JACKSON, Miss. - John Davidson Buddy Slater, 90, died Tuesday, August 20, 2013 after a brief illness. He was born in Memphis on August 25, 1922, the son of Vivian McQuinn and John D. Slater, Sr. He graduated Catholic High School in Memphis serving as class president. During World War II he served as a lead bombardier and navigator in the 15th Air Force, 465th heavy bomber group with 32 combat missions over Germany. He was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, European Victory Medal with 4 Bronze Stars and a Presidential Unit Citation with Oak Leaf Cluster. After the war, Buddy attended the University of Mississippi where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and served two terms as fraternity president. Upon graduation, he married Elizabeth Liz Thomas and settled in Jackson. He worked for McKesson & Robbins pharmaceutical company, retiring after 40 years as Vice President and General Sales Manager of the Jackson and New Orleans region. The highlight of his civic involvement was the Rotary Club. He served as President of the Downtown club and District Governor during his more than 50 years of membership. He served 22 years on the Andrew Jackson Boy Scout Council Advisory Board and was awarded the Silver Beaver Award the highest award the Council bestows. He was a communicant of St. James' Episcopal Church, serving on the vestry and as a Eucharistic minister. He was preceded in death by his wife Elizabeth Liz Slater, sister Mildred Slater Russell, and brother Charles Edward Slater. He was affectionately known as Sweet Buddy by all who loved him. He is survived by his daughters Sallye Slater Killebrew and Jackie Slater Prather, son-in-law Lee Prather, grandchildren Bette Killebrew Bradley (Richard), Boo Killebrew, Jackson Prather and Slater Prather, great-grandsons Sam and Eli Bradley, brother, Bob Slater, his beloved companion Eleanor Hughes and several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be Friday morning, August 23 at 9:30 a.m. at St. James Episcopal Church followed by a Requiem Eucharist at 11:00 a.m. The family wishes to thank all the staff and caregivers at Hospice Ministries for the care and compassion they provided to Buddy and his family. Memorials may be made to Hospice Ministries or St. James' Episcopal Church for pastoral care.
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Published in The Augusta Chronicle on Aug. 23, 2013