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Jack Slagle, fire company founder and Virgilina leader, dies at 86

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Jack Slagle / February 03, 2014

Jack Slagle, founder and owner of Slagle’s Fire Equipment Company and a former Virgilina council member, died Friday at Halifax Regional Hospital. He was 86 years old.

Slagle was a native son of the Town of Virgilina, where he started out in business in the early 1950s running Slagle’s Store. The business continued operations through 1963. During that time he served as vice mayor of the town as well as a member of the Town Council.

Perhaps his greatest contribution to the town was his leadership role, along with Frazier Murray and Ralph Murray Sr., in starting the Virgilina Volunteer Fire Department in which he held a life membership. The department is now housed in the building where Slagle Store once existed.

“He really loved Virgilina,” said Mayor Ralph Murray Jr. on Sunday. “He’s been a wonderful patron of the town, and he always was a big supporter of all our activities. He will be greatly missed.”

Slagle was also a member of the board of directors of the Halifax County Industrial Development Authority, serving several terms on the board before retiring. He was also a past president of the Virgilina Ruritan Club and was a member of the South Boston Shrine Club and was an honorary member of the South Boston Fire Company.

Slagle is survived by his wife, Hallie Anthony Slagle and his five sons and their wives and eight grandchildren.

A funeral will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at Grace Baptist Church with burial to follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

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Jack was awesome. My prayers go out to the family. RIP.

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