James "Buddy" Lassiter
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James "Buddy" Lassiter Pensacola - James "Buddy" Lassiter, 56, died Sept. 1, 2006. The graveside service will be at 11 a.m. EDT Tuesday, at Barrancas National Cemetery. Visitation will be at Oak Lawn Funeral Home (850-453-2321) from 6 to 8 p.m. EDT Monday. James was born Sept. 10, 1949 in Kingport, Tenn. He graduated from Florida High in Tallahassee in 1967. He served 32 years in the military and retired from the U.S. Navy Seabees as a Master Chief in 1999. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 240, in Pensacola. James is survived by his wife, Carol; two children, Amy Marie (Lassiter) Waite of Pensacola, and James F. Lassiter II of Seattle, Wash.; a granddaughter, Dominique Lassiter, of Crestwood, Ill.; and his mother Frances Lassiter Hines, of Tallahassee. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles O. Lassiter and his brother, Charles "Rusty" Lassiter.

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Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Sep. 3, 2006.
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May 17, 2016
August 29, 2007
After the tremendous journey on Earth your now at peace with the lord..Buddy save a place at the table for all of us. See yea soon.
You've been a true SEABEE!!
God Bless your Family, we'll keep you in our prayer's for your continued strength.
Paul & Sandy Blanchard
January 13, 2007
In My Pocket

I have memories in my pocket.
They rattle among the change.

My memories of you are treasures I carry wherever I go.

They are stored in bits and pieces, parts of a beautiful whole
They give me comfort when I think I am alone.

Yes, I have memories in my pocket, like so much other stuff I keep there.

But of all the treasures I have, it’s the memories of you that are the most precious.

Dianne Perkins
September 20, 2006
My deepest sympathy,
I just became a Chief this year and was hoping to have Buddy sign my book only to find out about his death. He had a huge impact on me as well as many others and will be missed greatly. I have a page dedicated to him.
UTC(SCW/FMF) Tim Hittle
September 15, 2006
Buddy was a great Seabee and great mentor. I served with him in Washington, DC and in 74. I know he was respected for he had the finest retirement ceremony I ever attended. My thoughts and prayers to the family.
Doug LeMere
September 14, 2006
Thinking of you often and praying for you to find strength for the days ahead and comfort from your dear sisters and sweet daughter.
Sis Smulik
September 12, 2006
Thinking of you during this difficult time. You have our deepest sympathy.
Bruce & Linda Rummel
September 12, 2006
We send our sympathy and will continue to pray for you. Eugene and Dorothy Blackburn
Dot Blackburn
September 12, 2006
Sorry to hear! I served with Buddy in Haiti in '96, he mentored me and took care of me when I reported to NMCB7. He will be missed!!
EQCM(SCW) Chris Mercer
September 12, 2006
Carol and Amy
Buddy was more like a brother to me than a brother-in-law. I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to know him, and was very proud to have him as a member of our family. I pray that God will watch over you both during this difficult time.
Tracey Rummel
September 8, 2006
So sorry to hear of your loss
You have are deepest sympathy
Barb and Ron Coleman
September 8, 2006
Carol and Amy, we're so happy we could be there for you during this most difficult time. Buddy was a great brother-in-law and loved by all the family.
Tom & Sandy Hart
September 6, 2006
Ms.Hines (You will always be Ms. Lassiter to me...)
I was shocked and saddened at the news of Buddy. Please know that you are in my prayers and in my thoughts.
Greg Wood
September 5, 2006
Served with in 133. Had great times together. Buddy always had a helping hand and will be sorely missed. God Bless you Buddy. Thinking of you Carol and family.
EOCS Terry Lebkicher
September 5, 2006
Our Deepest sympathy to the family,
I served with Buddy in NMCB 7 in Desert Sheild/Storm He will be missed.
Keith,Sandy Blanchard
Paul Blanchard
September 5, 2006
With deepest sympathy to the Lassiter family. I knew Buddy for less than a year but in that short time I found that he was a super individual and will be sorely missed by all of us. Time doesn't erase the pain but with the passing, will ease it. My prayers are with you.
Doug Bowling
September 5, 2006
I was so sorry to hear Buddy had passed away. Please accept my deepest sympathies during your time of mourning.
God bless you and your family.
Bonnie Cook
September 5, 2006
Buddy and I served in NMCB's 133, 74 and 7 plus a detail in DC. He was always a true and 100% dedicated friend, Seabee and fellow Chief Petty Officer. His contributions to the Naval Construction Force will march forward and he will be truely missed by all. May God bless your family in the time of your loss.
BUCS(SCW) William F. Stevens (Retired)
September 5, 2006
What a fun guy to work and play with! He was always a friend with great wit and a deep sence of honor to his fellow Seabees. He will be missed in this world.For the Ghost riders! Thanks Buddy!
Hank Barstow
September 4, 2006
Buddy was an inspiration to those that knew him and through his reputation to those that never met him. With my full respect to his family.

EA2 MCB-62
Donato De Santis
September 4, 2006
My deepest sympathy to Buddy's family. The world is a better place because of Buddy's presence and his long years of service to his country and his friends. A final salute to you Buddy.
Art Collins
September 4, 2006
My sympathy to you and all of Buddys family and friends.
Lee Ragsdale
September 4, 2006
Buddy was a good friend and shipmate to all who knew him. He was the person you called on when the going got rough, a true Seabee. He will be missed.
Richard Thorsten EQCM(Ret)_
September 4, 2006
Mrs. Lassiter, You are in our prayers and thoughts. Your Mother-In Law was great to work with and she often spoke of "Buddy." Your friends at Culley's MeadowWood in Tallahassee.
Culley's MeadowWood
September 4, 2006
Buddy was a true friend and a great Seabee. He was an Icon in our community and will truly be missed.
George Gooch
September 4, 2006
We are all saddened by the news of Buddy's passing. Buddy was of invaluable help to me in planning an MCB-62 reunion in 1998. He will be missed but never forgotten.
Patrick Barnett
September 4, 2006
Mrs. Lassiter and family; our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Ernie was stationed with Buddy in NMCB 74; to hear Ernie talk about him, he was quite a man.
BUC Ernie & D' Carpenter
September 4, 2006
I am sorry for your loss.
EQCM(SCW) Mark A. Marino USN-(RET)
September 4, 2006
The passing of a fellow Seabee is always sad, but we all look back at the good that one has left with us.
Paul Gooch
September 4, 2006
My deepest sympathy to Buddy's family. I served with him when he was Master Chief with the Reserve Seabees.
Bill Napert, Jr.
September 3, 2006
Buddy was a excellent person and seabee. He was always fair and always looked forward to what each person was capable of doing. I think everybody that knew Buddy lost the best of friends. I am extremely sorry for your loss.
Michael Buelow CE1/USN-Ret
September 3, 2006
Served with Buddy with NMCB 62 in Okinawa in 1976. He was a superb man. My thoughts are with his family.
Tom Treece
September 3, 2006
I am sorry to hear of Buddy's passing. My sympathy goes out to his family.
Jack Kaltenhauser
September 3, 2006
Buddy was great to work with. A great teacher, a mentor for many and one to be counted on when the need arose. He will be missed. My condolences to Mrs. Lassiter and family.
Randy Kuehn
September 3, 2006
Buddy was a good friend and shipmate, will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Kel Kaercher
September 3, 2006
Buddy was a great American and i was very poud to serve with him in NMCB 133.i'm sorry i can not be there but i'm presently in Djibouti Africa.
Michael Vankirk
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