A celebration of life for Mr. Wayne Grey Slagle will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 7, 2012, at Westminster Presbyterian Church with Steve Newton officiating. Mr. Slagle passed away July 4, 2012, at his residence after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born November 23, 1934, in Monkstown, Texas, to the late Mr. and Mrs. Omar Slagle. Wayne attended elementary school in Monkstown. He graduated high school in Honey Grove and went on to graduate from Texas A&M in College Station, Texas. He received all his degrees from Texas A&M including his Ph.D in biology in 1970. He began teaching at Stephen F. Austin State University in 1970 and retired from the department of biology in 2000 after 30 years of teaching. Wayne was the director of the pre-professional program and was instrumental in getting numerous students into professional schools. He received the Distinguished Professor Award in 1984 from the SFA Alumni Association and was presented an achievement award for 30 years of outstanding teaching and directing the pre-professional program in the department of biology in April 2000. Since his retirement, Wayne enjoyed his coffee and breakfast groups. He also enjoyed fishing, dove hunting and playing the guitar with friends. He was a member and an elder of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Nacogdoches. Wayne is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Mary Ann and their loving buddy, Little Bitty. He is preceded in death by two sisters, Reba Meade and Bee Wiese; four brothers, Frank, Bob, Henry and Jack Slagle; and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Omar Slagle. Special thanks to our wonderful friend and caregiver, Bennie Curtis. Memorial donations can be made to the Wayne and Mary Ann Slagle Pre-Professional Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 6096, Nacogdoches, Texas 75962, to Love INC, P.O. Box 630423, Nacogdoches, Texas, 75963 or Westminster Presbyterian Church, 903 North St., Nacogdoches, Texas ,75965. To offer condolence or to sign an online register, please log onto www.lairdfh.net. Laird Funeral Home.
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Published in The Daily Sentinel on July 7, 2012