Calvin E Slay

November 20, 1936March 30, 2021

Obituary of Calvin E. Slay

Calvin was the Son of the late Eddie Slay and Bessie Lee Slay who preceded him in death. Preceding him in death also includes a Brother, Curtis Slay, and a Sister Maxine Franklin.

Calvin was born in Jackson, Mississippi where he attended school and Tugaloo College. Calvin entered the military and was honorably discharged, then relocated to Las Vegas in 1961. Calvin’s occupation in Las Vegas was Construction Millwright from which he retired. He was a proud member of “United Brotherhood of Carpenters,” “Joiners of America.” Local 1607, member for 50 years. Calvin was gifted with a great sense of humor and had a very friendly spirit. He enjoyed cooking, listening to “Blues” music, playing Dominoes, and talking about the Old Days. He never met a stranger, always found good in everyone.

Calvin leaves to cherish his memory Wife Andrea Thornton-Slay, Sons Jefferey Davis (Janet), Ausby Slay (LaSonya), Cedric Boatwright, and “Son-in-love” Kenneth Hall, Brother Clifton Slay, Sister Lillian Davis, a host of grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.


  • Visitation

    Friday, April 9, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, April 9, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Friday, April 9, 2021


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Juanita Shaffer

April 9, 2021

I was so sorry to hear of Calvin's passing. This is such a blow, following the passing of his sister, Maxine. I will never forget his, "This is my story and I am sticking to it" storytelling that he did at Aunt Bessie's 80th Birthday Party and at the family reunion at the hotel. He had everybody in the rooms belly laughing. Calvin always had a smile on his face and a sweet spirit about him. He will truly be missed. Rest in Heaven Cousin Calvin. We will never forget you! My prayers go out to the entire family in this time of bereavement. Love you all!

Tonya Davis

April 9, 2021

Uncle Calvin was such a Loving Man and a Man of Laughter and he had So Much Joy. Even though he suffered in His Last days on earth - He didn't complain -- He just told me he was tired. May His Soul rest In Jesus. I Love Him So Much and I Definitely- Definitely will Miss Him!!! Love You Uncle Calvin.

Marilyn Shears

April 8, 2021

My Dearest Cousin Andrea,
I fondly remember our first meeting Calvin when Oscar and I met you two at the Nashville Airport ,August 2015. We all were together on our way that next day to Tupelo Mississippi for our family reunion (Jones-Miller-Hayes).
Calvin was always a gentleman and never a stranger did he meet.
I will miss his voice and humor when ever I called you and you were out. RIHP Sir.

Loving Cousins, Marilyn & Oscar
Raleigh NC

Sebrina McAfee-Foster

April 8, 2021

So sorry to hear about Calvin's passing. I grew up next door the the Slay Family in Jackson MS. He was always so nice and friendly Whenever he came back home to visit.

Sending prayers to the family. May God give you peace.

Sebrina McAfee Foster

Brenda Taylor

April 8, 2021

We will truly miss you cousin. You were always the life of the party.
Thank God there's no more sickness, no more pain.

Love for always.

Allison & Eugene Cherry

April 8, 2021

Dear Andrea, Ausby and family:

Calvin was a wonderful man and a fun guy.
We were so glad to be able to see him and laugh together when we visited Las Vegas in 2013.
Uncle Spud’s sister Melvin (Allison’s mother)
thought Calvin was a great friend.
Our condolences and prayers are with you.

Mark Milton

April 8, 2021

A once in a lifetime friend and brother. I have a lifetime of memories that I will always cherish. Rest well Slay.

With thoughts and prayers for the family.
Mark Milton and family, Jackson, MS and Chicago, Il

Merle Shorey

April 8, 2021

Calvin was a great man and fun to be around. Enjoyed working with him.

Jimmie White

April 6, 2021

Dear Family & friends, I have known Calvin my whole life and he was my late father Primas White 's best friend. They called each other Dad and talked on the phones for hours. I will never forget how much he loved my parents Primas and Lula and my siblings. He had a great smile and laugh that was infectious. He had a heart of gold and my whole family loved him. I will never forget him for always being that neighbor next door back in the day (Las Vegas). He treated me and my siblings like we were his nephews & niece. He could tell such good stories and he would make you laugh until you cried. I still remembering him coming to my wedding and all of my family's events. We want to extend our love and prayers to his wife and family. Rest in power and you will be missed. Jim and Vee White, Everett, WA

Primas White Jr

April 6, 2021

One of my Dad’s best friends. After my Dad moved us to California, I realized just what a friend Calvin was, they called and talked for hours. My Dad got sick, Calvin didn’t let him deal with it without him. A friend, a Pal,a brother, they would always address each other as “Dad”. My Dad needed him. He was there when I lost my Dad and I saw the loss he felt. You’re together again, you can still call each other DAD ... say hello for me ... REST IN PEACE 🙏🏾🙏🏾