Richard Slate, 92, of Hillsville, passed away Saturday, July 12, 2014, at Forsyth Hospital.
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Richard was born in Coalwood, W.Va., Jan. 1922, to the late James and Dovie Slate.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Janet Townsend (Gary).
Surviving family includes his wife of 72 years, Rachel; his son, Richard Slate Jr. (Petra); and daughters, Robin Eckwerth (Scott) and Teresa Wells (Chris); six grandchildren, Lori Dropik, David Townsend, Chris Bond, Jason Bond, Jordan Wells and Tyler Wells; and great-grandchildren, Andrew Dropik, Samuel Thomson, Jacob Bond, Abi Dropik, Matthew Townsend, Aaron Townsend and Wyate Bond.
Richard was a decorated WWII combat veteran receiving the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
In addition to serving 35 years with the postal service, Richard was very involved in his local community.
He was a member and Ruling Elder of the Dinwiddie Presbyterian Church and active in the Presbytery. Additionally, he served on the Carroll County Industrial Development Authority and was active in local Boy Scouts, Ruritan Club and the Rural Mail Carriers Association.
A celebration of his life will be held today, Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at the Fairview Presbyterian Church, Hillsville, Va. Visitation hours are 10 to 11 a.m. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. with Debbie Ginder officiating.
The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the dedicated caregivers who helped Richard so much. The efforts of Willow Dean Zschernig, Beth Thomas, Sara Cox, Susan Utt, Tonia Hall, Christine Quesenberry, Jordan Roscoe, and Ellen Sharp will always be remembered.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Back Pack Buddies at the church of your choice.
A guestbook is available online at www.vaughanguynnandmcgrady.com.
Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Funeral Home Chapel is serving the family.
1035 N MAIN ST P.O. BOX 145 HILLSVILLE, VA 24343-0145
Published in Galax Gazette from July 16 to July 17, 2014