He was a graduate of Harper High School and a member of St. Luke Baptist Church. He joined the United States Army on March 5, 1969. His honors included the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal with 1960 Device, the Army Commendation Medal, two Overseas Bars and Sharpshooter with both the M- 14 and M-16. On March 4, 1971, Slater received an honorable discharge.
Survivors included his father, Vernon Slater, Coffeeville; siblings Larry (Brenda) Williams Sr., Mobile, Marjorie Elaine Dexter, Willie Dean Williams, both of Sacramento, Calif.; uncles, Robert Williams Sr., Sacramento, Calif., James Slater, Detroit, Mich., Jimmie Slater, Coffeeville, Johnnie Slater, Uniontown, Earl Slater, San Diego, Calif. aunts, Savannah Brown, Hazel Longmire, Mamie Portis, all of Mobile, Frankie Fluker, Pearlie Bell, both of Coffeeville, Lucille Rocker, Jackson.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Henretta Slater; sister, Linda Faye King Gaston; grandparents, Luberta and Henry King Sr.; aunt, Sarah Juanita Williams; and uncles, Demmie King and Henry King Jr.
The service was Oct. 19 at St. Luke Baptist Church in Walker Springs with Rev. Bobby J. White, pastor, and Rev. Clayton Davis Sr., officiating minister. Burial was in the Hotel Hill Cemetery. Jackson Memorial Funeral Home directed.