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Jack Leo Slagle

Mr. Jack Leo Slagle of South Boston died Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at Halifax Regional Hospital.  

He was born Dec. 24, 1927 in Virgilina and was 86 years of age.  Mr. Slagle was the son of the late William Robert (Willie) and Annie Vera Puryear Slagle of Virgilina and grandson of the late Langdon “Lank” and Rose Davis Slagle.

Mr. Slagle was of the Baptist faith and attended True Light Baptist Church.  

Mr. Slagle 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. 

­­­He was predeceased in death by his parents, his sister, Laraine, his brother, William R. (Bill) Slagle Jr., and sister-in-law Thelma Murray Slagle.

Mr. Slagle was the manager of Slagle’s Store in Virgilina from the early 1950s to 1963. During this time he also served as Virgilina’s vice mayor and a town councilman. 

He also founded 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 was an instrumental founding member, the first fire chief and a lifetime member of the Virgilina Volunteer Fire Department.  Jack also was affiliated with many other civic and community organizations which include 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, honorary member of the South Boston Volunteer Fire Company and long standing member of the I.D.A in South Boston.

Funeral services will be held at Grace Baptist Church on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014.  Open viewing will be from noon till 1, with the service at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Greg Thomas and the Rev. Jack Stewart officiating.  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.

Those wishing to give memorials should consider Shriner’s Crippled Children’s Hospitals.

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Arrangements are by Powell Funeral Home, South Boston.