He was born Jan. 18, 1936, in West Frankfort, Ill., to Virgil and Golda Barnes, and was the second oldest of five children. He attended Frankfort Community High School.
Basil was known in Cape Girardeau as "Mr. B." He owned Mr. B's restaurants many years. You would always hear him say, "Appreciate it!" Mr. B always had a smile on his face and was laughing.
He enjoyed building rooms onto our houses. He and son Justin would always have a project to add on to the house. This was great quality time for him and Justin.
Basil worked hard all his life, but family was very important to him. He was a member of the Masons in Cape Girardeau and the Elks Lodge.
Survivors include his wife, Tish; four children, Justin (Cari), Lori, Luanna and Randy; three sisters, Ruth Brown, Mary Ann Barnes and Connie Rowe; a brother, Jerry Barnes; and the newest members of the family, grandchildren Gage Basil and Case Joseph.
A celebration of life service will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Elks Lodge.
Crain Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Southeast Hospice, 10 Doctors' Park, Cape Girardeau, MO 63703.
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