Official Obituary of

Rickey Lassiter

September 29, 1949 ~ February 12, 2024 (age 74) 74 Years Old

Rickey Lassiter Obituary

Ricky Wayne Lassiter, 74, of Sunbury, NC departed his earthly life of February 12, 2024, at his home. Ricky was born on September 29, 1949, in Edenton, NC to Mary Elizabeth Bonner Lassiter and the late John Willie Lassiter. Ricky attended Gates County Public Schools (Central High School), Gatesville, NC and years later he attended College of the Albemarle of Elizabeth City, NC taking classes in transportation of commercial vehicles and safety courses.

On June 20, 1969, he married Josephine Davis, and their union lasted for 54 years in which they created a legacy. He was the father of Anthony W. Lassiter and the late Marvin T. Lassiter. He had four grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He also had an extended family of children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In his early years he was a member of Warren Grove Missionary Baptist Church of Edenton, NC. He later joined St. John AME Zion Church of Sunbury, NC under the leadership of Reverend W. D. Drake. Remaining to the present leadership of Pastor Joseph Whitney, Jr. Ricky was a dedicated worker in his church. He was on the Steward Board #3 and other auxiliaries. He was a faithful member until his health started to decline. When he was not present in church, he would be listening on the radio airways or social media. He loved the Lord and gospel music.

Ricky was a hustler when it came to work; he wouldn't sit still until he found something that was more benefiting, and it would add growth. He worked on the Farm of Vahalla (Rocky Hock) of Edenton NC; Planters Incorporated of Suffolk, Virginia; Hofler Sawmill, Sunbury, NC; Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, VA; Gatling Logging Company of Sunbury, NC; Glover Trailer Leasing Incorporated (GTL) of Suffolk, VA (under Butch and Danny Glover as a company driver for 20 years). He went into business for himself as Lassiter and Sons Trucking Incorporated and was contracted to GTL for 10 years. He also contracted for W. B. Lassiter (Willie B. Lassiter) Trucking Incorporated of Sunbury NC; BTT Incorporated of Chesapeake VA; C.A. Perry Transit of Hobbsville, NC; J and S Logistics (JJ Morning) Suffolk, VA; Rountree Engineering and Contracting of Gatesville, NC (Dan Rountree). Unfortunately, he retired because of his health declining, but I (Anthony W. Lassiter) had him as my D.O.T safety man for Corporate World Trucking LLC of North Carolina to keep him going.

His unconditional love for his family was extended to all he met. He was a man of faith; he believed in tithing because God always provided. Ricky would call and talk to many people. He would always lend a hand if he could with open arms. If he could do you a favor, he gave you his word you better be up because he would start early in the morning. He helped anyone if possible, including teaching how to drive trucks. My father legacy was handed to my brother and I as we learned and gained experience just as he did. He supported many of their journey of 

transportation including teaching Kenny Boyd to drive a dump truck.  He didn't like to prolong anything. Growing up my father always had a fast car, if it didn't put out, he got rid of it. My Father liked to dress fly with Stacey Adams shoes and a hat to match. When he would step out, he would be as sharp as a razor. Not including enjoying life, he was no shy man when it came to creating new dance moves, listening to the young’un’s music, and listening to his old school music.

Ricky W. Lassiter was a member of The Pride of Sunbury Masonic Lodge #401 for many years. Ricky wasn't a stranger to no one; he always had a word for you and backed it with a joke afterwards. He had his own way of loving everyone. He received love, care and friendship in return to anyone he came in contact. He didn't get the education like I did but the wisdom he learned from his mom and dad, being on different jobs built him up very strongly. As fathers do, they share information to their loved ones and some who didn't have that father figure in their life he would teach them as well. He's been there for me and others as well. God has and spread it all around. He will always be affectionately remembered as Bubba, Little Deuce, Ricky, Slick Rick, Deuce, George, Pretty Ricky, Husband, Son, Brother, Dad, Granddad, Uncle Ricky, Mr. Lassiter, and Good-Looking Little Deuce.

Ricky was preceded in death by his wife Josephine Davis Lassiter, his son Marvin T Lassiter Sr, his father John Willie Lassiter, his sister Pamela Faye Lassiter. He was also preceded in death by his Father-in-Law Frank Davis, Sr., Mother-in-Law, Victoria Smith Davis, Sister-in-Law, Francine Davis, Brother-in-Law, Joseph and Eugene Davis

He leaves precious memories to his mother Mary Bonner Lassiter, his brother Willie B Lassiter and his son, Anthony W Lassiter.

He is survived by his Sister-in-Law, Eleanor M Davis, Brother-in-Law Willie J. Davis, Daughter-in-Law, Anita R. Lassiter. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Dorothy Thomas, Alexius and Acuria Lassiter and Marvin Lassiter, Jr.; Great Grandchildren: Cincere Thomas, Myla Allen, Aidan and Avery Beamon, Alaijah and Ayanna Wiggins, Mary and Molly Whitehead. Our extended family, Mykel Allen, Selena Beamon, Shekita and Derek Whitehead, Crystal and Lamont Cradle, Eric Phelps, Ashley, Asia and Tiquan Spratley, Victoria Perry, and Angela Spratley-Lassiter. Special friends, Shirley and Charles Phelps, Walter “Feet” Briggs, and especially the St. John AME Zion Church family.

On Friday February 23, 2024, friends and family are invited to gather to pay their respects to Rickey and his family at the funeral home for a viewing and visitation from 4pm to 7pm.

A celebration on Life service will be held on Saturday February 24, 2024, 12 noon at St. John AME Church in Sunbury, NC.

Immediately following the service, the interment will take place at St. John Church cemetery.

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February 23, 2024

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Community of Hope Funeral Service
357 Hobbsville Rd
Hobbsville, NC 27946

Celebration of Life
February 24, 2024

12:00 PM
St. John AME Zion Church
1102 US Hwy 158
Sunbury, NC 27979


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