Franz Keith Baskett, Sr., July 21, 1952~January 6, 2017

franzbaskett03Franz Keith Baskett, Sr., poet, painter, chef, English tea rose gardener and loving father, son, brother and friend, died January 6, 2017 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, at home after a brief illness.

He was born July 21, 1952 in Texarkana, Arkansas to Edward Keith and Carol June Baskett.

He received his BA in Art and English as a double major from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, did graduate work in sculpture and studio art at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge and received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arkansas.  He was a lecturer in Literature at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS. for five years, and has held a management position at NWArkansas Media for over ten years in Fayetteville.

He is survived by his mother, Carol June Baskett of Fayetteville; his sister, Mahala Olevia (Levie) Baskett of San Francisco, CA; his children: Sperry Workman (Curt) of Memphis, TN, Shana Kelly (Brian) of Central, LA and Franz Keith Baskett, Jr. of Aurora, IL.  His grandchildren are Allison and Jonathan Workman and Max and Violet Baskett; additionally, he is survived by his cousin, Laura Carol Goodman of Boulder, CO.  He was predeceased by his father, Edward Keith in 1984.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the University of Arkansas/Pryor Center, 1 East Square Center, Room 120, Fayetteville, AR. 72701-5394/Attn: Scott Lunsford (479) 575-6854.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Sequoyah United Methodist Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas at 2pm.

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    Carol Browning Silvey » 10. Jan, 2017

    The world will miss your creative presence, Franz. Those of us from your childhood will remember you and your family with our prayers.

    Dr. & Mrs. R.E. Vammen » 10. Jan, 2017

    We are holding you, Olevie and Franz’s children in our prayers, and asking God’s comfort for each of you.

    Doug Halter » 11. Jan, 2017

    I still remember starting school with Franz. What great memories of our childhood together.
    Thoughts and prayers are with your family

    Name » 11. Jan, 2017

    I am so very sorry Franz died way before his time….I and many others grew up with Franz…He was always a brillant, funny, shinning star when we were growing up in texarkana…..he was so witty funny….we knew his sis too! I am so very sorry for your sudden loss of your beloved son, brother, friend nd teacher…I am so glad he did not St uffer suffer long.

    Margaret Taylor » 12. Jan, 2017

    So sorry for your lose. Please accept my deepest condolences.

    Margaret Taylor

    Kelly Lyons » 13. Jan, 2017

    Mrs. Baskett, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your son. I will be thinking of you.
    Kelly Lyons

    Wanda Priestly » 15. Jan, 2017

    My prayers for Franz’s family. I am so sorry for your loss.