Nathanial Albert Slaughter (Than or Nat) 76, departed this life on Wednesday, January 14, 2009. He was born July 29, 1932, to the late Albert and Juanita Slaughter in Draper, Va. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Tokey L. Slaughter; his brothers Reverend Perry Slaughter, Deacon Richard Slaughter, Deacon Peter Slaughter, Reverend C.G. Slaughter, and his sister-in-law, Melinda Slaughter.
He is survived by his daughter, Angel (Olivia) Peoples of Pulaski, Va. and his son, Nathanial/Junie (Millie) Slaughter Jr.; two granddaughters, Katesha (Amar) Coggins and Kandance (Quniton) Slaughter; two great grandchildren, Sahyniha Coggins and Jayden Taylor; one step-great granddaughter, Hailey Coggins all of Winston- Salem, NC ; one godchild; Demariah Miller, who loved to call him Paw-Paw; two brothers, Douglas (Shirley) slaughter of Draper, Va., Joseph (Tokey) Slaughter of Pulaski, Va.; one sister: Joyce (Ronald) Thompson of Woodbridge,Va.; three sisters –in- laws, Peggy slaughter of Pulaski, Va. , Lovenia Slaughter of south Orange, NJ and Doris Slaughter of Draper, Va., and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was an active member of the VFW Post 1184 Honor Guard, on the board of directors of the Hensel Eckman YMCA, a member of the Baptist General Association, as well as the St. John’s Lodge #35 in Christiansburg, Va. He graduated from Christiansburg Institute (CI), the Maintenance Craft Mechanics Program at New River Community College and Virginia Union University of Technology, where he studied several religious courses, Than also attended Bluefield State College, where he played football and was a Sergeant o f the U.S. Army where he proudly fought in the Korean War.
He was a faithful member Of First Baptist Church on Magazine Street where he served as a trustee, sung in various choirs in the church and community( Traveling Ten, Mass choir, Stars of Faith, New River Valley Choir and the Untied Voices), an usher and also on the Counting Committee. After He retired with 31 years of service from Radford Army Ammunition Plant he became a beloved team member and driver for the Pulaski Area Transit.
Nathaniel was a good man. He was someone who could always be counted upon to help and lend his hands. He had a life long service to his church and family, and committed early in life to protect and provide for his immediate and extended family. This man was an excellent example to follow who had a wonderfully playful spirit and enjoyed people. He was gifted in bringing smiles and laughter and easily stirred things up with his sense of humor and silly expressions.
As a young man and late into his life he had strength. He would playfully accept wrestling challenges even into his 70’s, and he loved to talk. He was intelligent and well versed on my subject matters. He mostly loved to talked about his church, politics, sports and family.
Than was a hard worker and “Mr. Fix it with Duct Tape.” He needed to stay busy because he drew his strength from people. Even in the last few days of this life, he was centered on return to work. He is loved and will be remembered.
Funeral services will be Monday, Jan. 19, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Magazine Street, Pulaski, Va. The family will receive from 1-2 p.m. at the church. Burial will be at Highland Memory Gardens, Dublin, Va. Online condolences can be sent to email@example.com
Services entrusted to Penn’s Funeral Home, Pulaski, Virginia.