Dorothy W. Lassiter
12/04/1924 - 01/04/2014 Saturday, January 4, after all earthly powers had been exhausted, God called one of His faithful servants into eternal rest. Affectionately known as Dottie or Dot Dot, Dorothy Lee Williams Lassiter in her 90th year departed this earth. She was a long time resident of Harrison Park Towers in East Orange, New Jersey. She was born on December 4 in Suffolk, Virginia. She was preceeded in death by both parents, Larcie Darling Smith Williams Futtrell (mother) and King Williams (father) and brother, James Williams of Philadelphia. She is survived by her brother Warren G. Williams of Newark, NJ, a son Eddie N. Lassiter, Jr (location unknown) and daughter Barbara I. Pinner (spouse Henry S. Pinner) of Charleston, SC, and sister-in-law Leona Williams of Philadelphia, PA. She is also survived by two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and a host of well loved family and friends. After graduating from Booker T. Washington High School in 1943, she attended Shaw University. Then she met and married Eddie N. Lassiter, Sr and relocated to Newark, NJ. Dorothy was educated in the school systems of Suffolk, VA and later attended and graduated from Virginia State College in Petersburg, Virginia in May of 1956 with a Bachelor of Science. She later obtained her Masters of Arts from Kean College of New Jersey in June of 1982. Mrs. Lassiter was also within 15 credits of obtaining her Ph.D. She was one of five educators selected to attend the Harvard-Lexington Summer Program in 1963. Mrs. Lassiter taught in the city of Passaic, NJ public school system for 43 years at Franklin #3 Elementary School. Dottie was committed to affirming the true character of every child who crossed her path. She was honored to be selected by the state of New Jersey as Teacher of the Year and used her monetary award to create a map of the United States on the exterior wall of the school that is still there today. She was a phenomenal humanitarian, an active member of Black Presbyterian United, and for years attended Elmwood United Presbyterian Church. She supported public television and continued aiding others throughout her life. Mrs. Lassiter was cremated and will remain in her beloved New Jersey in the mausoleum of Somerset Hills. A memorial is planned for January 18th at 11 am at Elmwood United Presbyterian Church in East Orange. To know Dottie was to love Dottie.

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