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Dexter Basnight

Dexter Irwin Basnight

Monday, October 27th, 1952 - Tuesday, April 28th, 2020
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October 27, 1952, a baby boy was born to Samuel (decease) and Beulah Basnight . Dexter Irwin Basnight was the 1st born of four children : Polley Hargrove , CSM (Ret) L. Barnard Basnight, and Elsie Basnight. He also had a brother named Michael Wynn. Dexter was bastized early in life (Mt Gilead Baptist Church). During his life in Richmond, Dexter attend 2nd Baptist Church and St Peters Baptist Church in Glen Arden . He joined and sang with the Larry Bland and the Volunteer Choir.
Dex as he was called by his close friends, grew up in Norfolk, Virginia. He graduated from Norview High School. His undergrad studies were from Virginia Commonwealth University and his post grad studies are from Virginia State University. He taught in Henrico and Virginia Beach Public School systems. Dexter worked as a draftsman engineer for VEPCO, then as an Art teacher and later in life he was the proprietor of his own lawn business.
Dex loved life and celebrated every chance/way he could. He had a deep love for art . Not just paintings, but any form of art. He has done art work in wood, medals, just about anything you can name. Christmas gifts were always an original art design. His art was displayed at the “HB”. He began his love of art in elementary school and while he was in the Boys Scouts. Dexter earn his Eagle Badge.
Life for Dex was full of experiences that brought many people to his world. The Redskins were his favorite football team, he was a pro at pool, he loved to bowl. He would always have fun with his best friends, Tim Morton, Michael Rodgers , “J”, Yolanda , and Alice Butts. He bowled in competitions with his cousins, Eric and Mary. Dexter also modeled for Ebony Fashion Fair.
Dexter never married but he had plenty nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews to keep him busy. He felt as the oldest he should do discipline as if he was their parent.
The sunset of his life found him with the person he loved best - his beloved mother, Beulah. Also remembering him affectionately are two sisters, Polley Hargrove (Rev Dr Morris), Elsie Basnight , and one brother CSM(Ret) L. Barnard Basnight, two aunts, one uncle and plenty of cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
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    Chapel Hill Baptist Church Cemetery
    830 Chapel Hill Road
    Columbia, North Carolina 27925
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Heather Gray Holley

Posted at 04:56pm
My deepest condolences to the family. Praying for you all.
My amazing friend, Dexter. I will miss the time we spent hanging out over the years, our laughs together, his advice he would give and just hearing his voice. He was a man of many talents, from his artistry to always dressing to the nine and many more phenomenal things he could do. I still have the beautiful family crest that he made for my wife and I for our wedding day and it meant so much for us. We will cherish it always. Dexter would help whomever he could and had a heart of gold. I am heartbroken to lose such a great friend and I will miss him dearly. I will forever embrace the wonderful memories. God truly gained an angel. Rest in Heaven my friend.

Otis Tate

Posted at 04:09pm
In memory of a great person.
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Tyeisha walton

Posted at 10:26pm
Well I Just want to say Dex was a great person caring loving funny always doing for others and he love's the redskins his since of fashion was so Amazing He will be Truly missed fly High my friend fly high God Got you now RIH

Marla braasch

Posted at 11:36am
My condolences go out to the family, Dex was a very smooth individual. He always had a kind word and an open heart. I’ll always remember his contagious smile, and his kind heart. He truly was one of a kind and I will carry his memories that I had the honor to have with him deeply with me. He will truly be missed.

Ellen Davidson

Posted at 08:04am
Deepest sympathy to the Basnight Family. Dex you were a great friend. You were always there for me, especially when I was traveling. You will truly be missed. Love, Ellen

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