DeVoe Bassett 1878-1943from Genealogybank.com
from the Oil City Derrick, 1 December, 1943
Devoe Bassett, 65, only colored carried in the Oil City postal service and who had a record of 36 years with the department, died suddenly at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday at his home, 222 Bissell ave. He had been sick for about a week.
DeVoe Bassett 1878-1943
He was born in Wampum, Pa. on April 14, 1878, the son of the late John and Elizabeth Bassett. He came to Oil City in 1888 and became well known for his athletic ability and as a letter carrier.
Mr. Bassett was prominent in both football and baseball in his younger days. He was a member of the high school grid squad from 1897 to 1901 and the local professional football squad for two years during the high point of the heated rivalry between Oil City and Franklin.
He entered the postal service in 1906 under Postmaster W.H. Longwell and had expected to retired January 3, 1944. At the time of his death he carried mail for all of W. Front st.; Orchard st. from 300 to 320; North St., W. First and W. Second sts. From 400 to 800; Orange and Moran sts. From Front to Second; and Wyllis st. Front to frist.
Mr. Bassett was a member of the Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church for the greater part of his life, serving as trustee for over 36 years and as steward and chorister of the congregation. He was a member of Nursery lodge, F. and A.M., and Local 514, National Association of Letter Carriers.
On November 29, 1916, he married Miss Gretrude Goins of Massillon, O., the wedding taking place of that city. He is survived by his wife, a sister, Mrs. Ada Turner of Pittsburgh, and a number of nephews and nieces.
The body was taken to the Crawford funeral home and will be moved to the family home this afternoon. Funeral arrangements will be announced.