Charlie Slaughter, also known as Dad, Uncle Charlie, Grandpa and Grandpa Charlie, was the most sweet and loving of men. He loved his family beyond measure, instilling a sense of connection that will never leave us, from the oldest of us right down to the littlest and children yet to be. We are marked with his love that will reach beyond this day, But at the core, the very essence of his existence was his passion for his Louise, the love of his life.
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He was the middle child of Sam Slaughter, and the most loving of women, Maude Allen Slaughter. His intense sense of responsibility was formed by this wonderful family, rooted in the hills of Tennessee. His dad was an oilman in the early part of the 20th century and his work took him to many parts of the country. Consequently, Charlie was born in Glenrock, Wyoming during this time. After spending a little time back in Tennessee, the family moved to Porterville where Sam had spent his adolescence with his uncle, Hodge Slaughter. Charlie graduated from Porterville high school in 1937. He remained very involved with his high school class and helped with many of their reunions. After high school he attended San Jose State College while helping support himself by trucking vegetables. He served during World War II as a Captain with the Signal Corps in Panama where he developed life long friendships, a theme that ran throughout his life. Returning to Porterville after the war, he bought a farm in Tipton and farmed cotton for the next 30 years or so. He met Louise Ross in 1946. They fell deeply and profoundly in love, marrying in February 1948. Charlie and Lou raised their family of 3 in Porterville where they were surrounded by a network of good friends and family. He was a Shriner and a proud member of the Elks club. He and Lou were travelers of the first order and after he sold the ranch they took it up in earnest. While he loved being a Portervillian, his soul home was to be found in Camp Nelson, where he and Lou bought The Cabin in 1958.
Five years ago, health issues forced a move to Rosewood Assisted Living in Bakersfield, blocks away from his daughter Tanya Bray and her family. He and Lou became very involved in the Rosewood community but Charlie never lost his sense of connection to Porterville. He leaves behind his precious Louise, brother Dana Slaughter, Deborah (Slaughter) & Stephen Scholey, Nancy Slaughter Pallenes, Tanya (Slaughter) & Robert Bray, grandchildren Larissa Weingart, Gretchen Ryan, Jasmine Pallanes, Ann Pallanes, Carly Young, Charlie Mathis, Carter Bray, 7 great grandchildren and many very loved nieces and nephews. We will miss him so much but know that each of us holds a part of him and that his Love for his family cannot be diminished by death.
Donations can be made to a
or the Camp Nelson Volunteer Fire Department.
Services will be 11:00 a.m., September 2, 2014 at Myers Chapel. Interment is at Hillcrest Memorial Park.
Myers Funeral Service and Crematory
248 North E Street Porterville, CA 93257
Published in The Porterville Recorder on Sept. 3, 2014