Warner B. Baskerville
Friday, January 13, 2017
10:00 AM- 12:00 PM
- Funeral Service:
Friday, January 13, 2017 at 12:00 PM
Alexander-Tuthill Funeral Home
Wading River, NY 11792
Friday, January 13, 2017
Calverton National Cemetery
Died: January 7, 2016
Warner Bennett Baskerville, fondly known as, "Benny", was the son of the late Minnie Harvey and Thomas Baskerville. He was self taught after leaving school early to help take care of his mother & family. Benny was an Army Veteran, who served his country a little under two years. Benny enjoyed weight lifting, which enabled him to toss those heavy mail bags where ever they needed to be, while working as a Mail Handler, for the U.S. Postal Service, where he retired in 1989.
Benny always held & displayed high values for family & lived solely for this reason. He met our mom, the late Constance (Dot) Ann Wells Baskerville, when they were teenagers, whom he loved & stayed true, to her alone, for over 70 years.
In Benny's younger days, he was a handball fanatic, who could play the game eight days a week with his cousins Junior & Jeanne (Randie). They were more like sister & brothers than cousins. Dad was a true Jazz Enthusiast, who could always give you a little history about a musician, such as who played with whom, when & where, whether that artist played more than one instrument, how a particular musician came to be, etc., etc., get the picture, lol. His knowledge was vast. Some of his favorite artists were, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Lester "Prez" Young, Billie Holiday & Nat King Cole, to name a few. Dad, read the dictionary for pleasure, he loved words.He played word games up until he was called home. He enjoyed the classic movies, westerns, anything with James Cagney and anything with a "Bang Bang". There were a few TV shows he enjoyed binging on, Law & Order, Criminal Minds, he liked solving the cases. He also enjoyed his Jeopardy, while getting quite a few of the answers correct, as well as Wheel of Fortune. Dad played "bid whist", like he invented the game, he didn't trash talk, however, when he had a winner, you knew it, he would slam the card down so hard, we thought the table would break, lol. Dad was a good dancer and could whistle a good tune. He also had a witty sense of humor.
Benny is survived by his loving family, daughters, Janice A. Baskerville-Spencer, Sherryl L. Baskerville, Venetia (Zevadiyah) Prince, Sheila Baskerville; sons, Darryl Baskerville, Lonnie Baskerville, Jamel Baskerville & Michael Baskerville. Grandsons, Jamaal Spencer, Keith Baskerville, Anthony & Darron Baskerville; nephews, Eric Reynolds & Bryant (BJ); Randie Everetts, his 1st cousin. In-laws, Jerald Spencer, Eli Aquino, Lisette Spencer & Michelle Spencer. And a host of Nieces, Nephews, Cousins & Friends