BASINE ~ Thelma Ryles Basine transitioned into eternal life November 10, 2020. She was born September 12, 1940, in Shamrock, Florida, to William Ryles and Rose Lee Davis, both preceded her in death.
She moved to Jacksonville as a young child. Affectionately called Peaches, nickname given to her by her Dad. One of her fondest childhood memories was reading the newspaper with her Dad. She completed high school in Jacksonville, Florida.
Thelma retired early from Livingston Exchange/Ford Distribution Company in 1995 at the perfect age of 55.
She was a fluent football fan. A loyal, steadfast Dallas Cowboy devotee for over thirty-five years. She was Enthusiastic for the Jacksonville Jaguars. And Optimistic for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A typical game day for Thelma consisted of a hot cup of coffee and this statement, “What, I can’t talk, the game is on, call ya later.” She was a truehearted fan who enjoyed yelling and talking smack with family and other patrons, even when her team was losing. Thelma remained firmly planted in her seat until the game was over, holding to the motto, “it ain’t over ‘til it’s over.”
Thelma had a passion for fishing. On the pier from sunrise to sunset, rain or shine. Catching fish was second nature and an educational skill that, when passed on, last a lifetime. Teaching her grandchildren to fish, play cards, share experiences, and give advice brought her hours of unforgettable moments.
Thelma chose to bring strength and courage to every obstacle she faced. She lived a full life that touched and enriched the lives of everyone around her. Ms. Thelma, Mamma, Granny could encourage you, love you, and discipline you in the blink of an eye. Thelma voluntarily counseled family and friends. She could see your disappointment as your most tremendous success. She could feel your heartache and give you a word of wisdom that carries with it a seed of an equal or more significant benefit. One of her quotes, Baby! “been-there-done-that.”
Thelma was preceded in death by her brother, William Ryles Jr; sisters, Grace Mae Murphy and Ruth Ryles Robinson. She leaves to cherish her memory, daughters, Deborah Lacretia Ryles (Benjamin), Jacksonville, Florida, Lisa Diana Duncan (John), Riverview, Florida, Sandra Dean Basine Bryant (Wayne, Sr.), Tampa, Florida; grandchildren, Erika Michelle Willaims, Tynessa Nicole Moore, Lisa Elizabeth Hicks, Jocelyn Monique Williams-Duncan, Juwanna Lakiesha Zier (Justin), Wayne Wendell Bryant Jr. (Lauren); great-grandchildren, Ellis Ja’mon Horne Vl, Devonte Conner, London Gibson-Garba, Zriah Sandra Zier, Kayden Zion Zier; great-great-grandchildren, Ellis Ja’mon Horne, Jr., Noa Brielle Bryant; godson, Curtis Jones; a host of other beloved family members and friends.
She will forever be remembered for her quirky sense of humor, zest for life, and her unwavering devotion to Family and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Ms. Thelma will be missed dearly.
Memorial Service for Thelma Ryles Basine will be 1:00 PM, Saturday, November 28, 2020 at Northside Church of Christ, 4736 Avenue B, Brother Charlie McClendon, Senior Minister, Officiating. Because of the love of her family, arrangements entrusted to J. E. Fralin & Sons Funeral & Cremation Services, 5065 Soutel Dr, 904.924.9400.
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