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Mrs. Cleo Kinard Slater
January 14, 1936 ~ May 20, 2022 (age 86) 86 Years Old
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MRS. CLEO K. SLATER was born on January 14, 1936 the daughter of the late Ben and Mary Ella Kinard. On the evening of May 19, 2022 after a well spent life of eighty six years, God dispatched his holy angels to escort and welcome her into heaven home.
Cleo accepted Christ at an early age and united with the Gethsemane Baptist Church in Bamberg, South Carolina. She was a faithful member who served with diligence in many facets as the Youth Choir Director, Sunday School Clerk, Mass Choir member, and a member of the Missionary society. She was always willing to serve in whatever capacity needed.
Cleo was educated in the public schools of Bamberg County. She began her career and stayed faithful to every assignment by serving faithfully for many years with the Sunbeam Company. She then served over 15 years at Roper (American Yard Products) until her retirement. After retirement, she further served her community by dedicating 20 years to the Bamberg County Office on Aging until the year of 2020. Her faithfulness and loving spirit was also displayed as a Certified Foster Parent. She accepted over fifteen children into her home and loved and cared for them tirelessly.
God in His infinite wisdom joined the former Cleo Kinard to Julius Clarence Slater on April 23, 1953. They shared more than thirty-eight years of marital bliss. They were blessed with one son, Julius Travis Slater.
Cleo’s temperament truly displayed love, virtue, grace, confidence, patience, understanding, and most of all godliness. She was a devout family woman who cared for all. She was a noble Mother, Grandmother, Sister and Aunt. A virtuous woman she is, and her works shall praise her in the gates.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Julius Clarence Slater; three brothers, Willie B. Kinard, Ben Kinard, Jr. and McQulier Kinard; five sisters, Cereas K. McDuffie, Eunice K. Slater, Rebecca K. Caples, Genora K. Abel and Eva K. Bridges.
Her legacy shall forever be etched in the hearts of her loving Son, Julius Travis Slater of Rock Hill, South Carolina; six grandchildren including her devoted and loving granddaughters, A’Dashia (Rishawn) Dunbar of Aiken, South Carolina and Adeija K. Slater of the home (Timothy Franklin) who was also her faithful caregiver, Jayden Ford, Ty’Mauri Slater, and Eva Slater all of Rock Hill, South Carolina, and Jason Ransom of Bamberg, South Carolina; five great grandchildren, Micaiah, Malia, Landen, Madelyn and Mason; one loving sister, Naomi K. Haye of Brooklyn, New York; sister in law, Helen Green of Queens, New York; Special friend, Mildred Abel; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.