Death of Junior Slaughter

FAIRMONT — Junior Slaughter, 82, of Fairmont, W.Va. died Thursday (Aug. 18, 2011) at his residence.

He was born January 18, 1929, in Fairmont, the son of the late William and Liddia Ann Hawkins Slaughter and Reba Mosier. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Gay Slaughter, in 1995.

Mr. Slaughter is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, John and Sharlene Slaughter of Benton’s Ferry Community. He is survived by three daughters, Martha Furbee of Benton’s Ferry Community, Carolyn Ledsome of Montana Mines Community and Beverly Thomas of Mount Harmony Community; and one sister, Vivian Riley of Worthington.

He is survived by six grandchildren, Gary George Furbee II and his wife Denise of Morgantown, Brian Ledsome and his wife Stephanie of Benton’s Ferry Community, Aaron Potoczny and his wife Nicole of Fairmont, Jeremy Slaughter of Portland, Ore., Justin Potoczny and his girlfriend Jennifer Wells of Monumental Community, and Jessica Thomas and her fiancé Michael Ryan of Fairmont.

Mr. Slaughter is survived by five great-grandchildren, Alex Furbee of Morgantown, Tyler Furbee of Morgantown, Kandace Ledsome of Benton’s Ferry, Kyle Ledsome of Benton’s Ferry and Austin Coffman of Fairmont. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, including a special niece, Vina Jane Kalisz of Barrackville.

He is survived by his best friend and companion, Shirley Heston of Fairmont.

He is preceded in death by his brothers, John Slaughter and Ralph Anderson; and sisters, Twila Toups, Jackie Venable, Doris Rowland and Thelma Wells.

Mr. Slaughter was a member of the Benton’s Ferry United Methodist Church.

Mr. Slaughter served in the United States Navy on the USS Timbalier, stationed in Trinidad. He served in law enforcement for 53 years. He started as a Fairmont city policeman, where he worked with over 20 years of experience and retired as the lieutenant in charge of the Detective Division. He later served six years as chief deputy of Marion County, two terms as sheriff of Marion County, one term as magistrate of Marion County and was then reelected for an additional two terms as sheriff.

Mr. Slaughter was active in numerous organizations in Marion County, including Moose Lodge No, 9, Lions Club, Fraternal Order of the Eagles, BPOE No. 294, VFW No. 7048, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 69, United Mine Workers Association, AFL-CIO, was president of the Marion County Democratic Men’s Club, Marion County Democratic Executive Committee, Associated Businesses of East Fairmont, American Legion, National Rifle Association and was a former member of the board of directors of the American Red Cross. In addition, he was a member of the AF&AM No. 157 in Fairmont. He was a noble in the Osiris Shrine Center in Wheeling and was a past president and member of the Upper Monongahela Valley Shrine Club in Fairmont.

Mr. Slaughter enjoyed West Virginia University football, traveling and being with his family and friends.

The family will receive friends at the Ford Funeral Home, Ford Chapel, 201 Columbia St., Fairmont, on Saturday from 1 to 9 p.m., Sunday from 1 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 10 to 11 a.m. The funeral service will be held in the funeral home at 11 a.m. on Monday with Rev. Wesley Dobbs officiating. The Marion County Veterans Council will conduct veteran flag-folding services in the funeral home concluding the funeral service. The committal service will follow in the Rest Haven Memorial Gardens. The AF&AM Lodge No. 157 will conduct Masonic Ritualistic Rites at graveside.

Memorial donations may be made to benefit the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Erie, Pa., by making contributions to the Upper Mon Valley Shrine Club, c/o Bob Clark-Treasurer, 1041 Fairfax St., Fairmont, WV 26554.

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