Horace Nelson “Mutt” Lassiter, 1934-2020

Horace Nelson “Mutt” Lassiter entered into eternal peace on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 surrounded by his family at the INOVA Loudoun Hospital. Those who were not in attendance were there in spirit until his last moments. He was born on August 13, 1934 to James and Ellen “Louise” (Nelson) Lassiter in Leesburg, Virginia.

Nelson attended school in Loudoun County and obtained his GED. He served in the Marine Corps and learned his trade as a barber. Shortly after he was honorably discharged, he obtained his barbering license and began working at Robinson’s Barbershop. In the mid 1960’s, he became the owner and later retired in 2018. 

Nelson was a member of the Agape United Methodist Church in Purcellville, Virginia. He learned to lean and depend on God knowing that no one else could meet that expectation. Nelson’s contributions to his community are countless. He touched the lives of many through story-telling, coaching, mentoring, and many acts of kindness.  

Nelson was preceded in death by his parents, James and Louise Lassiter, his sister Elizabeth (Puffy) and two brothers, Billy and Bobby.  

Nelson and his surviving wife, Louise (Thornton) recently celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary on April 18, 2020. He is also survived by his daughter, Elaine Lassiter of Manassas, Virginia; his son, Phillip Lassiter (Debbie) of Waterford, Virginia; his sister, Audrey Corbin of Winchester, Virginia; his cousins, Sarah Thomas of Purcellville, Virginia; Gloria Ann Trent of Stafford, Virginia; and loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and family friends. 

Graveside services and Interment for the family will be privately held at the  Mt. Olive Baptist  Church Cemetery, 37762 Cooksville Road, Lincoln, VA 20160.

Arrangements by: LYLES FUNERAL SERVICE, Serving N. Virginia. Eric S. Lyles, Director. Lic. VA/MD/DC. 800-388-1913.

2 thoughts on “Horace Nelson “Mutt” Lassiter, 1934-2020

  • 2020-06-12 at 7:23 am

    Mr. Lassiter was a friend and a mentor to many young men. He always had a story to share and a life lesson he wanted to impart.

    His impact on Loundoun County and Leesburg is his legacy and his warm smile will be missed.

    Rest well my friend and thank you for your service.

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