Sharlene Turner Slate
November 24, 1930 – May 3, 2021
Sharlene “Shine” Turner Slate, 90, of Collinsville, Va. passed away on Monday, May 3, 2021. She was born November 24, 1930 in Henry Va. to George H. Turner and Hester Hagwood Turner.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Will David Slate; sister, Ola Laxton; brothers, Woodrow, Carlton and Paul Turner.
She is survived by her sons, John David Slate (Katherine) and James Barry Slate (Karen); granddaughters, Lauren and Claire Slate; numerous nieces and nephews; and her special friend Tommy Holliman.
Sharlene retired from DuPont and later worked with Bassett Furniture Industries. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Collinsville. She was also a very proud and longtime member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She volunteered at Memorial Hospital of Martinsville for over 30 years.
She loved her family, enjoyed reading and working in her flowers.
A visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 7, 2021 at Collins Funeral Home Chapel. A graveside service will be held at a later date at the Slate Family Cemetery in Patrick County.
- George H. Turner, Father (deceased)
- Hester Hagwood Turner, Mother (deceased)
- Will David Slate, Husband (deceased)
- Ola Laxton, Sister (deceased)
- Woodrow Turner, Brother (deceased)
- Carlton Turner, Brother (deceased)
- Paul Turner, Brother (deceased)
- John David Slate, Son
- Katherine Slate, Daughter-in-law
- James Barry Slate, Son
- Karen Slate, Daughter-in-law
- Lauren Slate, Granddaughter
- Claire Slate, Granddaughter
- Tommy Holliman, Special Friend
- Mrs. Slate was also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Friday, May 7, 2021
Sharlene Turner Slate
May 5, 2021
Our mother passed away this week, and although she lived a long life and passed away peacefully, the world seems a little sadder with her gone.
She was a truly good person and a great influence to not only myself and my brother but to our friends she and my father opened their home to. There are many who credit her kind and generous influence as a factor in later success in life keeping them out of trouble. She treated them as one of her own, and they saw “Miz Slate” as a second mother.
She was a giving and compassionate person with a sense of community who volunteered at Memorial Hospital in reception for many years. She also worked hard in all her jobs to support our family. She also worked tirelessly to provide a comfortable home for our family.
She was a devoted grandmother who delighted in spending time with her grandchildren.She would spend many hours talking and laughing with her girls.
She was a good wife and a loyal companion, and when my father was sick and dying she refused to leave his side staying at the hospital all day and night for two months. Friends and family were concerned about her health, but she stayed on to make sure my father wasn’t alone as his health declined. She was also on hand giving care comfort to her parents at the end of their lives.
There are any number of people that you think will be with God when they leave this life. There are people that you admire and like, but you don’t know what is down deep in their soul. As far as our mother is concerned, I KNOW she is embraced in the glory of God and in the company of the numerous friends and family that have gone on before.
I was lucky to have known her. I was blessed to be her son.
May 5, 2021
Barry, Karen, Lauren, Claire and Tommy,
Our very deepest sympathies to all of you. May beautiful memories bring you comfort at this difficult time.
Michael, Lynn and Connor