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Randolph Larry Slay

April 4, 1953 ~ September 21, 2023 (age 70) 70 Years Old

Randolph Slay Obituary

It is with very heavy hearts, that the Slay family of Roanoke, Alabama, announces the passing from this life of our beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Mr. Randolph "Randy" Larry Slay, 70, a native of Chambers County and longtime resident of Roanoke.  With his loved ones by his side, Mr. Slay peacefully transitioned from this life on Thursday, September 21, 2023 at his residence, in Roanoke. We appeal to you for your prayers as we prepare for the celebration of Randy's life and homegoing.  Thanks to all of our friends and loved ones in advance for the love you have already shown and prayers coming our way.

In Loving Memory Of Randolph "Randy" Slay

Our beautiful and beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend, Randolph “Randy” Larry Slay, 70, took flight from this life on Thursday September 21, 2023 — leaving us with an overflowing stream of warm and wonderful memories of the amazing man that he was.
 

No one who knew Randy, can adequately remember him without reflecting on his amazing parents, William “Bill” and Eva Slay, who raised him in the Rehope Community in Chambers County.  Bill Slay, a talented Educator and builder, was one of the most brilliant black men to grace our community.  Eva Lee (Trammell) Slay, his beautiful wife — was elegant, graceful, hardworking and a loving mother to Randolph. There was also an infant girl Abigail, also born to this couple, who preceded them to eternity.   
 

April 4, 1953 was the date and Chambers County, was the place that God saw fit to bless this couple with their baby boy, whom they lovingly nicknamed “Randy”. He was raised with such values as kindness, understanding, hard-working, studious, and the drive to be involved in changing his world — for the better. Early in life, he was a church-going young man, starting with his church home, Rehope Baptist Church.
 

Following in the footsteps of his father, Bill, Randy graduated from Phillips High School and enlisted in the United States Army.  He served during the Vietnam Era, and after twenty years, retired from the Military having achieved the rank of Sergeant 1st Class.  He settled in Savannah, GA, where he lived for 40-plus years.  He went to work for the City of Savannah and from there, accepted employment with Chatham County Voter Registration, where he served as the Assistant Administrator, retiring after 22 years.  For the duration of that time we do believe Randy experienced some very deep revelations that drove him in the direction of community activism.  A life-long born-again Christian, Randy joined Trinity Baptist Church in Savannah, serving as a Sunday School Teacher, angel tree coordinator, and finance committee member.  Randy’s life-long experiences and educational background prepared him to serve as an energetic community activist — serving as a Mentor for the Georgia Transplant Foundation as well as a strong vocal advocate for improved/increased Veteran’s benefits.


Desiring to better himself, he was inspired to pursue undergraduate study at St. Leo University, St. Leo, FL, and later, a Masters in Human Resources from Webster University, Webster Groves, MO.  
 

Perhaps the greatest challenge of his life was his years-long battle against kidney failure. But, God equipped him well to handle it with grace and courage.  He was a Kidney recipient.  After receiving a kidney transplant in 2007, Randy served on the Georgia team for basketball and racquetball in the 2010 Transplant Games of America in Madison, Wisconsin.  He won a silver medal with the basketball team.   In 2015, he was featured in the nationwide LifeLink calendar which designated him as the “Poster-Child” for kidney transplantation.


Randy served as President of the Hungry Club Forum of Savannah, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to increasing the awareness of educational community, economic development, Black History and Heritage, cultural enrichment and other issues and topics of importance to the growth and progress of the entire community.
 
Although he was five hours away from home, he was never more than a phone call away; never hesitating to return to assist his aging parents; and other loved ones.  

In the autumn of his life, August 31, 2021, Randolph married his classmate and mother of his first child (Tanya), the former Kathy Yvonne Turman of Roanoke.  From that time forward, they were inseparable... and she was constantly by his side, throughout their companionship and up to the moment of his reunion with the Ancestors.   

That overflowing stream of loving memories will continue to flow through his beloved wife,  Kathy (Turman) Slay; children: Tanya McCray, Maxine Gaddy, Cedric Slay, Dimitra Slay, ZaDonna Slay, Alexis Slay, and stepson, Trevenio McCray; Grandchildren: Xavier, Jasmine, L’Darius and Khalil; great-grandchildren: Justice and Elijah; aunts: Mary Cleveland and Betty Miller; his only great aunt, Julia Barsh; his only surviving uncle, James Trammell (Barbara); several cousins, and a host of other loving relatives and friends.

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Services

Private Viewing for Family Only
Monday
September 25, 2023

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Clark Memorial Funeral Service Stateroom
252 LaFayette Highway
Roanoke, AL 36274

Stateroom Viewing For The Public
Monday
September 25, 2023

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Clark Memorial Funeral Service Stateroom
252 LaFayette Highway
Roanoke, AL 36274

In State Viewing For The Public
Tuesday
September 26, 2023

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Rehope Missionary Baptist Church
5267 County Road 258
LaFayette, AL 36862

Celebration of Life
Tuesday
September 26, 2023

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

Committal Service Following the Funeral
Tuesday
September 26, 2023

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

Interment Immediately following Committal Service
Tuesday
September 26, 2023

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

Please note

PLEASE NOTE: All service times indicated: reflect Central (Alabama) Daylight Time

PASTOR: Reverend Dr. H. L. Jones (Pastor, Rehope Missionary Baptist Church, Lafayette, AL)

OFFICIATING: Pastor H. L. Jones

EULOGIST: Moderator William Phillips (Pastor, Zion Rest Missionary Baptist Church, Wedowee, A)

OTHER MINISTERS SHARING THE ROSTER INCLUDE: Reverend Michael Joiner (Pastor, Macedonia Baptist Church, Heflin, AL); Reverend W. A. Dean (Pastor, Zion HIll Baptist Church, Lagrange, GA); Reverend Mark Phillips (Pastor, Word Of Hope Church Of The Living God, Roanoke, AL); Reverend Carl Von Epps, (Pastor, Warren Temple United Methodist Church, LaGrange, GA); and others

VOCALISTS: Rehope Baptist Church Choir

ACTIVE PALLBEARERS: Sons, Grandsons and Friends

FLOWER BEARERS: Granddaughters and Friends

PLEASE NOTE MASKING CONSIDERATIONS...
The State of Alabama does not have a state-wide mask mandate however, WE ASK all visitors and guests of the family to please note that the incidence of COVID-19 cases throughout Alabama are rising.

CLARK MEMORIAL FUNERAL SERVICE MASKING CONSIDERATIONS...
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Our sincere prayers for comfort and peace are sent forth during this time of deep sadness; and as always, we express our deepest gratitude to our communities for sharing with the Slay family during the very difficult loss of their beloved husband, father and grandfather, Mr. Randolph "Randy" Slay

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