Dorothy O. Preston Basinger, 84, of Conway went to her heavenly home July 8, 2010. She was born in Smackover on Oct. 30, 1925 to Jesse V. Preston and Theodocia Perdue Preston. 

Dorothy met the love of her life, James Frank Basinger Jr., in April of 1946. They were married May 7 of that same year and remained completely devoted to each other for the next 63 years until James’ death in July of last year. Dorothy took pride in being a devoted wife, mother and "Nanny" to all of her family and friends. Dorothy’s home was the center of all family gatherings and events where she took pride in making sure everyone was comfortable, entertained and well fed. Cooking for her family and friends was her passion as well as growing and canning her own fruits and vegetables. Nothing delighted Dorothy more than having family around while calling the Hogs during fall football games. Dorothy’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren will forever miss the way she made everyday seem special. 

She is preceded in death by her husband, James F. Basinger Jr.; her above listed parents; a brother, Jesse Arlie Preston and a grandson, Tyler Scott Haynes.

Those left to mourn her passing are her son, Del C. Basinger of Orange, Texas; a daughter, D. Sharon Lea of Conway; grandsons Michael S. Haynes, William P. (Bill) Haynes, Bobby L Haynes III, all of Conway, Bryce Basinger of Orange, Texas, Brandon Basinger of Beaumont, Texas, Chase Basinger of Lumberton, Texas, and Cody Basinger of Warren, Texas; granddaughters Olivia Basinger and Holly Williams, both of Orange; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; a brother, Clyde N. Preston of Houma, La., and a sister Wilma (Billie) Potvio of Lewisville.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home in Conway with Bro. Steve Wallace officiating. Interment will be at Crestlawn Memorial Park with Del Basinger, Brandon Basinger, Bryce Basinger, Michael S. Haynes, William P. Haynes and Bobby L. Haynes III serving as pallbearers. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home in Conway.   

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