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James C. “Jim” Lassiter, Jr.

Sept. 8, 1931 – Dec. 8, 2010

James C. Lassiter, Jr., 79, passed away on Dec. 8, 2010 at the Olin E. Teaque VA Medical Center in Temple, Texas.

He was born in Exeter, Calif. on Sept. 8, 1931, and was the son of James C. Lassiter, Sr. and Annis Ferrell Lassiter.

He grew up on a working farm in Naylor, Mo., and was the eldest of 7. Upon graduating from Naylor High School, he enlisted in the Air Force on June 16, 1950 and served in the Korean War as a Staff Sergeant in Okinawa, Japan.

He met his beloved wife, Shirley Ruth Wilson, in 1951 while stationed at Ellington Air Force Base in Houston.

They were united in marriage in Houston on Aug. 21, 1954.

He attended the University of Houston where he obtained degrees in finance and psychology; following that he attended Northwestern University in Illinois where he obtained his masters degree in finance.

In 1973, he moved his family to Bellville where he had accepted a position at the First National Bank of Bellville as a Mortgage Loan Officer. He later became self-employed and was owner and president of Lassiter Investment Company, a real estate development and home building company in Bellville. 

Throughout his years in Bellville, he was an active member of many clubs and organizations.

He and his family were members of St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Bellville for many years, and upon the death of his wife in 1996 he relocated to Sealy.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Frydek. He was a 4th degree and lifetime member with the Knights of Columbus, and a past commander and active member of the American Legion Post 442 and a member of the VFW 5601.  

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Shirley, on March 31, 1996. 

He is survived by his adoring children, daughter, Karen Ruth Lassiter-Fuller and granddaughter, Noelle Dilan Kaley Fuller of Sugar Land; his son, James H. Lassiter of Sealy; his siblings, Garry Lassiter, Donna Seal, David Beasley, Margie Slaton, Tom Lassiter all of Missouri; and numerous other relatives and many friends.

Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010, at 1 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Frydek.

Posted by Joy Neely


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