WINDER – Jerry Lassiter, 77, died Tuesday, June 2, 2009.
Mr. Lassiter earned a bachelor’s degree in music and was a band director when drafted into the Korean War. He earned a master's degree in accounting and became a Certified Public Accountant and was a co-partner in an accounting firm in Dallas, Texas. He became a partner in KPMG Accounting firm and was the coordinator of the Southeastern Regional Financial Institutions division; was president and chief executive officer of First Federal Savings Bank of Georgia; and was a partner in C & L Consumer Finance.
Mr. Lassiter was a director of Financial Institutions Retirement Fund, White Plains, N.Y., and Electromagnetic Sciences, Duluth, Ga.; was a faculty member of the University of Georgia School of Banking and the School of Banking of the South, Baton Rouge, La.; was president and chief executive officer of First Federal Savings Bank of Georgia, Winder; was a guest writer of articles for professional publications; was a guest speaker at several of the annual meetings of financial institutions; was a lifetime member of the Barrow County Historical Society; was chairman of the board of the Barrow County Industrial Development Authority; was chairman of the board of Barrow County Hospital; and was president of the Chamber of Commerce, where he started the passing of the cannon ball from the outgoing to the incoming president, and it is still being done 26 years later.
Mr. Lassiter was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; the Georgia Society of CPAs and Texas Society of CPAs.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Bobbye; two daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Wayne Barber, and Kay and Tom Morris; four grandchildren, Houston Barber, Clayton Barber, Hannah Morris and Haley Stapleton.
Funeral services were held Friday, June 5, in the chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Jim Brooks officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Peace Place, P.O. Box 948, Winder, Ga., 30680, First Christian Church, 275 North 5th Avenue, Winder, Ga., 30680 or Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter, 1925 Century Boulevard, Suite 10, Atlanta, Ga., 30345-3315.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.