Roy A. Lassiter

Published 3:28 pm Wednesday, November 9, 2016

BOYKINS — Roy Allan Lassiter, 97, affectionately known as “Pop,” passed away on Nov. 7, 2016, at Southampton Memorial Hospital.

Roy A. Lassiter

Roy A. Lassiter

Roy was born on Dec. 24, 1918, on a farm in Bertie County, North Carolina. He was the fifth son of Clyde T. and Evie Bazemore Lassiter. He was also predeceased by four brothers and their wives, Albert (Jane), Dick (Edwin), Turner (Virginia) and Hassell (Inez).

Survivors include his wife of 71 years, Kitty, and their three children: James Bland Lassiter (Brenda), Roy Allan Lassiter Jr. (Joan Claire) and Kitty Lou Pope (Greg); four grandchildren, Jennifer Osborne, Jessica Henderson (Dave), Bland Pope and Andy Lassiter; five great-grandchildren, Grayson, Avery, Tristan, Sophia and Hannah; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Roy was a member of Boykins Baptist Church for more than 81 years, where he held many offices including honorary life deacon. He was a charter member (1946) of the Boykins Lions Club, having served as president and treasurer; a member of American Legion Post No. 276, serving as post commander for five terms; a member of Boykins Masonic Lodge No. 287; and a Mason for over 70 years.

Roy served his country through the entire span of WWII serving as a captain in the Army Air Corps and a B-24 bomber pilot in the European Theatre. He served the community as the postmaster for 35 years, and retired in 1981 after more than 40 years of service in the military and postal service.

The memorial service with Masonic rites and military honors will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, in Boykins Baptist Church with the Rev. Raymond Bunn and the Rev. T. Floyd Irby Jr. officiating. Burial will be private.

The family will receive friends at the residence, and suggests that memorial donations be made to the Boykins Baptist Church or the Boykins Volunteer Rescue Squad.