Mr. Emmitt Slay, 88, died Sunday, April 25, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Local services for Mr. Slay were held on Saturday, May 10, at the Pearl River Valley MB Church, with Rev. O.D. Evans officiating. Interment was in the Pearl River Valley MB Church Cemetery, with Laird Mortuary in charge of local services.
Mr. Slay was the son of the late Isom Slay and the late Viola Slay of Jayess area of Lawrence County. At an early age, he joined the Pearl River Valley. Mr. Slay joined the U.S. Army and served in both World War II and the Korean War, prior to receiving an honorable discharge. After leaving the military, Mr. Slay lived in New Orleans until he was forced by Hurricane Katrina to relocate to Las Vegas, where he spent the last eight years of his life.
Mr. Slay’s survivors include four daughters, Mae Olia S. (Frank) Harris of Las Vegas, NY, Dedria Wells Elizabeth Wells and Kim Wells, all of New Orleans; two sons, Vernon “Pee Wee” Madison of Silver Creek, and Emmitt Wells of New Orleans; one sister, Rosie Lee Barnes of Foxworth; one brother, Isaac Slay of Wichita, KS; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.