Berlan Freeman Slater

Berlan Freeman Slater, 91, of Gainesville passed away of natural causes on July 15, 2013. Berlan passed peacefully at home with his beloved wife of 39 years, Margie R. Slater.

He served as an infantryman in the U.S. Army during World War II, where he fought at Normandy. He was wounded by being shot in the neck, and separated from his unit for an entire month with amnesia while fighting in France, but returned to fight with his unit to return home with two Purple Hearts, and the second-highest decorated veteran at the Atlanta V.A. Medical Center. He was retired from the city of Gainesville after 25 years of service as supervisor of the Linwood Water Treatment Plant.

He is preceded in death by three sisters; and three brothers; one stepson, Douglas R. Thomas; and one granddaughter, Tyra Collins.

He leaves behind his family of survivors who will miss him dearly, five children, Dennis Slater, Mortaine McCarthy, Sherry Kendrick, Barry Slater and Ann Thomas Collins; grandchildren, Tammie Paige-Postell, Brian Collins, Brent Collins, Lamar Slater, Kevin Slater, Casey Thomas, Chad Kendrick; and two granddaughters from out of state adopted. His great-grandchildren were the pride and joy of his life; his "Lil Darlings", Kaitlin McEachin, Kirsten McEachin, Chelsea Dickerson, Ravin Cato, Jessica Robinson, Jairin Cato, Tyler Collins, Justin Collins, Aiden Slater, Bishop Slater, Jaiden Freeman, Lee Kendrick, Myles Slater. He is survived by one sister, Merelyn Stoner; and one great-great-granddaughter, Anslee Pierce.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 18, 2013, in the Little & Davenport Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Terry Smith and the Rev. Junior Jones will officiate. Entombment will follow in the Alta Vista Cemetery Mausoleum. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday, July 17, 2013, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., and on Thursday, July 18, 2013, from noon until 3 p.m.

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Little & Davenport Funeral Home, 355 Dawsonville Highway, SW, Gainesville, GA 30501, is in charge of arrangements.

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Published in on July 18, 2013