Slay Brothers
Navarro County, Texas


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First Lieut. James F. Slay, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Slay, of Frost, Texas, received his education at Texas University and A. & M. College.  At the age of 26 he enlisted to serve his country during her struggle for justice and liberty of all peoples of all countries.  Trained at Camp Custer, Michigan, being a member of Company B, 78th Infantry, 14th Division, and at Camp Bowie, Fort Worth, Texas.  It was at the latter place that Lieut. Slay received his commission.  Did not get across.  Received discharge January 29, 1919 
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Second Lieut. Sam H. Slay, the second son of Mr. and Mrs. Slay, joined Company F, 315th Engineers, 90th Division, April 26, 1918.  This division trained at Camp Travis, San Antonio, Texas.  He was promoted to Corporal, then to Sergeant, then to Lieutenant.  Lieut. Slay was with his division in France, taking an active part in the Puvenelle sector, St. Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne offensives, but escaped wounds or being disabled in any way.  Was discharged in July 1919.
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Rites Arranged For Sam H. Slay
Services for Sam H. Slay, 62, brother of four Dallas residents, will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday in Frost, Navarro County, with burial there also.
He died Tuesday in a McKinney hospital after a long illness.
A sister, Mrs. Donald S. King, and three brothers, Tom Slay, Jack Slay and Charlie Slay, all of Dallas, survive.
Slay was born and reared in Frost and had lived in Corsicana 21 years. Before his illness, he made his home in Rhome, Wise County.
Survivors include three other brothers, John Slay of Fort Worth, Carl Slay of Rhome and Frank Slay of Hillsboro, and two grandsons.


Thursday Rites For Sam H. Slay
Funeral services for Sam H. Slay, 62, Dallas, Navarro County native and former banker, were held Thursday at 3 p.m. from the Methodist church in Frost. Burial was in the Frost cemetery.
Slay died in the Veterans hospital in McKinney Tuesday following an extended illness.
A native of Frost and a graduate of Texas A. and M. College, Slay was a veteran of World War 1 and was a long-time banker in Corsicana. He was cashier of the Corsicana National Bank for a number of years and also assistant cashier of the First National Bank here.
Slay was a member of the Christian Church.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Donald S. King, Dallas; two grandsons, six brothers, Tom, Jack and Charley Slay, all of Dallas; John Slay, Fort Worth; Carl Slay, Rhome, and Frank Slay, Hillsboro, and other relatives.
McCormick Funeral Service directed.




Second Lieut. John R. Slay, another one of the boys, was born at Frost, Texas, where he received his early education, finishing with a course at A. & M. College, College Station.  Enlisted when 21 and trained at Camp Pike, Little Rock, Arkansas, then at Camp Grant, Rockford, Illinois.  Was promoted to Second Lieutenant.  Another one of those who did duty over-here, since all could not go across.  Discharged December 3, 1918.
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John R. Slay of Frost Is Winners of Honors of His Class
College Station, Texas, May 19.óJ. R. Slay of Frost has been elected valedictorian of the Senior class and will
deliver the valedictory address at the commencement exercises on June 24th.
Until his Senior year Slay was a member of the College band and during the junior year was an officer in that organization. This year he is a member of the casual company. He has a fine record as a student, and is a good

The Corsicana Daily Sun - Monday, May 19, 1919
Submitted by
Diane Richards

Memorial services for John R. Slay Jr. 61, a civilian engineer for the U.S. Corps of Engineers in Dallas for seven years, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Owens and Brumley Funeral Chapel in Fort Worth. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Frost, Navarro County. Burial will be in Frost.
Slay died suddenly Thursday while working in his office in the Santa Fe Building here. He lived in Fort Worth.
A native of Frost, Slay was a member of the Church of Christ and Halbert Lodge 611 AF&AM, Frost. He was also a Shriner and 32 Mason.
Survivors are his wife; a son John R. Slay III of Jacksonville, Fla; a daughter, Mrs. Frankie Thompson of Rochester, N.Y.; five brothers, T.J. Slay, Jack Slay and C.C. Slay of Dallas, J. F. Slay of Hillsboro and E.W. Slay of Rhome, Wise County, and three grandchildren.


Pvt. Carl W. Slay is the youngest of the group, being just twenty years old at time of entering the Students' Army Training Corps at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth.  Enlisted October 7th and was discharged December 14, 1918.  This family is more than well represented by this group of fine young men, and it is typical of the family pride of the nation.
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