Ralph Sterling Slavings, son of the late Sterling Jack and Erabella Haslip Slavings, was born in Wardell on Feb. 18, 1926, and died at his home near Broseley on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2006, at the age of 80.
He had resided in Broseley since 1972 and was a former resident of Wardell and Malden. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Navy.
On March 15, 1968, he was married to Delois Crump at Big Rock, Ill.
Surviving are his wife, Delois Slavings of Broseley; four sons, Kelly Slavings and Mike Slavings, both of Malden, Earl Slavings of Denver, Colo., and Joe Slavings of Beaver Dam, Va.; four daughters, Darlene Slavings of Malden, Eva Cobb and Clara Alvina Wright, both of Broseley, and Betty McDonald of Festus; four brothers, Virgil Slavings of Rockville, Ill., Carrol Slavings of Broseley, Herman Slavings of Portageville, and Danny Slavings of Oklahoma; three sisters, Carolyn Moore of Signaw, Mich., Imogene Watson of Moscow Mills, and Odetta Oats of Foley; 17 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one sister and one half-brother.
Visitation will be held after 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, 2006, at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter.
Graveside funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield with Rev. Fred Applegate of Broseley officiating.
Interment will follow in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield with Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter in charge of arrangements.