August 19, 1945 ~ May 22, 2020

Born in: Millwood, KY
Resided in: Owensboro, KY

Shelby J. “Dad” Basham, 74, of Owensboro passed away Friday, May 22, 2020 in his home. He was born in his childhood home in Millwood, KY on August 19, 1945 to the late Shelby T. and Elsie Reynolds Basham. Shelby was a member of the Baptist faith. He retired from Hudson Machine and Manufacturing where he worked as a machinist for several years. Shelby loved his family, and enjoyed spending time with them. In his free time, he would tinker in his garage. He dabbled in carpentry, mechanics, and electronics, and would work on just about anything. He also enjoyed playing the lottery.

Along with his parents Shelby is preceded in passing by his wife, Shirley Gale Basham who passed away in 2015; and 17 brothers and sisters.

Shelby is survived by his children, Kandy (Bruce) Moorman, Shelly Reedy, Shelby (Brenda) Basham, Penny Parsons, Misty Basham, and Robert Parsons; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 3 siblings, Earl (Donella) Basham, Homer (Kathy) Basham, and Linda (Ronald) Beville; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial gathering will be held from 1:00pm until 3:00pm Wednesday May 27th at Haley McGinnis Funeral Home and Crematory.

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mr. Basham. Share your messages of condolence with the family of Shelby J. “Dad” Basham and sign her virtual guest book by going to


Memorial Gathering: May 27, 2020 1:00 pm - May 27, 2020 3:00 pm

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301

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  1. We are sorry and offer condolences & prayers. We are sorry we were unable to make it to his Memorial Gathering.

  2. Kandy and Bruce, So sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family are in our prayers.

  3. I’m sorry for your loss. Uncle Shelby can now shine in his full glory and rest easy. I wish everyone peace and comfort. ❤️🕊

  4. Shelby and Bianca parsons, With our deepest sympathy, we are so sorry to hear about the passing of your papaw. Prayers for you and your family

  5. Paul and Karen Payne offer our condolences to the family of Shelby. Aunt Shirley and Uncle Shelby will always be in my memories

  6. Shelby, Brenda and kids. I am sorry for your loss. You all are in my thoughts and prayers during this time.

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