Leslie Glenn Bassett, Sr., of Thornton, passed away at Windsor Healthcare Residence on Saturday, May 15, 2021, at age 85.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 20, 2021, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Groesbeck Funeral Home.
Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 21, 2021 at Brookside Memorial Park in Houston, with Rev. Nate Bedford of Groesbeck officiating.
Glenn was born in Limestone County to John Leslie Bassett and Eddie George Shelton Bassett on July 31, 1935. He grew up in Houston and just before time to graduate from Jeff Davis High School, he quit school and joined the U. S. Air Force.
Glenn served in the Air Force from 1953 through 1957, at Gary AFB in San Marcos, as a helicopter mechanic.
After his discharge from the Air Force, he worked at the Post Office and then entered into the service station business with his father and brother. Each one operated and managed a station in Houston. Later, he and his three sons had transmission shops in Houston, with the boys being trained mechanics. His business career in Houston spanned 30 years through 1987.
While his boys were growing up, he was active in attending all 3 boys sports activities, all on different teams, through football, baseball, basketball, and track. After the boys were adults he still enjoyed being with them on fishing trips. He, Glenn Jr., Brian, and his grandson Kevin went fishing with Dr. Larry Hughes at Richland Chambers Lake and also enjoyed going deep-sea fishing at Galveston for several years.
He was an ordained deacon in the Baptist Church at Cypress, and a member of the Masonic Lodge of Cypress.
He bought his grandmother Shelton’s home and acreage at Thornton and moved there, and worked in Mexia at the Post Office, and then a few years at Mexia State School. He then commuted to Palestine to work for TDCJ until retiring. He then worked another 15 years at LCDC in Groesbeck before retiring again.
After moving to Thornton, he attended the Baptist Church at Thornton and later First Baptist Church in Mexia. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #486 of Thornton and a member of the Karem Shriners of Waco, and participated in parades driving one of the Shriner’s mini cars. Glenn enjoyed spending as much time as he could with family.
Glenn was preceded in death by his father and mother, J.L. Bassett and Eddie Bassett; a son, Steve Alan Bassett; his sister, Della Jo Cook and her husband Bob Cook; and a brother, George Wayne Bassett and his first wife, Laverne.
He is survived by his son, Leslie Glenn Bassett, Jr. of Groesbeck; his son Brian David Bassett and his wife, Nicha Patrick of Thornton; grandson, Kevin Childers of North Carolina; granddaughter, Rachel Bassett of Tomball; great grandsons, Trent and Bryson of Tomball; his brother and sister-in-law, Perry and Katherine Bassett of Amarillo; sister and brother-in-law, Lenelle and Jean West of Houston; Joy Bassett of Groesbeck, who is the mother of his three sons; his current wife, Betty Bassett of Thornton and her children, John Rhodes Jr, Timmy Rhodes, Patricia Rhodes, James Rhodes, and James Avera; sister-in-law, Linda Bassett; and numerous nieces and nephews.