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Mrs. Pearl Bassett

1911 - 2021

Marion, IN


Mrs. Pearl Bassett, 110, of Marion, Indiana, passed away on Monday, June 07, 2021 in Fayetteville, NC.

Pearl was a life­long res­i­dent of Mar­i­on, Indi­ana and was a civil rights pioneer. She was the first Demo­c­ra­t­ic Precinct Chair­woman in Grant Coun­ty, Indi­ana. She also served as the first Black Sec­re­tary of the Grant Coun­ty Demo­c­ra­t­ic Cen­tral Com­mit­tee and marched  in 1969 fight­ing for civ­il rights. Pearl was the recip­i­ent of many local, state, and nation­al hon­ors includ­ing the NAACP Unsung Hero­in Award; the Fran­cis Hook Award, the NAACP’s high­est hon­or for women; and the Cen­tu­ri­on Award, pre­sent­ed by Gov­er­nor Mike Pence in 2003. These awards are in response to her ground-shak­ing activism and devo­tion to the social and civ­il rights of African Americans.

Funeral services will be held in Indiana under the direction of Rawls Mortuary 3913 North Keystone Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46205 Tel: 1-317-667-7025 and will be announced later.

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Father Jim and Kresha Warnock

June 15, 2021 1:25 AM

Father Jim Warnock and I would like to share our condolences and respect.  During the years we lived in Marion, we did not know Mrs. Bassett well, but saw her at so many important community events.  We learned her story and stood in awe of her courage and leadership.  May God grant her soul eternal rest.

Elder S. Alexander Shaw & Family

June 14, 2021 5:12 AM

May God Bless and keep You and Comfort you in this hour. And may the memories  of your Loved one bring you joy and happiness when you think of all the times you've shared. I thank Our heavenly father for all the things that he has done great and small, because of her life. I am sure that this world has truly been touched by her love, kindness and dedication to others. She has set such an amazing and truly beautiful example. Follow her example, She Truly knew the Way. Thank You Again LORD For such a blessing.

Autumn Elizabeth Hampton

June 10, 2021 12:26 PM

You will be forever in our hearts and your energy lives within all of us♥️you were truly one of a kind hug my grandma for me ♥️

Roger and Edna McKoy, Fayetteville NC

June 10, 2021 5:52 AM

Condolences to the Bassett Family. Although we did not know Mrs. Bassett, what a historical legacy she leaves for her loved ones and the nation. She is truly an example of "Yes, We Can". 

Laura Hampton

June 10, 2021 2:08 PM

 Aunt Pearl, You were a beautiful soul and looked up to by many. I am more than blessed to call you aunt pearl🌹 May you now R.I.Paradise, you've done so much in this world and will forever be missed xo. 💗 Hug your baby brother for me (my grandpa) I know you guys will be watching over all of us. Xoxo 🌹

Paul Carradine Jr., Autumn, Royale, Leon

June 10, 2021 2:56 AM

We love you deeply Aunt Pearl and will cherish all of your memories.
Paul Carradine Jr., Autumn, Royale, Leon

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