Dr. George Marshall Slayton Sr., former pastor of Coggin Avenue Baptist Church in Brownwood, and Pastor Emeritus of Calvary Baptist Church in McAllen, Texas, was called Home to be with our Lord Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, at the age of 85, in his home in McAllen, following a long battle with Supra Nuclear Palsy.
Dr. Slayton was born Jan. 2, 1924, in Ruffin, N.C. He was married to Marion Frances Buckner on Oct. 17, 1942, in Draper, N.C. Dr. Slayton served in the Army Air Force from 1943 to 1946 as an airplane hydraulic mechanic and received the American Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal and World War II Victory Medal before receiving an honorable discharge. He then began his studies for the ministry. In 1947 he was ordained to the ministry by the Draper Baptist Church, Draper, N.C. He held a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Carson-Newman College, in Tennessee, and a Bachelorís Degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. In 1967, Howard Payne College of Brownwood conferred upon him an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree. He was a former member of the Board of Trustees at Howard Payne.
He served churches in Tennessee, Virginia, Oklahoma and Texas while a student, and after graduation was pastor of Trinity Church in Henderson, Texas; First Baptist Church, New Braunfels, Texas; and the University Baptist Church, Carbondale, Ill. In 1959 he was called by the Indiana Baptist State Convention to serve as State Missions Secretary. He served in this capacity until 1961 when he was called to serve as Pastor of Coggin Avenue Baptist Church in Brownwood, Texas. In 1968 he moved his family to McAllen, Texas, after he felt the Lord leading him to become the Pastor at Calvary Baptist Church. His tenure there continued for 20 years, until 1988. After serving 40 years in the ministry, Dr. Slayton retired but has continued as Pastor Emeritus of Calvary Baptist for many years.
The educational building at Calvary was formally renamed the George Slayton Education Building in 2000 in honor of his many dedicated years of service. During his life, Dr. Slayton served on numerous committees and boards including: President of the McAllen Ministerial Alliance, Chairman of the State Missions Commission, Valley Baptist Hospital Board and member of the Executive Board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
He is survived by three children and their spouses: son, Marshall and wife Elaine of Richland Springs, Texas; daughter, Rebecca Willey and husband RC of Blanket, Texas; and daughter, Pamela Thompson and husband Richard of Mission, Texas. He is survived by four grandchildren: Dana Bourke and husband Tim of Burnet, Texas; Chris Freeland and wife Connie of Brownwood, Texas; Kimberly Freeland of Dallas, Texas; and Clay Thompson of Mission, Texas. He is also survived by seven great-grandchildren: Tyler and Ally Bourke; Christopher, Corbin, Caleb, and Connor Freeland, and Gianluca Alan Pedroso; two sisters: Barbara Ledford and husband Bob of Alabama, and Annette Pruett and husband David of Virginia, two brothers: Jessie O. Slayton and wife Elaine of Alabama, Buddy Slayton and wife Carol of Eden, N.C., and a host of friends. Dr. Slayton was preceded in death by Marion, his precious wife and loving co-laborer for 60 years, his sister Pauline, and his parents.
A service to praise our God and remember His servant was held at Calvary Baptist Church, in McAllen, Texas, on Saturday, Dec. 12, under the direction of Kriedler Funeral Home with Ellis Orosco, former Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church officiating. Interment was in Valley Memorial Gardens in Mission, Texas. The family requests that memorials be made to: Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund-1600 Harvey Dr., McAllen, TX 78501.