William Lenox Laslett, a lifelong architect and lover of life, died suddenly on May 26, 2018 of a heart attack. He went out as he lived: dressed to the nines, loving a party, surrounded by family. He was 80.
“Bill” was born on October 5th, 1937 to Basil George Frederick Laslett and Persis Lenox Laslett in Albany, NY. They relocated almost immediately to Fayetteville, NC, which became the family home.
Bill enjoyed a happy childhood, which he often referenced, with his brother and sister before he achieved degrees from Woodberry Forest School, Colgate University (BA), Yale School of Architecture (MArch), UNC Gillings School of Public Health (MPH), and Virginia University of Lynchburg, which awarded him an Honorary Doctorate.
After his initial schooling, Bill worked in partnership with his father, also a Yale trained architect, at Laslett & Laslett Architects, in Fayetteville, NC for almost twenty years. Together, they designed all manner of buildings state-wide.
Relocating to Richmond, Virginia, Bill worked for prestigious architectural firms before opening his own office, WLL Architects. In his sunset years, he became an expert witness and architectural consultant.
Bill adored family – particularly his children – and his warmth, laughter and kindness will be missed by all.
He is survived by his wife, Phyllis McLeod Laslett and their son, John Angus Kingsley Laslett (Meredith Blackburn Laslett) and Bill’s two children, William Lenox Bradford Laslett and Alison Southworth Corning Laslett, and their mother and Bill’s first wife, Elizabeth Southworth Corning, II (Wayne Edward Reynolds). He is also survived by his sister Lorraine Persis Laslett (Charles W. Dinkel), his brother Basil George Frederick Laslett, Jr. (Mary Hartman Laslett), beloved niece and twin nephews, Julia Persis Elizabeth Dinkel, Edward Lenox Laslett and David Boggs Laslett; and finally, his only grandchild, baby Charlotte Olive Laslett, who could be lulled to sleep by her grandfather’s voice.
Jernigan Warren Funeral Home, which was designed by Laslett & Laslett Architects, is serving the family. Services will be held in their chapel at 545 Ramsey St., Fayetteville, NC at 11am on Saturday, June 2, 2018. Reception to follow. Please wear your brightest colors! His favorite palette. Suspenders encouraged. Burial will be private. A memorial service in Richmond will be announced later.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity in Bill’s name to reflect his dedication to social justice, community and design. Please contact Nathan Bright at (910) 483-0952, or mail checks to: Habitat for Humanity, PO Box 3166, Fayetteville, NC 28302.
Jernigan Warren Chapel
Saturday June 2nd, 2018
545 Ramsey Street
Fayetteville, NC 28301
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Please take comfort in this promise from God recorded in the Bible at Hosea 13:14. He had this put here for your comfort and to give your hope. Sorry for the loss of your loved one.
Submitted by DW on Jun 7 2018 11:48:10 AM
Hello Laslett Family, I'm a neighbor living in the area.
Having heard of Your most recent loss, I want to leave you a brief post. I too, well know the grief of losing love ones, and that at times like these, it is encouraging just to know that others are thinking about us. Something that has really helped me to cope with such losses, is the wonderful promise of Christ Jesus, recorded for our comfort at John 5 :28,29. I hope, that when you are feeling up to it, that you are going to look up these powerful Scriptures, in your copy of The Bible. Also, I hope that this brief note, finds The Family feeling as good as can be expected Today.
With Greatest Sympathy, Your Neighbor : P.D.Walker.
Submitted by P.D.Walker on Jun 7 2018 10:28:07 AM
Many Many years ago I delivered the Laslett's Fayetteville Observer. They were a very nice family and always very kind and gracious. My condolences, sympathy and prayers to the family at their loss.
Submitted by Dade Sherman on Jun 1 2018 06:53:22 AM
Sorry about the loss of your loved one. It is never easy .
The scriptures can be a comfort at his time.
Isaiah 25:8 let's us know, "He will swallow up death forever, And the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces."
I hope this helps.
Submitted by JoAnn on May 31 2018 08:17:42 PM
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