James Kenneth Slater

April 30, 1937July 11, 2018

James K. Slater, age 81, passed away at his home in Jacksonville FL, surrounded by his family on Wednesday, July 11, 2018.

James (“Jim”) was born April 30, 1937 in Covington, Kentucky to Robert and Loretta Slater. Jim graduated from Bellevue High School in Bellevue, Kentucky and received his B.S. degree in business from the University of Cincinnati. Jim served in the United States Air Force Reserve during the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis, and started his banking career at Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati, relocating with his family to Jacksonville in 1972 to work for Barnett Bank. After 23 years and many executive positions with Barnett, Jim retired in 1995 as President and CEO of Barnett Insurance Company.

Jim married his high school sweetheart Mary L. Halloran in Bellevue, KY on November 28, 1957, and together they raised a beautiful family with four children and nine grandchildren. Jim enjoyed everything about his family, and those around him loved his quiet and calm nature, his playful sense of humor and his delight in a good joke. Jim was blessed with a natural inner strength, a strong intellect and an unpretentious nature. Jim believed in following matters of the heart, hard work, honesty, physical activity, and the outdoors. Jim lived an active life – family, career, yard work, tennis, painting and fishing were among his passions. Jim served as Captain of the Queen’s Harbor tennis team and loved to meet his “tennis buddies” for coffee in the mornings. Jim was proud of having graduated from the Outward Bound International Leadership Program: “To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield”. Jim was also an avid painter, and enjoyed painting with his many artist friends. Jim and Mary traveled extensively in their retirement, enjoying the natural beauty of the world and its many diverse cultures.

Jim is succeeded by Mary, his wife of 60 years, four children: Greg (Robin) Slater, Tim (Karen) Slater, Amy (Dave) Beiser, and Mark (Anna) Slater, nine grandchildren: (Kaitlin, Ryan, Jessie, Brooks, Amanda, Lauren, Emma, Mia and Aidan) and many nieces and nephews. Jim precedes his brothers Robert (Judy) Slater, Gary (Patricia) Slater and sister Barbara Barnes.

A Mass for Jim will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 11:00AM at Our Lady Star of The Sea Catholic Church at 545 AIA North, Ponte Vedra Beach Florida, 32082. The family will greet friends after the Mass at the Cultural Center adjacent to the Church.

The Slater family would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to all of the staff at The Mayo Clinic and Community Hospice & Palliative Care for their compassionate and loving care.

HARDAGE-GIDDENS CHAPEL HILLS, 850 Saint Johns Bluff Road North, Jacksonville, FL 32225, is serving the family.


  • Memorial Mass Saturday, July 21, 2018

James Kenneth Slater

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Derek Noske

August 9, 2018

Dear Mary, it was with a heavy heart that we learned of Jim's passing. Our heartfelt prayers and condolences go to you and your family. In the years that Jim and I worked together at Barnett he always showed his thoughtfulness, integrity and was a person that you could, without exception, rely on.
One of my special memories of Jim involved a trip to Colorado where he, Andy Higgins and I spent several days together in the process of turning over the operational responsibility of the company. Jim as always was thoughtful, dedicated and we got to know each other in a more relaxed environment. Those memories of our time together on the ski hill as well as, the many meetings we attended together, hold a special place in my heart. Eileen and I recall fondly sharing with you and Jim at many functions your friendship and kindness. Words can never compensate for the hurt that the loss of a dear loved one creates. We know that Jim is with our Lord and that God will help you through this very difficult time.
Our prayers are with you and we have lit candles at our Church for Jim. and you and your family.
God Bless.
Derek and Eileen Noske

Jerry Wood

July 19, 2018

So sorry to get this news. A good man gone from us.