A memorial service for Gary R. Slaton, 63, Athens is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at Bethel Christian Church with Rev. Jim Rawlins officiating.
Sgt. Slaton died March 6, 2013 at home.
He was born July 15, 1949 in Athens to the late Taylor Columbus and Lillian Marguerite Clampitt Slaton. Following graduation from Athens High School in 1967, Gary attended Henderson County Junior College then later earned a Bachelor’s degree from Sam Houston State University. He served a 30-year tenure with the United States Military retiring from the Army in 1999. He was recipient of numerous medals and ribbons including the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. Mr. Slaton taught Texas History at Athens Intermediate School for eight years. For the past 12 years he was co-owner of Slaton Paint and Body Shop. He was a member of Bethel Christian Church. Gary loved writing songs and playing the guitar.
In addition to his parents, Gary was preceded in death by a brother, Jerry Don Slaton and sister Betty Sue Slaton.
Survivors include wife of 35 years Charlotte Slaton; son Randall Slaton and wife Hollie, Athens; daughter Ricarda Hunter and husband Don, Berryville; brothers Kenneth Slaton, Athens, Norman “Dommer” Slaton and wife Dianna, Malakoff; sisters Fern Fowler and husband Gerald, Brownsboro, Gwenda Billups and husband Don, Tyler; grandchildren Joseph Splawn, Colton Hunter, Shiann Hunter; numerous nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to extend deep gratitude to Dr.Ted Mettetal and Bristol Pathways Hospice for the love and care given to Gary during his illness.
You may leave a message of condolence or light a memorial candle for the family at www.carroll-lehr.com.
AMA stands for “Ask Michael Anything,” and is a chance for readers to ask reporter Michael V. Hannigan questions about Henderson County. Ask questions through our Facebook Page or our website.
QUESTION: Reader Mark Mills asked if the state is ever going to finish Loop 7 around Athens, making it four lanes all the way around.
SOURCES: Texas Department of Transportation Public Information Officer Larry Krantz.
ANSWER: Possibly, but not anytime soon.
Krantz said that there is room for Loop 7 to be expanded, and added that the state even has the right-of-way needed. But there are no projects presently planned for the loop.
The problem is money … there’s just not enough for the state’s transportation needs. State Sen. Robert Nichols, who represents Henderson County, is the chairman of the Transportation Committee this session. In published reports, he said:
“(The) Current (funding) system can no longer maintain the system. At a time when we need new capacity, our urban areas are choking down, we have no traditional funds for new capacity and at the same time, we don’t have the traditional funds to maintain our system. For the past ten or twelve years we’ve been riding on a bubble of debt… and now it’s time to pay the piper. “
So until the state can figure out how to fix the infrastructure that’s falling apart, roads that are doing OK — like Loop 7 — will be waaaay on the back burner.
This is cool … Long Cove has broken ground on Phase II.
Long Cove is the resort-style development going up on the shoreline of Cedar Creek Lake, just northeast of Malakoff. It is a Don McNamara project, a Malakoff resident whose other developments include Cityplace and West Village in Dallas.
Long Cove broke ground last April on Phase I, which included 33 properties (22 houses, 11 lots).
The properties are projected to be mostly weekend homes for families from Dallas, and will be from three to six bedrooms and from 1,950 to 3,000 square feet. When complete, the development could include up to 400 homes.
3. Trinity Valley Community College basketball fever continues to grow. The Lady Cardinals dominated Tyler in yesterday’s game, 87-47. Today, the men will take on No. 1 seed Kilgore at 1 p.m. I’ll be posting updates on our Facebook page.
4. Malakoff Middle School is competing in the “Texas Public Schools Rock!” student video contest sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) and needs your help. All they need is for you to watch a short, cute video.
Today, officers from the Sand Flat Cemetery Association were honored on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives to commemorate the placement of an Official Texas Historical Marker for Sand Flat Cemetery near Athens. State Rep. Lance Gooden and the Texas House of Representatives celebrated the history of Sand Flat cemetery with George Jones, Cynthia Jones, Ivory Joe Givens and Shirley Givens. Pictured with them is Speaker of the House Joe Straus.