Edward Smith Lassiter



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Edward Smith Lassiter born to Julian and Pattie Lassiter on August 28, 1935 in Wake County; left this world to be with his Lord and beloved wife Annie LaRue Hill Lassiter on August 14, 2017.

A funeral service will be held at 12 noon on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at Carlisle Funeral Home with the Pastor Johnny Hendricks officiating. Burial will follow in Edgecombe Memorial Park.

He was preceded in death by his wife LaRue Hill Lassiter; his parents, Julian Thomas and Pattie Blalock Lassiter; one brother, David Earl Lassiter; and a sister Nancy Edith Lassiter.

He is survived by a daughter, Vicki Lassiter Griffin, of Red Oak, NC; 3 sons, Edward DuWayne Lassiter and wife Sue, of Rocky Mount, their children, Katie and Benji (Tracie), son, Tony Russell Lassiter and wife Theresa, of Tarboro, their children, Joshua (Ashley), Jessica (Ron) and Clayton, son, Andy Dale Lassiter and wife Helen, of Rocky Mount, and their children, Reece and Dillon; sisters, Patsy (Aubrey) Bridges, of Garner, Janie Lynn (Dannie) Medlin, of Knightdale; brothers, Tommy Lassiter, of Hookerton, Mack Lassiter (Linda), of Clayton; nine precious great-grandchildren; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

At an early age in life Smith found his love of hearing hounds chase and tree coons in any and all the woods he could find to hunt. Smith grew to really love the Redbone hound breed of coon dog and developed and worked his Neuse River line of hounds for over 50 years. He helped start and manage multiple hunting and houndsman clubs across the state of NC. He served as a Master of Hounds in the Redbone Association for not just years but for decades. Smith loved his Redbone hounds. He loved to see a pup become a creditable hound. Smith placed his dogs in night hunts, bench shows and various houndsman hunting competitions over 300 times throughout his hunting career. He came to be known and called by his handle "Redbone" as much as his given name of Smith.

Smith loved his dogs but his deepest love was reserved for his wife of over 55 years. Annie LaRue Hill, of Garner, NC became his wife after he came home from serving our country in the Army for 2 years as a Military Policeman. LaRue was the love of his life and from that love 4 children, 1 girl and 3 boys were born. They grew tobacco and other crops and livestock on a small farm in Wake County NC along the Neuse River until 1975 when he moved to Edgecombe County to raise tobacco for research for the NC State Agriculture department.

Smith retired from the Department of Agriculture at the age of 62 and continued to hunt coon and raise the Redbone hounds he loved so much. In time measured in years and more years the loss of grown timber and the increase of cut over woods finally pushed him into another pleasure he had of running deer with hounds and foxhounds. Smith and LaRue lived within the boundaries of a special love that held them together. They did not live in boundaries that bind but those that were a guide that helped make the relationship endearing and very special. LaRue went to be with our Lord in November of 2011 and Smith has spent his days longing for her. Smith gave his soul to God through Jesus Christ long ago and based solely upon that faith lived knowing he would see his wife as a sister in Christ someday. That day came August the 14, 2017 when he was called home to be with the Master and loved ones eternally. Those who knew Edward "Redbone" Smith Lassiter knew him as a man who loved. He loved his wife and children and all his family. The fact that he loved his dogs was well known by all who met him. The truth is he was able to love like this because of the love imparted to his heart through Jesus Christ. Smith was a devoted Son of Christ and a longtime member of Penders Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Tarboro, NC.

The great hope his family knows is though he was a good man we will see him again not because he was good or we are good but because of the love and sacrifice of our God through his son Jesus the Christ. If Smith was here he would tell you not to get your priorities out of place. God, family, hard work ...then the hounds!

The family will receive friends and relatives on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at Carlisle Funeral Home from 6:00-8:00pm; and other times at the home, 1164 Tall Oaks Rd., Tarboro, NC.

Arrangements are by Carlisle Funeral Home, Inc., of Tarboro. Online condolences may be directed to the family by visiting www.carlislefuneralhome.com