Carrington Lassiter, Meherrin Elder / Bear Clan (1936-2023)

Carrington Wendell Lassiter (1936-2023), Elder of the Meherrin Nation

Thraweʔnáhkę  (He has Faith) Rayá·θę (He is called)
Uhčíhręʔ (Bear) rerʔęhsę́·te (is his Clan)
Kauwetsʔa·ka (People of the Water) tihruʔwnúʔnę· (is his Nation).

Carrington Wendell Lassiter or “Carl” as he was called, was born on April16, 1936 in Ahoskie, North Carolina to the late Henry Mckinley Lassiter and Blanch Hall of Union, North Carolina. On Friday, November 17, 2023 he peacefully answered the Master’s call at ECU Vidant Roanoke Chowan Hospital surrounded by his family.

At an early age Carl joined Second Baptist Union Church where he was on the Culinary and Trustee Boards. He loved his church family and would cook for them when he could.

Carl graduated from R. L. Vann High School in Ahoskie, North Carolina and went on to work at Tomahawk Restaurant. In 1983 he and his wife decided to open their own family business, Carrington’s Catering. Cooking and keeping his yard pretty were his passions. In 2006, Carl decided to retire.

Carl was a friendly, loving, kind and soft-spoken man and would do anything he could to help you. He loved his family and the Meherrin Indian Tribe where he was an Elder. He was passionate about his heritage. He loved when his family attended Pow Wow each year and looked forward to attending.

In 2017, Carl’s health began to decline, but despite all that he went through, he never lost his faith and always trusted God. Carl was preceded in death by his wife of sixty years, Ruth Lassiter, parents Henry and Blanch Lassiter; his siblings Grafton Lassiter, Crawley Lassiter, Ulysess Lassiter, Wallace Lassiter, Audrey Lewter, Dana Askew, Patricia Pool and Bernice Eason.

Carl leaves to cherish his memories, five children, Toni Lassiter, Pietrosante “Pete” Lassiter, Casares Lassiter, Sophia White, and Gino Lassiter; eleven grandchildren, Montreal, Tonieka, Tamara, Katomi, Kyester, KeVon, Torrance, Monique, Kelijih, Angel, and India; twenty-two great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild, three sisters-inlaw, Laretta Lassiter, Dean Lassiter and Gertrude Mitchell; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousin, and friends.

Ęθkę·ʔkęʔ (I will see you again).