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Rev. Dr. Clarence Ray LASSETER (1926 - 2014)

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Rev. Dr. Clarence Ray Lassetter of Ft Wright, KY passed away May15, 2014 at 9:15 am. Clarence was the son of Benjamin Poole Lassetter and Lola Louise Lyle, he was born in Harperville, Mississippi on May 13, 1926. He was welcomed into Heaven by his first wife Jean Rasco Lasetter and step son David Glass. He was a member of Ft. Mitchell Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife Gean Lassetter, daughters Elizabeth Lee Lassetter of Long Beach, CA, Leslie Ann Lassetter of Bellows Falls, VT , sons Scott Austin (Cindy Roser) Lassetter of Alpharetta, GA, Steven Lyle (Linda Ashcraft) Lassetter of Middletown, OH, step daughters, Kathy Lynn Glass of Katy, TX Becky Ann Glass and Robert McCurdy Austin, TX, and Cindy (James) Lassere of Lewisville, TX grandchildren Mark Finke Jr, Erika( Brad) Kalnai, Gabrielle ( Chris) Flynn and step granddaughter Kellie Glass. Clarence obtained the degrees of: BA University of Texas, BS in Naval Science and Tactics University of Texas, Bachelors and Masters in Divinity and a PHD in Theology from Southern Baptist Seminary. He was a WWII veteran who spent 42 years in the Navy and Naval Reserves as chaplain and retired in 1986 as a Commander. In later years he was also chaplain for the Sea Scouts Ship 717. After Seminary training he held pastorships at Raymond Baptist Church, Glen Allen Baptist Church and Ft. Mitchell Baptist Church. He spent 30 years serving seniors at Panorama Senior Center with Sunday morning services called Pan Chapel in the Panorama Apts which is associated with the First Baptist Church of Covington. His passion to help the public mental health was evidenced by 12 years at Comprehensive Care Center ( co- founder) and the founder of Droege House first established in Covington. He spent 22 years as Northern Kentucky Transit Coordinator, he taught math and philosophy at NKU and Chase Law School. He bridged the spiritual community and headed up the Protestant Association of Churches later renamed Interfaith Commission. His desire to grow fruits, vegetables, roses flowers ( he especially enjoyed tending to wild flowers), pecans and honey were loved and enjoyed by family, neighbors and various individuals in various communities in Northern Kentucky and the Cincinnati area. He was a member of the Ft. Wright Garden Club who met monthly in Covington. He loved working in his yard, one of his most beloved places to be. Visitation will be Saturday, May 17th at the Ft. Mitchell Baptist Church beginning at 1:00 pm until 3:45 pm with a Memorial Service at 4:00 pm. MIDDENDORF-BULLOCK FUNERAL HOME, ERLANGER is serving the family. Memorials are suggested to: First Baptist Church of Covington, 14 Brent Spence Square, Covington, KY 41011. Online guestbook may be signed at: www.middendorfbullock.com

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Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer from May 17 to May 18, 2014
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