Arley "Ron" Slater was born on Nov. 14, 1930 to parents Arley and Minnie Slater in Williamstown, Ky. After high school, he worked for Fisher Body before being drafted into the United States Army during the Korean War, where he served on the front lines as a secretary. After his honorable discharge, he went to work for Pepsi as a delivery driver.
He married Lillian Jones in 1956 and adopted her son, Michael. They relocated to St. Petersburg, Fla., where he began his long career with Sears Roebuck & Company as a Home Improvement salesman. He was awarded top salesman award so many times, his co-workers were glad when he retired! Every quarter that he was the top salesman, he won a prize...usually a cruise to the Caribbean. His co-workers said, "Now we will have a chance at the prize!" While in St. Petersburg, he enjoyed fishing in Tampa Bay and coaching Little League for several years.
After retirement, he moved to Live Oak, Fla., where he joined the American Legion Post 107. The Legion held their meetings at the public library at the time. Ron was instrumental to building the American Legion Post in Live Oak. He was Past Commander of the Live Oak American Legion Post 107 for multiple years. He was proud of his involvement with the Legion projects, especially cleaning up the Veteran's section of the Live Oak Cemetery with the local Boy Scouts. He was often at the Suwannee football games with the Jr. ROTC. He was an active member of Rocky Sink Baptist Church, Live Oak, Fla., often joining the choir. He enjoyed traveling, baseball, racing, fishing and coaching Little League in Live Oak, also for his great-grandson Haden, who he raised for 12 years.
He is survived by his special loving and devoted partner for the last several years, Janice Donaldson; son, Michael Slater; grandson, Michael Slater II; great-grandson, Haden Slater; niece, Bonita Harmon; nephews, Michael Abney and Tom Wieck; great-nieces, Crystal Abney and Toni Wieck; great-nephews, Michael Millken and Austin Abney, along with several other nieces, nephews and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Arley and Minnie Slater; wife, Lillian Slater; a sister, Delores Pouliot; half-sisters, Dessie Sheppard and Vivian "Dorothy" Nowak and a half-brother, Lester Wright.
Family will receive visitors on Saturday, Sept. 17 prior to the funeral service at Rocky Sink Baptist Church, Live Oak, Fla. starting at 10 a.m. with service at 11 a.m. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Harris Funeral Home & Cremations, Inc. of Live Oak, Fla. is in charge of all arrangements.
Published on September 13, 2016