December 22, 1935 – July 27, 2020
The last of a Slater generation are now back together again. JD Slater (84) was the last of eight children raised by Oliver and Hattie Slater of Turkey Creek, Kentucky. JD was born from humble beginnings, on December 22, 1935 at the “homeplace” on Slater’s Branch and passed away peacefully at his Brentwood, Tennessee home on July 27, 2020. He attended David Lipscomb College and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in business. JD was not easily forgotten and could be accurately described as a natural born salesman. He loved his family deeply, the lake (houseboat), and animals. During his early stages of Alzheimer’s, he often told the story of his pet groundhogs that lived under the porch as a child and his working goat, Billy.
He and Ruth Ann Viers-Slater married and had three children of their own, Leasa J. Slater-Clemons (Michael Clemons), Jeffery D. Slater and Kevin B. Slater (Laura Anderson-Slater). He is also survived by his grandchildren, Kaytlynn Clemons, Christian Clemons, Benjamin Slater, J. Dean Slater, and Samantha Slater. He will be lovingly remembered by his fiancée, Nancy Grear of Hendersonville, Tennessee.
Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00 PM Friday, July 31 and 10:00-11:00 AM Saturday, August 1. A celebration of JD’s life will be held virtually on Facebook live immediately following visitation on Saturday. You can access it directly at: https://www.facebook.com/WoodlawnRoesch.
A graveside service will be held for all who wish to attend at 11:45 AM at his graveside at Woodlawn - Roesch Patton Funeral Home in Nashville, Tennessee.
He loved deeply and was deeply loved. JD, you will be missed. From here on out, you’re going to have to “pack your own chute.”
Friday, July 31, 2020
Saturday, August 1, 2020
Saturday, August 1, 2020
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August 1, 2020
J. D. , You lived life here on earth to the fullest! Now, I pray you have the best adventures ever in the land that is purer than gold. You loved your family so much. I was impressed In this day and time, your whole Slater family annually had a huge family reunion, which you and everyone eagerly looked forward to every year.
You had a magnetic personality, never meeting a stranger. You cared for the unfortunate. You shared your blessings. I will always treasure your memory, a dear friend. I can almost picture you driving that houseboat right on into Heaven. Godspeed J. D. , Rest In Peace.
July 31, 2020
I met JD when we were both in college and working part time at Burt's Shoes. Little did we know that our paths would cross many years later when his sweet Kevin married our daughter Laura. From all the stories that have been shared , we know that he was hard working with a great personality and devoted to his family. We are saddened by his loss but know that these past few years have not been good to him. Although we grieve, we know that he is reunited with family, "safe in the arms of Jesus."
July 31, 2020
Dad!!! I realize it may be unusual for family to post but here it goes. I will never forget you as my little league baseball coach. I asked you to be the coach and you told me to consider it carefully. You said, "I will be twice as tough on you as all the other boys, so everyone knows I am not showing favoritism." I felt that way most of my adult life as well. As I look back over the years, it turns out that you weren't an idiot after all. Of course that's from a teenage perspective. As you grew older, I could almost see the tension in your face and body disappear. You made it to the end Pops and never had to wear those overalls with the safety pin again. I know it didn't always feel like it but I both Loved and Repected you deeply. Rest in peace Pops, Rest in peace!!!
July 30, 2020
My heart is broken. I am so sorry Bob and I can not be there.
My prayers are for all of you. The Slater Family members all have wonderful memories of this great man. My God bless you.
July 29, 2020
We shared so many wonderful memories with JD, from White Water Rafting, camping, working together at the Flea market & Christmas Village selling those blankets. Spending time at the lake on the houseboat. Way to many dinners and just enjoying life.
Your Dad will be greatly missed. So happy God placed him in our path. Sending our Prayers and Thoughts. Carol and Ricky Sullivan