The Obit For Si Lassiter

Silas Marion Lassiter

Published in The News & Observer on 8/28/2008

Silas Marion Lassiter, 87, died Tuesday, August 26, 2008 at Roanoke Chowan Hospital in Ahoskie.

He had been preceded in death by his grandson, Jeremy Shroats and his parents, Silas F. and Jessie Helen Lassiter.

A native of Northampton County, he was a farmer and was also a Technical Representative with several Agro- Chemical Companies from which he retired after 35 years of service. Marion was a man who gave of himself throughout his life.

He was a lifelong member of Conway United Methodist Church having been involved in all areas of church service including Lay Leader, Sunday School Superintendent, and various church boards. He served on the Board of Directors for First Citizens Bank and for Roanoke Chowan Hospital, Northampton County Board of Education, was a Town of Conway Commissioner and was one of the founding members of University Health Systems Hospice in Ahoskie.

He was a member of the Conway Ruritan Club and a Master Mason in Pendleton Masonic Lodge No. 418. He was a graduate of Atlantic Christian College where he was a star basketball and baseball player. He was thrilled to have been chosen to be inducted into their Sports Hall of Fame.

Marion was an athlete all his life playing semi-pro baseball with the Wilson Tobs and basketball in the Goober Belt League. He taught his children and grandchildren to swim and golfed into his last years of life. He was a proud World War II Army Air Corp veteran serving in the South Pacific Theater in Saipan.

Survivors include: his wife of 62 years, Anne Holloman Lassiter; one son, Joe Lassiter and his wife, Kathy of Kill Devil Hills; one daughter, Judy L. Shroats and her husband, Dave of Lillington; four grandchildren, Ian Lassiter, Emily Lassiter, Evan Miller and Lauren Shroats Taylor and her husband, Rusty; two great-grandchildren, Aiden and Avery Taylor; one sister, Helen Louise Lassiter of Conway.

He will long be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday in Conway United Methodist Church with Rev. Robert Hill and Rev. John Butson presiding, with special comments by Rev. C.B. Owens. Burial will follow in the Town of Conway Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Bridgers Funeral Home, Inc. in Conway on Thursday from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

They have requested that anyone wishing to share a memorial gift should do so to University Health Systems Hospice, P.O. Box 272, Ahoskie, NC 27910.