November 3, 1943 - November 26, 2020
Lancaster, South Carolina - James "Jim" Ashley Basden Sr., age 77, of Lancaster, S.C., went to his eternal home on November 26, 2020. He was born in Burlington, NC on November 3, 1943, son of the late Joseph and Frances Smith Basden. Jim served in the U.S Army and fought in the Vietnam War. He made a life-long career by running successful service stations for EXXON Corp., TBAA and Woodie's. Jim never met a stranger and was very giving of himself to his community. He loved spending time with his family, grandchildren especially. He was an active member of the American Legion and the local VFW. He was known to spend his spare time at the dirt track, or outside with his grandkids and his dog, Lacie.
Jim was preceded in death by his daughter, Jean Gunn Allen; his brother, Johnny Basden and by his sister, Janie Puckett. He is survived by his loving wife, MaryAnn Basden; his children, Joan Carter (Doug), Brian West (Jennifer), Kim Lucas (Tim), Corey West (Leslie), Jason Bates and James Ashley Basden Jr. (Jennifer); his son-in-law, Tony Allen; fourteen grandchildren, Dustin Gunn, Lexie and Hannah Starnes, Magan and Logan West, Kylie, Breanna and Hayden Lucas, Jessica West, Matthew, Katie and Jessica Bates, Jenna and J.T. Basden; his sisters, Judy Wright (Ron), Joanna B. Smith, Lynn Basden Cole (Steve) and by his brother, Tommy Joe Basden (Susan).
The family has requested open hours for friends to come sign the register book and leave condolences on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 from 1:00pm until 7:00pm at McEwen Funeral Home of Monroe. A service to celebrate Jim's life will be held at 12:00pm Wednesday, December 2, 2020 in McEwen Funeral Home's Colonial Chapel with interment following in Lancaster Memorial Park. McEwen Funeral Home of Monroe is honored to serve the Basden family.