SHERMAN - Henry Field Slagle passed from this world on March 27, 2014. Henry, often known as Hank, was born on July 25, 1940 in Sherman, Texas. His parents were former District Judge R.C. Slagle, Jr. and Nancy Field Slagle who have predeceased him. He is survived by two children, Wendi Slagle Morton and Samuel J. Slagle of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Henry lived in Albuquerque for more than 30 years owning and operating Slagle and Associates Real Estate Appraisals, Inc. before retiring to live in Sherman with his brother, R.C. Slagle, III and sister-in-law, Susan Slagle. He was an animal lover and brought his dear cat Porter, and his dogs LuLu and Shy to Texas to live with him.
Henry graduated from Sherman High School in the Class of 1958, served as a medic in the U.S. Army before continuing his college education at Southeastern and East Texas State University in Commerce, Texas.
Henry, to resolve an alcohol problem, successfully attended Alcoholics Anonymous for 28 years. He served as President of the Heights A.A. Club in Albuquerque until shortly before moving back to Sherman last year. He presided over a complete remodeling of the Heights A.A. Club to which he contributed heavily from his personal funds. He was active in the Democratic Parties of Texas and New Mexico and designed a political "block captain" program in Houston, Texas in 1962 which became a model for Texas for many years.
Besides Wendi and Sam, Henry is survived by his brother, R.C. Slagle, III and sister-in-law, Susan Slagle, in Sherman, Texas, his cousins, Marsha Field Foster, Stanton Field, Willis Meador Payne, and his niece Elizabeth Slagle, nephews R.C. Slagle, IV, R.J. Slagle, and Andrew D. Slagle, great nephews, Jaden Slagle, Zachary Slagle, Andy Slagle, Seth Slagle and great nieces, Sara Slagle, Aimee Slagle and Lauren Slagle, stepbrothers, John Roman and Buzz Roman, stepsister, Marcia Holt, and special friend Nicole Garza.
Henry had an outgoing personality, never met a stranger, and was well-liked by all who met him. He was generous to a fault with his money to those in need of help or those who just needed a friendly word.
His passing leaves a great void for all of us who loved him and shared his laughter and joyous personality.
The pallbearers are Don Jarvis, Robert Earl Richardson Jr., Jerry Russell, Robert Minshew, Frank McGraw, and J. Saunders Freels, Jr. Honorary pallbearers are Gene Foster, Bill Payne, Stanton Field and Rich Wagner.
We, the family, wish to pay special thanks to the fine and caring doctors at Baylor Heart Hospital of Plano, who struggled so hard to continue his life over the last week. We are grateful to each of them, Dr. Tim Chappell and staff and Dr. Bakshi and staff.
The family will be at Waldo Funeral Home on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 3-5 p.m. to welcome Henry's friends and share memories. The funeral will be on Monday, March 31, 2014 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Neill Morgan officiating, interment to follow at Cedarlawn, near the graves of his grandfather, father and mother.
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, make donations to: Four Rivers, 210 S. Rusk St., Sherman, TX 75092; or Covenant Presbyterian Church, 322 W. Pecan St., Sherman, TX 75092; or Heights AA Club, 8520 Marble Ave., NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110, or ARF Animal Rescue, 3377 Spalding Road, Sherman, TX 75092.
The register book can be signed online at waldofuneralhome.com.