Basinger family gathers for annual reunion
Written by Press-Herald Staff
Tuesday, 12 June 2007
The family of the late Maggie Ola Bullock and James Frank Basinger Sr. gathered on Saturday, May 26, 2007, for their annual family reunion at the Sarepta Community Building in Sarepta.
Six of the seven living Basinger children were in attendance – James “Jimmy” Frank Basinger Jr., Leo Riley “Sonny” Staggs, Bill Basinger Sr., Joyce Basinger Boyett, Eugene Basinger Sr. and Carolyn Basinger Palmer. Carl Bassinger Sr. was unable to attend this year.
Colette Alfred-Sikes welcomed 86 family members and friends who arrived Saturday morning at the Sarepta Community Building.
Two family members who passed during the previous year were remembered on a memory board – Evie Burrell Basinger and Billy Cole. Seven births were celebrated since the last reunion – Ethan Carter Bright, Cohl Allen Hinton, Kielerr Reece Alfred, Ryan Autry Lauw, Jack Harrison Terry, Kameron Bailey Navarre and Sky Rose Spence.
Colby Boykin, almost five years old, entertained the family by performing “Special Me.” James “Jimmy” Frank Basinger Jr. asked the blessing before the delicious lunch was served. Many casseroles, vegetables and desserts were prepared.
Family members who traveled a great distance to attend the family reunion spent the weekend at Bass Haven Lodge in Taylor, Ark. The families wish to thank Bass Haven owner, Rose Johnson, for all her hospitality extended to them during the weekend.
Enjoying the family reunion were the following:
Leola Basinger Staggs family – Sonny and Vernell Staggs, Shirley and Charles Giddings, Heather, Cameron, Presley, Kielerr Alfred, and Chuck Warford, all of Sarepta; and Colette Alfred-Sikes and Jody Sikes, both of Minden.
James Thomas Basinger family – Rose Mary and Ben Bailey, Terrell Bailey, both of Springhill; Julie Hefner and Glenn Crumpler, both of Cotton Valley; and James, Malisa, Dalton, Kiersten and Emily Gosvenor of Camden, Ark.
Florence Basinger Morgan family – Debbie Morgan of Springhill; Ludy and Larry Williams, Jeannie, Christabelle, Chelby Hinton, all of Dubberly; Lana, Pat, Caden and Cohl Hinton, all of Ashdown, Ark.; and Jodi, Charlie, Colby and Blaire Boykin and Mary Pevy, all of Minden.
Murphie Basinger family – Juanita Coffee of Springhill.
Nolan Basinger family – Marilyn Cole of Springhill and Christy Lloyd of Sarepta.
Marjorie Basinger Burks family – Melissa “Cricket”, Dennis and Kiley Smith, both of Cabot, Ark.; and Ronnie Bolton and Darla of Cabot.
John D. Basinger family – Melinda Cupp and Danny Ray Cupp of Star City, Ark.; Justin Cupp, Cheri and Connie Snyder and Michael Billings, all of Morrilton, Ark.; and Kim Jackson, Lana and Taylor.
James “Jimmy” Frank Basinger Jr. family – Jimmy and Dot Basinger, Bill, Kaity, Maddie and Sydnee Haynes, all of Conway, Ark.
Bill Basinger Sr. family – Bill and Clara Basinger of Trinity, Texas.
Joyce Basinger Boyett family – Joyce Boyett, Debbie Loesch, Tasha, Hank, Brandon and Erin Henley, Caitlin Cuiffetelli and Susan Gentry, all of Shreveport; Jenny Poston, Tim and Kameron Navarre, all of Bossier City; Tony, Gretchen Gavin and Taylor Boyett of Buda, Texas.
Gene Basinger Sr. family – Gene and Ellawease Basinger of West Memphis, Ark.; Butch Basinger of Norphlet, Ark.; Gary Don, Leigh Ann, Braxton and Braden Basinger, all of Nesbit, Miss.
Carolyn Basinger Palmer family – Carolyn and Harold Palmer and Paula Tripp, all of Sarepta.
The Basinger family will gather again on May 24, 2008, at the Sarepta Community Building for their next reunion. All friends and family are invited to attend. For more information call Colette Alfred-Sikes at 464-0039.