2008-11-20 / Obituaries


Dennis Murray (Sawdust) Lasseter, age 80, died Nov. 17, 2008 at his home in Laurel Hill, Fla.

He was born in Gadsden on Jan. 16, 1928 to James Oliver Lasseter and Maude Peake Lasseter.

After graduating from Gadsden High School, he attended college and played football at Western Tennessee. He served his country as a tail gunner in the Air Force during the Korean War and continuously told his family that the United States with all its faults is still the best place in the world to live. After returning home he worked for the City of Gadsden in the Street and Sewer Department, then worked selling vehicles and became a new vehicle dealer in Jackson in 1975. He was a colorful character who loved telling stories about his days in the Alabama Attorney General's Office in Montgomery in the 1960's. His service there was during the Administrations of Jim Folsom, George Wallace and Richmond Flowers. He also loved Alabama Football and left instructions not to set his funeral service during a game so other fans would be able to attend the game or enjoy it on television.

Survivors include his wife, Jeanea (Youngblood) Lasseter, who was at his side at the time of his death, (they were members of Village Baptist Church in Destin, Florida); one brotherin law, Rickey (Edith) Youngblood, Moss Point, Mississippi; children of his brother and sister, three nephews, one niece and their families.

He was also blessed with three grandchildren and one step-grandchild-Hannah Lasseter, Jackson, Mallan Sheffield, Thomasville, Bo Newsom, Kamryn Newsom, Grove Hill. Dennis's step-children are James Clay Duncan, Jr. (Kimberly), Hurley, Miss., Karla Duncan (Bill) Kelly, Concord. Ohio. Their children include Courtney and Casey Duncan and Coby, Kendall and Maren Kelly.

Preceding him in death were his parents, his brother Jim Lasseter and his sister Phyllis Lasseter Hicks, his wife Bettie Roberts Lasseter, mother of his two children, Dennis, Jr. (Rachel) of Thomasville, Jacqueline (Mark) Newsom, Grove Hill.

A time of visitation will be held at Collier Butler Funeral Home in Gadsden, Alabama Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008 from 6 until 8 p.m.

The service will be held at Collier Butler Funeral Home at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 21, 2008 and will be conducted by the Reverend Rick Cagle pastor of Cross Point Baptist Church. Burial will be at Crestwood Cemetery in Gadsden. Whitehurst Funeral Home in Crestview, Florida and Collier Butler Funeral Home in Gadsden are entrusted with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in honor of Dennis to the American Cancer Society 339 NW Racetrack Road, Ft Walton Beach, FL 32547.

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