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Eva Lee (Trammell) Slay

October 5, 1932 ~ January 7, 2022 (age 89)

Obituary

With our deepest and heartfelt sympathy, we announce the passing from this life of a beloved mother, grandmother and sister, Mrs. Eva Lee Slay, 89, a resident of Louina Road, Roanoke, Alabama.  Mrs. Slay peacefully transitioned from this life on Friday, January 7, 2022 at her residence in Roanoke.

In Loving Memory of Eva Lee (Trammell) Slay

"Celebrating A Blessed Life"

BLESSED WITH LONG LIFE...
Eva Lee (Trammell) Slay, is a vibrant soul abundantly blessed with a long lifespan that allowed her to dwell on this earth for 89 years.  One of eleven (11) siblings, she was born to the parentage of the late "PG" and Lavada (Paige) Trammell in Randolph County. Six of her eleven siblings preceded her to eternity, including: four (4) brothers: Robert Wesley Trammell (Virgie), Jesse Trammell, Leroy Trammell, Jake Trammell and; two (2) sisters: Josephine Rutlin, and Patricia Tuler.   

BLESSED WITH THE GIFT OF EDUCATION...
Eva grew up in Randolph County. She attended the historic Randolph County Training School (RCTS), proudly graduating with the Class of 1952.  As a graduating senior, Eva can be seen pictured with 51 other of her RCTS classmates.

BLESSED WITH A LIFE PARTNER AND CHILDREN...
On October 25, 1952, just after her 20th birthday, she married the late William Henry Slay, a brilliant educator, whom many of us fondly remember as "Bill". Bill was the love of her life. Their union gave rise to two (2) children: a son, Randolph L. Slay and daughter, Abigail Slay, who preceded the family to eternity as a ten-month-old infant.  Life took them to many destinations throughout Alabama, Georgia, Florida and eventually back home to Roanoke.  Adhering to the biblical marriage commandment, Eva and Bill remained together for fifty-three (53) years ꟷ until his death (November 10, 2005).

BLESSED WITH A MIND TO WORK...
God anointed Eva with many talents that helped her navigate life with dignity. Her ingenuity and ability to learn and adapt yielded abundant opportunities for her to pursue and maintain a variety of jobs that helped to sustain her and her family along the way. From early beginnings as a housewife to working as a maid for Dr. Short, she was never without a job.  From production work at Terry Manufacturing Company to toy manufacturing in West GA, she took hold of every opportunity build a good reputation as an ethical, reliable employee. After a season at Rosser Nursing Home (Now Roanoke Health Care), Eva discovered that her true calling was the gift of sales, and she became one of the most recognized Avon Representatives in the neighborhood. Her personality, smile, and light-hearted laughter was just the right mix for successful selling. As an AVON Representative, many of us welcomed her into our homes with open arms, and she left us ꟷ BOTH WOMEN AND MEN ꟷ looking good and smelling even better.

BLESSED TO BEHOLD FIVE GENERATIONS OF DESCENDANTS...
Lastly, Eva lived to see five generations of descendants beginning with herself and Bill; her son, Randolph L. Slay (Kathy) of Roanoke; five (5) granddaughters: Tanya McCray, Maxine Gaddy, Dimitra Slay, Dr. ZaDonna Slay, and Alexis Slay; one (1) grandson, Cedric Slay; one (1) non-biological grandson, Trevenio McCray; four (4) great grandchildren: Xavier, Jasmine, L'Darius, Khalil; and finally two (2) great-great grandchildren: Justice and Elijah. What a blessing to live long enough to witness 5 generations of descendants! 

BLESSED WITH SIBLINGS WHO WILL CARRY HER MEMORY INTO THE FUTURE...
Also, remaining behind to witness her grand reunion with the ancestors are: her brother James Trammel (Barbara) of Las Vegas, NV; three (3) sisters; Naomi Minnifield, Mary Cleveland and Betty Miller, all of Dayton, OH; her only living aunt, Julia Barsh of LaGrange, GA and finally several nieces, nephews, other loving relatives and friends.  

BLESSED WITH A SPIRIT THAT COULD NOT BE CONQUERED...
Of Eva, we could say with certainty that she might have been that very "Soul" William Ernest Henley described in the poem "Invictus" ꟷ UNCONQUERABLE.

BLESSED TO BE PRESENT WITH THE LORD...
We are informed through the word of God in Psalm 90:10 that: "The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and IF by reason of strength they are fourscore years; yet is their strength labor and sorrow, for it is soon cut off and we fly away.” With profound sadness, we were compelled by the Will Of God, to release her back to Him on Friday evening, January 7, 2022, around 5:13 in the evening, in her own home, surrounded by her only beloved son, and oldest granddaughter and private duty nurse, Tanya.  AND SO… we conclude her life by declaring: "It is well with our souls."

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Services

Private Viewing for Family Only
Thursday
January 13, 2022

12:00 PM
Clark Memorial Funeral Service Stateroom
252 LaFayette Highway
Roanoke, AL 36274

Viewing For The Public
Thursday
January 13, 2022

1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Clark Memorial Funeral Service Stateroom
252 LaFayette Highway
Roanoke, AL 36274

Celebration At Graveside
Friday
January 14, 2022

1:00 PM
Rehope Baptist Church Cemetery
5267 County Road 258
LaFayette, AL 36862

Interment following funeral service
Friday
January 14, 2022

Rehope Baptist Church Cemetery
5267 County Road 258
LaFayette, AL 36862

Committal Service Following the Funeral
Friday
January 14, 2022

Rehope Baptist Church Cemetery
5267 County Road 258
LaFayette, AL 36862

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