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Carson County Obituaries

Source: Amarillo Globe-News

March 2003


Francis H. "Slitsy" Slagle

WHITE DEER - Francis H. "Slitsy" Slagle, 81, died Wednesday, March 26, 2003.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in White Deer United Methodist Church with the Rev. Toni Bailey, pastor, officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Amarillo, 2820 Virginia Circle.

Mr. Slagle was born Nov. 28, 1921, southeast of Panhandle. He grew up farming and ranching northwest of Panhandle. Slitsy was one of the original sailors in the Naval Construction Battalion government commissioned the "23rd Seabees" into the armed forces during World War II. Slitsy served in the Pacific Theater during the war.

On Feb. 12, 1949, Slitsy married the sweetheart of his life, Joyce Wiley, and they raised three children while living in White Deer. Slitsy worked as an iron worker until a life-threatening accident in 1958. After two years in the hospital, he returned to farming and ranching around White Deer until he retired in 1983.

Slitsy was a charter member of the James McCaskey Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Panhandle and a charter member of the White Deer Senior Citizens association. He served on numerous agriculture boards and was a former member of White Deer Lions Club.

Survivors include his wife; a sister, Vivian Thomas of Amarillo; two sons, Johnny Slagle and wife, Rebecca, of Wimberley and Wiley Kim Slagle and wife, Dobbie, of Bandera; a daughter, Fran Leiss and husband, John, of Austin; four granddaughters, Shelli Bannerot and husband, Alex, of Fort Worth, Priscila Slagle of Wimberley, and Reanna Slagle and Kortney Slagle, both of Bandera; two grandsons, Rocky Slagle of Austin and Travis Slagle and wife, Molly, of Houston; three stepgrandsons, Jason Lippy, Josh Lippy and Gene Lippy, all of Bandera; and two great-granddaughters, Sophia Bannerot and Isabel Bannerot, both of Fort Worth; and many cousins and friends who will miss him tremendously.

The family suggests memorials be to a favorite charity.

Visitation will be from the end of the service until 1 p.m.

Amarillo Globe-News, March 28, 2003


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