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Cristanto Reyes Basilio

Cristanto Reyes Basilio
  • September 18, 1926 - December 11, 2016
  • MACON, Georgia

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Crisanto Reyes Basilio , known affectionately to so many as "PopPop," peacefully passed away surrounded by family on December 11, 2016, after 90 adventurous years of life. He joins his wife, Carolyn, and daughter, Lydia, who predeceased him. Left to carry on his love of life and sense of humor are his children, Lynn (Steve) Denny, Anita (Bart) Jones, and Cris (Mary Ann) Basilio, his grandchildren, Jessica (Matt) Sannito, Christy Denny (Stephen Fox), Kerby, Tazil, and Lille Jones, John (Candy) Basilio, Melissa (Andrew) Furth, Cris (America) Basilio, and Amanda (Billy) Wells, eleven great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson, and his faithful dog, Buttercup.
Born in San Antonio, Zamabales, Philippines, he joined the United States Navy at Subic Bay in 1945. PopPop proudly became a US citizen in 1956. He served in World War II, Korea, and Viet Nam, retiring with 22 years of service. He later worked at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and retired after 17 years. Throughout his life he was quick to make friends wherever he went. With his lively humor, one never knew who would be the star of his next prank. However, his greatest enjoyment was his family and he loved spoiling all of his grandchildren.
Visitation will be at Emerald Coast Funeral Home, Fort Walton Beach, on Thursday, December 15 at 5:00 p.m., and a service will follow at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.