Virgil Oakley Slaughter
Date of Birth: April 22, 1923
Date of Death: July 7, 2018
Obituary for Virgil Oakley Slaughter
V. Oakley Slaughter, age 95, a fifth generation Floridian, passed
away Saturday, July 7, 2018 at his home in Columbia TN.
Born April 22, 1923 in Bradenton,
Florida, he was the second son of Robert Eugene Slaughter and
Annie Lorraine Smith Slaughter. On November 5, 1943, he married
the love of his life, Althea Murray Carter Slaughter. Following
seventy years of marriage, Althea proceeded him death in 2014.
Oakley was a life time member of the Church of Christ, worshipping
most recently with the Smyrna Road congregation in Lewisburg
Survivors include his son, Bob
Slaughter (Pam) of Columbia TN and daughters Candace Blankenship
(Claude) of Brentwood TN and Debby Rowley (Alan) of Melbourne,
Australia. He had ten grandchildren living from coast to coast
in the US and in Australia and twenty-four great grandchildren.
Oakley was also survived by his sister, Dora Ella Sheffield of
Florida and his sister-in-law, Priscilla Holbert of Virginia
and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and
wife, Oakley was preceded in death by his brother, Cyril O (Buck)
Slaughter, his sister, Dorma Jean Slaughter and his eldest son,
Richard Greg Slaughter.
As a Christian, his first priority
in life was always the will of God. He was a faithful man of
God, serving as an elder in three congregations and teaching
Bible classes. He never missed an opportunity to encourage others
in their love for and obedience to the Lord while remaining a
humble and dedicated servant himself.
Oakley was a grocer by occupation,
starting work with his local A&P Food store when he was just
a youngster and working with them part-time when he was a student
and fulltime after graduating from high school. He returned to
A&P after serving in the US Navy, seeing active duty in WWII
including involvement at Normandy in the D-Day invasion. He worked
with A&P in numerous roles over a forty-three year career
after which he became the owner of Towne Square Grocery in Perry
FL. The store opened many avenues of ministry for Oakley as he
reached out to people in all walks of life. He retired from his
career at age 69.
The honorary and active pall bearers
are: Oakley's grandsons Mike Rapp, Trace Blankenship, Chris Alley,
Kevin Demoff, CJ Blankenship, Jon Blankenship, Chris Blankenship;
great-grandson, Blaine Hendry; and dear friend, Buster Collins.
The family will visit with friends
on Monday, July 9, 2018 from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Williams
Funeral Home in Columbia and on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 from 12:00
pm until 1:00 pm. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday,
July 10, 2018 at 1:00 pm with Earl Campbell officiating. Interment
will follow at Polk Memorial Gardens.
A special thanks to Oakley's friends
far and wide who spent time visiting with him, calling, sending
cards and church bulletins, and holding him in their prayers.
Williams Funeral Home is assisting
the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be offered