Lassiter remembered for dedication, selflessness

Published 2:06 pm Tuesday, June 29, 2021

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When county officials remember Billy Lassiter, they recall the love he had for his family, and the pride he had in his children and grandchildren.  They recall the dedication he had for his work with Beaufort County Animal Control, and the way he cared for animals. And they recall his “genuine” personality, which was reflected in the way he cared for his staff.

Lassiter, who served as chief office of Beaufort County Animal Control, died unexpectedly at his home on June 17. He was 48.

“Many people may have only experienced Chief Billy Lassiter as an enforcement officer for Beaufort County Animal Control, however this experience alone would leave you uninformed of who he really was,” said Carnie Hedgepeth, director of Beaufort County Emergency Services.

“Chief Lassiter was a proud father and grandfather.  He cared deeply for his family, constantly sharing stories of their times together, and the joy they all brought in his life. Chief Lassiter cared greatly for his staff, constantly looking out for their best interest in every way he could. Chief Lassiter was a dedicated servant to Beaufort County for over 10 years.  He loved to serve in his role. Chief Lassiter simply loved animals.  He took great care of each animal that came in his midst, whether a stray, a drop off, sick, or injured, Billy simply loved animals, and this love Billy had for his family, his coworkers, and for every animal he encountered is what I will remember most about his life.”

Lassiter was a Washington native. His love for animals was evident inside and outside of the office. He spent lots of time around his pit bull, Roscoe.

“My thoughts and prayers are with Billy’s family and friends during this very difficult time,” County Manager Brian Alligood said. “Billy was a great advocate for animals and loved the job he did.  He was a very genuine person who loved the outdoors and always had a smile on his face.  He worked everyday to make life better for the animals under his care and to find them forever homes.  He will be missed tremendously.”

Beaufort County Board of Commissioners Chairman Frankie Waters said Lassiter was “very professional and loved his job.”

“Billy was definitely an asset to our community,” Waters said.