February 1, 2013
Percy Allen (Al) Baskin
, 86, of Valdosta passed away Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at South Georgia
Medical Center following a recent illness. He was born in Meridian, Mississippi
to the late Dalton and Emma Avant Baskin and had lived in Valdosta since
meeting and marrying his wife of 64 years.
Mr. Baskin retired from the United States Postal Service as Superintendent
of Mails following a 30 year career which started as a postal carrier.
He served in the United States Navy during World War II on a converted
aircraft carrier used as a mine detection vessel.
Mr. Baskin was a member of the Park Avenue United Methodist Church, a
former member of the National Postal Supervisors, a charter member of
the Francis Lake Golf Club, a former member of the Elks Club, a former
Shriner, and a current member of the Masonic Lodge.
Mr. Baskin played professional baseball with the Valdosta Dodgers, a farm
club of the Brooklyn Dodgers, in the late 1940's. He continued his love
of baseball by serving as an umpire for the Little League Baseball Program
in the Valdosta area during the 1960's.
He became an avid golfer following his retirement from the postal service,
continued to enjoy his love of fishing and dedicated his spare time to
the development of his family's genealogy, discovering and contacting
several long lost members of his family.
He will always be remembered as a very dedicated family man.
Survivors include his wife, Ouilda Cowart Baskin, his son and daughter
in law, Perry and Karen Baskin; his daughter, Diane Jernigan all of Valdosta
; his grandchildren, Otto and Lycia Baskin ( Plainwell, MI), Stephen and
April Baskin(Valdosta, GA) Chad and Debra Moore (Phoenix, AZ), Jason Moore,
Crystal Jernigan, Rhett and Tammy Burroughs all of Valdosta, and Kelly
and Carey Holmes (Jacksonville, FL); 14 great grandchildren, 2 –
great great grandchildren, one brother, Frank Baskin (Gauche, MS) ; two
sisters, Joyce Harrison ( Meridian, MS) and Emma Lou Brassfield (Fort
He was preceded in death by a son; Jerry Dwain Baskin, three brothers;
Howard Baskin, Dalton Baskin, Jr. and Ben Baskin; two sisters, Mary Alice
Kinard and Milbrey Cooley. Graveside services will be held at 2pm, Sunday,
Feburary 3, 2013 at Sunset Hill Cemetery with Rev. V. L. Daughtery officiating.
The family will receive friends on Saturday from 5-7 pm at the Carson
McLane Funeral Home. Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made
to the Park Avenue United Methodist Church, 100 E. Park Ave., Valdosta,
GA 31602 or the Pearlman Cancer Center, P.O. Box 1727, Valdosta, GA 31603.Carson
McLane Funeral Home.