

This is an incredible loss that is felt far and wide. Marc was loved and respected on an unprecedented level and words can not express enough how he will be missed. Karen and I will hold you in our thoughts and prayers to help bring you peace through this difficult time.

Condolence from Jonathan and Debi Baum on December 30th, 2020 11:20 pm

Vicki, Caroline and Family,

Marc was truly a good and decent man that helped so many people along the way, and his kindness will be missed by so many! You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Jonathan and Debi Baum

Condolence from Charles W. Ogletree & Mildred G . Ogletree on December 31st, 2020 12:16 am

Midge and I extend our heartfelt condolences to Marc’s family and loved ones. Marc always had the time to give his attention to the needs of Tyrrell County and the Town of Columbia . Through his efforts, support and determination he was able to make many projects happen ,which not only benefited Tyrrell and Columbia ,but the whole Albemarle/Pamlico Peninsula and in turn all of North Carolina. Thank goodness for his brilliant legislative skill and acumen. Charlie Ogletree, formerly of Columbia

Condolence from Paul Family on December 31st, 2020 2:00 am

We will never forget Marc and all he did for me personally. I was lucky to have met Mrs. Cora Mae as a child. God surely blessed all those that know and respect the Basnight family. Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones as they grieve. He will be missed for an eternity. Michael & Kim Paul & family

Condolence from Terry and Valerie Wheeler on December 31st, 2020 6:05 am

If you look up Public Servant in the dictionary you will find a picture of Marc. Thats all he ever wanted to be was a servant to the people of NC. When we saw that picture of Marc in the newspaper all we could think about was how much we are going to miss that smile. One of my fondest memories of Marc was the time he asked me to ride to Raleigh with him. Little did I know that trip would take 6 hours instead of 3 because Marc was going to stop at every store and gas station between Manteo and Raleigh and talk to people about their needs. Just last year I received an honor from the Dare County Board of Education. A few days later I received a hand written letter from Marc congratulating me, it brought tears to my eyes because I know how hard it must have been for him to write it. We love you Marc.

Condolence from Danny Funkhouser on December 31st, 2020 6:36 am

My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the family.
I will always remember his kind words and smile.

Condolence from Terry and Jane Gray on December 31st, 2020 6:55 am

Sending prayers for peace and strength in this time to Marc’s family. He will be truly missed by all North Carolinians who he advocated for and loved. He represented what all politicians should strive to be…a people person. RIP Marc. Your family and all North Carolina was blessed to have you.

Condolence from Ray & Kathy Meekins on December 31st, 2020 7:07 am

We are so saddened by Marc’s passing. He was the finest person. He did so much for Dare County and it’s citizens. We are honored to have been one of his friends. Our love and support go out to Vickie and Caroline and all of the Basnight Family during this sad time!

Condolence from James W. Cahoon on December 31st, 2020 7:52 am

Marc was a powerful voice for the unheard people of North Carolina. His devotion to making the political system work for the people he served was unmatched. He was a man who made things happen when one might think there was no hope. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him! Our prayers are with the family at this time of mourning and remembering. May God bring you comfort and peace! James & Kathy Cahoon

Condolence from Sunny and Deanna Briggs on December 31st, 2020 9:37 am

To all of Marc family. Marc was respected and loved by so many. May God hold each and everyone of his family and friends with many memories to comfort you till you meet again. Love and Prayer’s.

Condolence from Brian McDonald on December 31st, 2020 10:04 am

My condolences to Marc’s family and close friends.
Marc will be remembered; he did a lot for all of North Carolina and the Outer Banks.

Condolence from marsha muller on December 31st, 2020 10:13 am

Condolences to the family

I so fondly recall his coming into Jenette’s Pier and later Sportsman exchange. . He always made me laugh and he and Lance would tell tall tales.

He did so very much for Dare County and all of North Carolina. Always thinking of what was best for all and doing his best to make it happen.

He set a high bar for all that follow.

Condolence from Kathy & Floyd Lewis on December 31st, 2020 10:39 am

My deepest condolences to the entire Basnight family. Marc will be missed byany.
He was a pillar of strength to the entire state of NC n the community. May you all have peace n comfort. God Bless

Condolence from Alicia Davidson on December 31st, 2020 10:49 am

Mr.Marc’s footprint that he left can never be filled. He cared deeply for his family, his state, the outer banks and the people in it. His passion for helping others and putting others needs and wants ahead of his own is unsurpassed. That willingness and passion he did teach to his children Vicki and Caroline. They love to give and help others but especially Vicki and I’m sure she will continue going above and beyond to help others and give of herself just like Marc and Sandy taught her for the rest of her life. I learned a lot working for Marc Basnight and I use that knowledge everyday of my life and I am grateful for what I have learned. I hope his family will hold on to the fact that everyone loved him and the wonderful impression he made on all of our lives. Prayers for you all

Condolence from scott i buckalew on December 31st, 2020 10:50 am

My condolances to Marc’s family, I am honered to have met Marc and always see him around Manteo, he was a wonderful man and always helping out those in need. Thank you Marc for everything you have done, I know you will do same thing in your new journey

Condolence from Connie Mitchell on December 31st, 2020 10:53 am

Vicki, Caroline and families, Please accept my deep and sincere sympathy. Your Daddy was a North Carolina Outer Banks treasure. He has been missed so much in the halls of the General Assembly.

Condolence from Neries Sullivan on December 31st, 2020 11:28 am

Vicki and Caroline
Thoughts and Prayers go out to you and your families. I loved it when I saw him in Lone Cedar, he was always nice to me and seemed to be a real stand up and gentle man. Hang on to the memories in the future and share with them all with his grandchildren. He did a lot of good things for Dare County and the fishermen here, he was a well respected man. God Bless all of you in this hard time.
RIP Marc

Condolence from Boo on December 31st, 2020 11:35 am

So perfectly said about Mr. Marc, who loved and served Dare County, and NC, proudly. Sending much love to all who cared for a hard-working man.

Condolence from Walter and Pam Phillips on December 31st, 2020 12:01 pm

Mark was a champion of the North Carolina aquariums which have taught many about coastal issues and their respective environmental impacts. Without him, the aquariums would not exist in their present form.
He’s been a Godsend to education in our universities and to defeating cancer in our health care systems.
A humble man who put everyone he met at ease, his legacies will live on.

Condolence from Melanie Smith on December 31st, 2020 12:04 pm

What a great man he was doing all he could from the capital to the coast we really appreciate all the yrs of your service and dedication for eastern north Carolina. Back in 1996 my son was a senate page for you what an honor that was. RIP

Condolence from Nick & Carolyn Spallino on December 31st, 2020 1:08 pm

Many of o had the prio of calling Marc a friend and a man that did good fr others as well as his county and state. May his family find peace and the love of our Lord . Know that his was a life well lived
And all that had the honor to call him friend are lucky to have known Marc Rest in the Lord

Condolence from William and Vivian McPherson on December 31st, 2020 1:20 pm

Will and I would like to extend our sympathies to all his family at this time. The legacy he has left is something we all can appreciate. More than this, he was a family man and at this hour is where his people take that comfort. We so appreciated him and hope that your memories and his accomplishents can bring you warmth for years to come. That is what we all hope for those that stand by us in spirit .

Condolence from Lekita Essa on December 31st, 2020 2:36 pm

Senator Marc Basnight was a true servant leader that spent his life focused on the betterment of every citizen in North Carolina. He loved his family, his community and everyone he ever met. The best of the best! I am better for having known him. Prayers for his family and a huge thank you for sharing him. May his memory be eternal!

Condolence from Leonard Francis jr on December 31st, 2020 2:46 pm


Condolence from Tammy Aycock on December 31st, 2020 3:20 pm

So very sorry for your families loss. Senator Marc Basnight was a wonderful man and advocate for our community and the great state of North Carolina. Prayers to the family during these difficult times.

Condolence from Ronnie and Mabel Cooper on December 31st, 2020 4:52 pm

Caroline; Vickie & family: My earliest memory of Marc is the many coffee breaks at Queen Annes’s Revenge in Manteo during the late 70’s & early 80’s. This was followed by many family dinners at the Lone Cedar Cafe during the 90’s -2000’s. So many fond memories of such a fine man. Marc was always cordial & friendly – even remebered most of us by first names! North Carolina has lost a true icon. Our most heartfelt condolences and prayers.

Condolence from leslie parker thompson on December 31st, 2020 6:30 pm

He cared about domestic violence victims and made sure there was money in the budget for programs across the state to serve them. He will not be forgotten, a real champion for women.

Condolence from Andrea Gardner Leary on December 31st, 2020 6:45 pm

I had the honor to work for Marc in his Raleigh office for several years. Being “green” in the world of politics when first hired, little did I know I would receive a political education from the very man that would become a NC legend. His trips on Monday returning to Raleigh from Manteo always made for a busy day in the office with calls from the road! Marc was a man of many hats. He was a great prankster, a humble genuine individual and a true champion for all people. His love for family, friends, and the OBX was evident in everything he did. He taught empathy and love of community by example, and expected nothing less from those representing his office. Some of my favorite memories were when we had visitors from OBX come to the Raleigh office. The friendships made because of Marc, Manteo visits and the outer banks will always have a special place in my heart. My condolences to the entire family, and especially Vicki, Caroline, RV and Bobby. May your brokenhearts soon feel joy again. Thank you Marc for so many life lessons that will be with me always.

Condolence from Mary Jolliff Moore on December 31st, 2020 8:51 pm

Dear Family of Marc, thank you for sharing him during his adult life, and even before then, when he was one of the children in THE LOST COLONY. I know most of y’all were in the show at one time or another, and it’s always been a big part of our lives. Marc went on and on in the public eye, and did good and well at whatever he undertook. I, and the other Moores, none of whom live in Dare County, but still consider Manteo our home, all love y’all, and look forward to when we can see you again. Much love, and may you all have peace of mind and comfort through our Lord and your memories. Love, Mary

Condolence from Kathy Dough on January 1st, 2021 1:47 am

Dear Vicki, Liney and family,
I am so very sorry to hear of your Daddy’s passing, and will be praying and holding all of you in my heart while you go through this difficult time of grieving.
Marc gave so much to all of us in Dare County and in North Carolina, and we honor him for that, but also, he was such an upstanding, honest example for our children to look up to and respect.
I count it an honor to be one of your friends, and pray God will provide you peace and comfort in the days and weeks ahead. If there is anything I can do to help, please call. I love you all.
Mama K.

Condolence from SHEILA GOLDEN on January 1st, 2021 9:29 am

Basnight Family-Vicki-Carolyn and all others for there are many:

The first time that I remember meeting Marc was at the Aquarium on Roanoke Island at a Meet the Candidate’s night 1976. Marc was called to speak on behalf of Jim Hunt who was running for Governor. He stepped up to podium with not one note in his hand within minutes he had the audince solely focused on him. That was when I knew that the man called Marc Basnight was going achieve big things.
Marc was the best friend of the commercial fisherman they will likely never have another to fight for their rights as he’d did. The Clean Water Trust Fund was one of the greatest legislation that Marc inacted. Of course you realize that is my opinion (the daughter of a commercial fisherman). He did many great things for the people of North Carolina, it mattered not what political party you belonged to or what part of the state you were from or how small or big your problem was he always had the time to listen and to get somebody to work on it right away (Rolph, Angela or Amy).
I can personally thank Marc and his staff for improving the environment in my village of Stumpy Point,NC. We have city water and city sewer because of the efforts of the Clean Water Trust Fund and the Senator and his staff.
There were many times that I would come home and ask my Dad what had he been doing that day and his answer would be Marc stopped by on his way to Raleigh to talk about Oysters planting or fishing regulations or anything he could think of. He always said that Marc had that special ability to be comfortable with whomever he was with. At the end of the day he is still the Son of Dare and he will never lose that.
Marc will be missed by many and like many the smile will always be remembered.

come into our lives
Leave footprints on
Our hearts,
And we are changed


Condolence from Ruthie Brewington (Dalton) on January 1st, 2021 2:14 pm

Dearest Vicki, Caroline and family,:
I am very sorry for your great loss. Along with so many others I owe Marc a great debt of gratitude. Though only two people other that the medical team knew, back in 2004, after seeing a specialist who reviewed my blood work for thyroid cancer I was told there was nothing they could do. The bloodwork revealed my cancer marker numbers were simply too high and my body could not take the amount of treatment to attempt trying. I was even refused a referral. Upon returning to DC and quite bewildered, I prayed for six months. Then one day I just felt led to call Marc to share my situation. My only request was to find someone who would just be willing to try treatment. Within hours I received a call from UNC Hospitals and the office assured me (over the phone) they would indeed give treatment a try regardless of my numbers. New blood work revealed my numbers had doubled, but they kept their word and I was treated. Now sixteen years later, my most recent bloodwork shows no detectable sign of thyroid cancer. Everyday I open my eyes and breathe is because God in His infinite wisdom gave a young, compassionate DC boy a heart to serve people in need. Thank you Caroline sharing with Marc my message of gratitude before his passing.

You are in my thoughts and prayers,
Ruth Brewington (Dalton)

Condolence from William, Eddie-Jo, and Paxtin Powell on January 2nd, 2021 4:02 pm

Caroline and Vicki word will never express how much The Powell family loved Mr . Mark and you both.
He helped the farmers, family businesses and always looked after the local familys . Mr. Mark will be greatly missed. He was always encouraging Paxtin to do and be his best. Thank you is no where near enough,
We love you and miss you already ❤.
We will continue to keep all of you in our prayers ❤.
Celebrate in heaven,
Much love
William, Eddie-Jo and Paxtin Powell

Condolence from Rick Gunter on January 2nd, 2021 10:31 pm

I just read Mr. Basnight’s obituary. It ranks with the best I ever have seen. I also saw a column on Mr. Basnight by Thomas Hill on the politicsnc.com blog.

What an impressive and valuable life your loved one lived. As a lifter newspaperman and native Tar Heel living and working in Virginia, I am in awe of Mr. Basnight and thank you for sharing him with my native state. He was a true hero and champion of my beloved state and it people. I send you deep condolences and appreciation.

Condolence from Cindy Boyce on January 3rd, 2021 6:08 pm

I am so sorry to read Marc passed. He helped Al and I get married 27+ years ago at Holden Beach. May he and Al enjoy heaven together. Al passed 2+ years ago.
sending love, prayers and hugs to the family.

Condolence from Carol & Bo Wallis in Avon on January 3rd, 2021 6:54 pm

Thank You Marc !
We are praying for Your Family.
We never met YOU but YOU did SO MUCH for NC & Dare County !
Thank YOU MARC !!
Love, Carol & Bo

Condolence from Margaret R. Koenig on January 3rd, 2021 7:35 pm

In 1999, 2000, 2001 school year, I needed assistance with something that meant a lot to me and also the assistance would help others. I asked key people here on the OBX and I believe one of them was Marc.

I was able to do this through the assistance of others and was given the chance that I needed to be able to be successful in the chosen field. I appreciate your assistance and I want to thank you and your family for allowing me the opportunity.

Condolence from Rick S. on January 4th, 2021 11:29 am

Mark 10:45 ESV
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Rest In Peace – A True Legend has passed.

Condolence from The Joe Garrish Family on January 4th, 2021 7:25 pm

So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

Condolence from Mike and Janice Farr on January 4th, 2021 8:31 pm

Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you all at the passing of your father. He was certainly a great man, leader and friend to many in this state and county. Our lives are so enriched by his presence as he worked for a better tomorrow for all of us. His life leaves an everlasting imprint on all of us who benefit from the countless examples and contributions he made during his time here. His earthly work is done and may we find comfort in knowing he’s reached his heavenly home.

Condolence from Juanita Wescott on January 5th, 2021 2:46 pm

I am sure that I can speak for all of Marc’s classmates . The Class of 1966 will always cherish the memory of our classmate and friend. He was such an asset to our class, our community, and to each one of us as individuals. He always had a smile and an “I love you” for each of us as we would meet in passing. Friends like Marc are few and far between. He could always make a person feel like they were his best friend, even when we seldom ran into each other. Marc touched a lot of our lives. The stories of his kindness would be too many to tell. He will certainly be missed. Love you much, Vickie and Caroline, and all the family.

Condolence from Ann Smith on January 5th, 2021 10:52 pm

Marc Basnight was the truest example of “a man of the people”…..he was unassuming, down to earth, and a great supporter of those he represented. I was lucky enough to meet him and his lovely wife, Sandy when my family moved to the Outer Banks in 1988. We lived in KDH for 20 years and loved to eat at Basnight’s Lone Cedar to celebrate special family occasions such as birthdays and holidays. My favorite memory of Marc was when he came by our table to shake our hands and make sure we were happy with our choice of eating establishments. When he approached our table he held out his hand and before any of us adults could respond, my 2 yr old granddaughter Shelby stood in her chair and held out her hand to shake his. He grinned that big Marc Basnight grin and said , “ That little girl right there is gonna be a politician.” May God bless his sweet family and may they always know how loved and appreciated he and his family were to so many.

Condolence from Marcus Felton on January 26th, 2021 12:15 pm

On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences to Vicki, Caroline and the entire family. Marc was always willing to assist with whatever we asked of him. He was a shining beacon in our lives because we knew he was always ready to help make things better. May god bless you all.

Condolence from A Sister in Christ on February 16th, 2021 12:03 am

My thoughts and prayers are with all.
God Bless you and yours
Stay safe

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