Bobby Slayton

Bobby Joe Slayton, 54, of South Fulton died Aug. 27, 2013, at Murray-Calloway County Hospital.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Jacksonville Freewill Baptist Church, with the Rev. James Watford officiating. Interment will follow in Greenlea Cemetery.
Visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. Saturday at the Rawls Funeral Home and on Sunday from 11 a.m. until time of service at the church.
Bobby Joe Slayton was given the breath of life on April 22, 1959, and answered his call into God’s Heavenly arms on Aug. 27, 2013. Bobby was a career veteran of the United States Army for which he proudly served his country for 20 great years. Upon matriculation into the civilian job market, he successfully managed and co-managed a total of three Taco Bell restaurants. Both crew and loyal customers can attest that his strong ethic of courtesy, patriotism and discipline, all obtained via the Army, transitioned into a professional legacy that was absolutely dynamic.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 35 years, Laquita Slayton of South Fulton; two daughters, DeAndria Slayton of Louisville, Ky., and DeReka Slayton of South Fulton; his loving grandson, Jalen Cross of South Fulton; his mother, Martha Helen Slayton of Union City; his siblings and their spouses, Willie and Deborah Slayton Jr. of Germany, Shirley and Jerry Carter, Doris Slayton and Jerry and Juanita Slayton, all of Union City, and Joe Mac and Bessie Cawthon of South Fulton. Moreover, he is survived by cousins, Thomas and Felicia Lightner of South Fulton, who he referred to as a devoted brother and sister; his Aunt Adelle Dunlow of Fulton; his Uncle and Aunt Bobby and Anita Barton of Marietta, Ga.; his sibling-in-laws, Dorothy Pirtle, Peggy and Billy Bransford, Ada and Eddie Polk, Patricia Rose and a host of nieces and nephews. Last, but certainly not least, Bobby leaves behind an amazing military family, a loyal crew from Taco Bell Inc. and a host of children from around the globe that he and his wife, Laquita, cherished as their unofficial adoptees.
Bobby was preceded in death by his father, Willie Slayton Sr.; and in-laws, Ruben and Lela Pirtle.
Family and friends may leave condolences at www.rawlsfuneralhomes.com.
Published in The Messenger 8.30.13

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