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James Elmer Slayton / May 09, 2011
James Elmer Slayton of 3344 Henry’s Mill Road, Vernon Hill died Saturday, May 7, 2011 at Halifax Regional Hospital. He was born in Halifax County on March 27, 1929 and was 82 at the time of his death.

He was the son of the late Claude Swanson Slayton and Bessie Ingram Slayton and was married to Eunice Yancey Slayton. He was a member of Mt. Tabor Baptist Church and was a retired tobacco grader with the U. S. Department of Agriculture and a farmer. He was a Korean Conflict Army veteran, a member of American Legion Post 8 and a VFW Post 8243 member.

Mr. Slayton is survived by his wife of the home, a daughter, Sheila Slayton Fisher and husband, Charles of Roanoke and a grandson, Thomas Gabriel Fisher, also of Roanoke. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Edward Slayton, Lynwood Slayton and Roy Slayton.

A funeral for Mr. Slayton will be held at Powell Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday, May 10 at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Carl Burger conducting the service. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge cemetery. The family will receive friends at Powell Funeral Home on Monday evening from 7-8:30 p.m. and at other times at his home.

For memorials, please consider the Oak Level Volunteer Fire Department, 2019 Oak Level Road Halifax, VA 24558 or a charity of one’s choice. Online condolences may be made at

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