On Saturday, February 26, 2022, Eleanor Bassett, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother passed away at the age of 98. A celebration of her life will be held Thursday, March 3, 2022, at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Green Hills Funeral Home with Reverend Mack Lowery officiating. She will be placed at rest in Green Hills Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Eleanor was born November 11, 1923, in Inverness, Alabama, to JT and Vera Hixon Cope. She graduated from Inverness High School in 1941 and married the love of her life, Ewell Bassett, January 1, 1943. They ran Bassett Packing Company for many years, and then, Eleanor went on to work as the head bookkeeper at the local Regions Bank until her retirement. Eleanor and Ewell were founding members at Calvary Baptist Church where she served as the secretary/treasurer for over 50 years and also devoted many of those years to teaching Bible studies. She was a treasured member of the homemakers’ club, women’s club, and cheering supporter of local sporting events.
Always with a listening ear and heart to serve, Eleanor was the touchstone for many generations. Children, teens, and adults alike sought her company and counsel. No one who ever met her had any doubt of her love of Christ and family. She could always be called upon for a funny joke, a token of courage, an afternoon of fishing, or a happy song.
Eleanor, Mama B, Grannie− she will be missed, but will always be remembered with joy as she lived her life looking forward to enjoying each day and spending eternity with her Lord. She said she was born 5/22/2021happy and this was evident in her zest for life, laughter, and her shining eyes. She radiated the principles of being a strong Christian doling out unconditional love, care, and concern for others.
Eleanor was preceded in death by her husband, Ewell; and four children, Thomas Michael “Mickey” Bassett, Carol Jean Bassett, Robert Bruce “Bob” Bassett, and Judith Ann “Judy” Cary. She is survived by her son, Fred Bassett; granddaughters, Jennifer Rose and Hilary Bassett; son-in-law, Robert Cary; and great-grandson, Grayden Bassett-Teague.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Colley Senior Center (715 Elm Street, Troy, AL 36081) or Calvary Baptist Church (118 W. Orange Street, Troy, AL 36081). Friends and family can sign the guestbook online at www.greenhillsfuneralhome.net. The staff of Green Hills Funeral Home is honored to serve the Bassett family.