James Eugene Basey
James Eugene Basey passed away on Thursday, June 9, 2016, at the VA Medical Center in Asheville. He was born on Aug. 6, 1943 in Lebanon, Indiana, the son of the late Harold Eugene Basey and Fairy Elizabeth (Shoemaker) Basey.
Jim moved to Boone County, Indiana in 1961 and was a 1962 graduate of Frankfort High School. Following school, Jim enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He served during the Vietnam War as a member of the H&MM 163 Helicopter Squadron, which was the most decorated helicopter squadron in Vietnam. He and his squadron flew 239 missions during the war.
On Aug. 21, 1964, he was married to Cheryl Susan (Knight) Basey in Lafayette, Indiana. She survives.
Following his military service, Jim moved to Tampa, Florida and began working at Reynolds Aluminum Can Plant. He also began studying business at the University of South Florida, graduating in 1975. Jim then started working at General Sheet Metal Company in Tampa in the engineering department. He then went on to own/operate several sheet metal and steel fabrication businesses.
Jim was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He enjoyed racing Corvettes and was a member of the National Corvette Club of America. He was also a member of Holly Springs Baptist Church in Franklin.
Visitation is planned from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, June 15 at Myers Mortuary, 1502 North Lebanon St., in Lebanon, Indiana.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. at the funeral home in Lebanon.
Jim is survived by his wife, Cheryl Knight Basey of Franklin; his children, James Scott Basey and wife, Christine, of Franklin, and Douglas Alan Basey and wife Denise of Brandon, Florida; sisters, Jacquelyn Keck of Frankfort, Indiana, Julia Hill and husband Gerry of Payson, Arizona, and Joyce Popke and husband Scott of Star Valley, Arizona; five Grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews
Jim was preceded in death by his father, Harold Eugene Basey, and his mother, Fairy Elizabeth (Shoemaker) Basey.
A memorial service will be held in Franklin, to be set at later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Appalachian Animal Rescue Center/Humane Society of Macon County, North Carolina and/or Marine Corps League 973 Franklin, North Carolina.
Interment will follow at Mts. Runn Cemetery in Zionsville, Indiana.