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Charlie Leoy “Big Dad” Slater

Charlie Leoy “Big Dad” Slater of Mena, Arkansas went to be with his Lord Monday, January 15, 2018 surrounded by his family, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Charlie was born June 6, 1943 in Waldron, Arkansas to Charlie Slater and Edna Elizabeth McEntire Slater. Charlie was 74 years old. He adored his precious dog, Little Bit and love to go fishing, hunting, and was the best brisket cooker. He spent many years raising and running hunting dogs. But more than anything he loved his family and enjoyed every moment he had with them all. And his greatest wish was to be remembered.

Charlie “Big Dad” Slater leaves behind to cherish his memory, his wife of 3 short but wonderful years, Gladys Slater, of the home.

He is survived by wife, Gladys Slater; sister, Helen and Jimmy Hayden of Danville, Arkansas; sister-in-law, Edith Slater of Waldron, Arkansas; daughters, Brookie Slater of West Fork, Arkansas, Kelly and Robert King of Danville, Arkansas, Carla and David Harley of Mena, Arkansas, DeAnne and Rick Strother of Mena, Arkansas.

Pop will also be missed by his twenty-one grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Grandchildren, Austin and Casey Burrow, Cody and Pond Burrow, Hollie Morrow, Dakota Morrow, Eden King, Heather King, Isabella Dombi, Matthew Fleming, Mason Slater, Tasha and J.J. Reeves, Brady Newbolt, Kendra Priddy, Kala and Dakota Strother, Jarred and Anthony Harley, Brianne and Brendon Henry.

Great-grandchildren, Bryce Reeves, Reese Reeves, Cali Newbolt, Hunter Burrow, Cooper, Kasen, and Truitt Strother, Axton Priddy, Paityn Harley and Raelynn Newbolt. And a multitude of nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

Charlie is preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Edna Slater, one brother, Toby Slater, and his late wife, Joyce Mercer Slater.

Funeral service will be Thursday, January 18, 2018, 10:00 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Mena, Arkansas with Brother Andy Arnold and Brother Alvin Rosson officiating. Interment will follow in Lamb Cemetery in Waldron at 2:00 p.m. under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Pallbearers will be Dakota Morrow, Robert King, Jeremy Wells, Justin Hayden, Frankie Inklebarger, Eddie Hayden, David Harley and Rick Strother.

Honorary pallbearers will be Brendon Henry, Brady Newbolt, J.J. Reeves, Lynn Slater, Mickey Slater, Mark Slater, Cody Burrow, Austin Burrow, Colby Priddy, Dakota Strother and Shelton Bohlman.

General visitation at Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

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