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Virgilina’s first fire chief dies

A founding member and the first fire chief of Virgilina Volunteer Fire Department is dead at 86.

Jack Leo Slagle of South Boston died Friday at Halifax Regional Hospital.

A former Virgilina vice mayor and councilman, Slagle was perhaps most well known as the founder of Slagle’s Fire Equipment Company of South Boston and Columbia, S.C., an established business of over 50 years that he shared with his five sons. 

He also was the manager of Slagle’s Store in Virgilina from the early 1950s to 1963. It was during this time he served as Virgilina’s vice mayor and on town council.

In addition to being a lifetime member of the Virgilina Fire Department, Slagle was affiliated with many other civic and community organizations.

For years he was a long- standing member of the Halifax County Industrial Development Authority, and he served as past president of the Virgilina Ruritan Club, member of the South Boston Shrine Club, Richmond Shrine Club, Virginia Masonic Lodge #248, Scottish Rite Temple of Danville and as an honorary member of the South Boston Volunteer Fire Company.

He is survived by his wife, Hallie Anthony Slagle, of Commonwealth Assisted Living Facility in South Boston; his five sons and their wives, Virgil and Joyce of Columbia, S.C., John and Gail of South Boston; Barry and Connie of Halifax; Garry and Jennifer of South Boston; and Scott and Lisa of South Boston; eight grandchildren, John Jr., Alex, Joseph, Bryan, Bruce, Lindsey, Joshua and Dora; and sister and brother-in-law Robert and Esther Slagle Fulghum of Greenville, N.C. 

Funeral services will be held at Grace Baptist Church on Tuesday at 1 p.m. with an open viewing from noon until 1 p.m.  Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery in South Boston.    

All friends and family are invited to a celebration of life and visitation immediately following the burial at the South Boston Fire Company Support Building in South Boston.