Gwendolyn Reinhardt Esmaeel Lassiter

January 21, 1954 - August 11, 2022

01/21/1954 - 08/11/2022

Past Services

Thursday August 18, 2022

Additional Information:

Immediately following the service.

Thursday August 18, 2022
2:00 pm
Woodland Cemetery
Holly Street
Woodland, NC 27897

RICH SQUARE, NC – Gwendolyn Reinhardt Esmaeel Lassiter, age 68, passed away on peacefully on Thursday, August 11, 2022 at the Rich Square Health Care Center of Rich Square, NC

She is survived by her loving husband, Larry Lassiter; her son, Adam Esmaeel; two stepdaughters, Bailey Lassiter, and Amanda Lassiter; her devoted uncle, Dr. Walter Raleigh Parker Jr.; her sister, Mary Iva Reinhardt Gray, and many other caring friends and family members. Born in Suffolk, VA to Walter Ramseur Reinhardt and Gwendolyn Parker Reinhardt, Gwendolyn grew up in Woodland, NC, and later graduated from East Carolina University. In addition to investing in children as an elementary school teacher for many years, she was fondly known for her bright smile, infectious laughter, appreciation of music, and love of the East Carolina Pirates. In the next life, she is joined by her late son, Charles Walter Cothren, where they are happily together again.

Gwendolyn’s memorial service will be on Thursday, August 18th at the Woodland Cemetery, Woodland, NC at 2:00pm with Dr. J Brabban officiating, and a brief gathering at Woodland Baptist Church immediately following.

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Rich Square Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Esmaeel family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting

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Brenda Sims
1 year ago

I’m going to miss you so much.Im sad but happy because your in heaven with Charles waller Larry and Adam my thoughts and prayers are with you guys. God bless

Rita Bryant Harrison
1 year ago

May God Bless Gwen’s family and friends. So sad for your loss.

Susie B. Johnson
1 year ago

Gwen was a sweet person with a smile that would light up a room! So sorry to hear of her passing. Prayers!

Richard and Ethel Mae Hoggard Knowles
1 year ago

So sorry for your loss. Gwen was a very sweet and loving person. Thoughts and prayers for the family

Jenny Hix
1 year ago

Mary Iva so very sorry. Know that your family and you are in my prayers.

Sissy Myers Lee
1 year ago

My condolences to Larry and all of Gwen’s family.

molly burgwyn
1 year ago

RIP Gwen, we had alot of fun growing up together in Woodland and I am glad you were my friend

Debbie Wheeler Martin
1 year ago

I was so sorry to hear about Gwen . She was in our bible study group at Bethany UMC. She was a very kind person . Thoughts and prayers are with Gwen’s family ; May God guide and direct them at this difficult time.

1 year ago

Larry, my heart goes out for Gwens passing, she was a kind gal, much loved by all who knew her!

Anna B
1 year ago

Gwen ,you were a fun and loving light in my memories of growing up in Woodland. You will be missed by many. So glad our paths crossed in such a great childhood. Larry, Adam , Mary Iva and Walt Iam holding all of you in the light.