Wesley Slaughter, Jr., 84, passed away Sept. 18, 2012, at Freeman Neosho Hospital, Neosho, following failing health for two years.
He was born Jan. 2, 1928, in Newton County, to Wesley James and Viola (Rayborn) Slaughter. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Carolyn Sue Casey on Feb. 8, 2012; infant son John Edward Slaughter; his parents; five brothers; Norman, Albert, Ray, George, Troy; and one sister, Marie.
Mr. Slaughter was a lifelong resident and worked for Empire District Electric Co. as a clerk/dispatcher for 40 years before retirement in 1993. He was a graduate of Seneca High School and was a member of the Empire Retirees Club. Wesley belonged to the Oak Grove Baptist Church and was also a blood donor for the American Red Cross throughout his lifetime, having donated over 14 gallons of blood to help others. He and his wife, Jane, were also parents to 40 foster children through the Newton County Department of Family Services.
Wesley married Louise Jane Davis on Sept. 6, 1947, in Neosho. She preceded him in death on Feb. 26, 1993.
He is survived by his children; Mary L. and husband Dale Bond of Neosho; Connie P. and husband Rick Langum of Springfield, Mo.; Ronnie L. and wife Linda Slaughter of Noel; Richard W. Slaughter of San Antonio, Texas; one sister Opal Smith of Joplin; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and four and one on-the-way great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Clark Funeral Home, Chapel of Memories, Neosho. Retired employees of Empire District Electric will be seated as a group at the service. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Neosho, Rev. Johnny Wilkins officiating and Rev. Alan Brock assisting.
Friends may call from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Friday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho, where the family will receive friends from 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Missouri Baptist Children's Home c/o Clark Funeral Home, P.O. Box 66, Neosho, 64850.
The family would like to express a very special "thank you" to the nurses and professional personnel at Freeman Neosho Hospital for all the acts of kindness and the excellent care given to Wesley.
Arrangements are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.
Online condolences may be posted at www.clarkfuneralhomes.com.