**Updated Hospice address: If desired, in lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Community Home Care and Hospice, 2479 Hurt Dr., Rocky Mount, NC 27804.
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
Carlisle Funeral Home
Wednesday August 16th, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm
701 Hospital Drive
Tarboro, NC 27886
Carlisle Funeral Home
Thursday August 17th, 2017
12:00pm - 1:00pm
701 Hospital Drive
Tarboro, NC 27886
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Bernie & Melissa Taylor lit a candle on Aug 28 2017 04:12:48 PM
Andy and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family.
Donna Woodcock Price
Submitted by Donna Price on Aug 17 2017 11:22:30 AM
Vicki and Andy, so sorry to hear of your dad passing away! Prayers for you and your family!
Submitted by Evelyn Gay on Aug 17 2017 07:45:23 AM
I was so sad to hear of Smith's death. What can I say about about Smith Lassiter? A man I worked with and have known for over 25 years. When Smith came to work at the Upper Coastal Plain Research Station in Rocky Mount he was bigger than Life. You immediately knew he was a man of integrity and truth. You always knew where you stood with Smith. He gave 100% to his job. Well liked and respected by his fellow workers and by the scientist from NC State. They knew he would get the job done. Smith knew his job like the back of his hand and it was evident in his success in his job. Smith worked many temporary employees through the years. During that time many would stop by to say hello to him. I learned a lot from Smith. My Dad was a hunter so I could talk to Smith about hunting. Because of this, I can talk about coon dogs, coon hunting, trapping and fishing. Also about "chewing tobacco". Smith was a team player, able to work in any capacity where he was needed. There weren't many things he could not do, from construction to repair work. I have a beautiful table in my home that he made for me in his shop. There were three things I knew about Smith, he loved his wife Larue, his three sons Andy Tony and Dewayne and his daughter Vicki. The three sons worked as young boys in the tobacco program with their Dad. He leaves a great legacy in his children. I could go on but I'm sure Smith would say 'that's enough". Rest well my friend, you will be missed. I'm so glad I knew you and had the privilege of working with you. To the family, I am so sorry for your great loss but glad for all of the memories you have of your Mom and Dad. God bless.
Submitted by Alice Burchfield on Aug 17 2017 12:02:44 AM
We are so sorry for your loss and sorry we cannot attend the services. Your mom and I were good friends in high school and I remember the nights I spent with her. Her mom always made corn pudding for me when I went. I also remember going to their 50th wedding anniversary. They were proud of their children and I know you will miss your dad too but just for a little while as you will see
him and your mom again. God bless! Trudy (Atkinson) Franks--still in Garner.
Submitted by Trudy Franks on Aug 16 2017 10:55:05 PM
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Alice Burchfield lit a candle on Aug 16 2017 10:40:16 PM
Tony, I am sorry to hear about the loss of your father. I remember you always talked about him much respect and fondness. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and you family. Sandy Norris
Submitted by Sandy norris on Aug 16 2017 05:20:23 PM
Well Andy Dale, I guess your Daddy and Bubba are listening to the dogs tree in heaven now. I'm quite sure my Bubba was waiting for him at gates and welcomed him, but I'm sure he had to stand behind your sweet mama. I am so very sorry that yawl lost your daddy, but we all know heaven gained such a sweet man. May the Good Lord touch each of you and ease your sadness. Love yawl....
Submitted by Dennis & Jennifer Eason on Aug 16 2017 12:21:49 PM
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Dennis & Jennifer Eason lit a candle on Aug 16 2017 12:10:55 PM
So very sorry , your dad was such s special person,my late husband don Morris spent many joy filled nights walking thru the woods coon hunting,some of the best memories in his life included smith and the coon dogs,as that country song goes he'll be happy on the outskirts of heaven with his precious Larue,praying for all of you,Don and Jeannie
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