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Billy Gerald Slayton
May 15, 1939 -
January 1, 2024

Visitation

January 3, 2024
5pm to 8pm

Service 

January 4, 2024
1pm

Interment

January 4, 2024
Obituary

Funeral service for Billy Gerald Slayton, age 84, of Huntsville, AL, formerly of Fayetteville, TN, will be held at 1 PM on Thursday, January 4, 2024, at Higgins Funeral Home with Rev. Johnny Minick and Rev. Curtis Silcox officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 5 PM until 8 PM on Wednesday, January 3, 2024, at Higgins Funeral Home.

Billy was born on May 15, 1939, in Madison County, AL to the late Clyde Slayton and Lucille Manley Slayton. He was a 1958 graduate of Hazel Green High School. Mr. Slayton opened the Buy Rite Grocery Store in Fayetteville in 1964. Later he would own and operate the Food Town in Fayetteville, Elora Food Store, and two Food Valu Stores in Huntsville. Billy loved watching western movies with his wife, Eunice Plunkett Slayton, who passed away in 2020. He also enjoyed watching his former Hazel Green High School teacher on the Andy Griffith Show and cherished time spent with his grandchildren. Mr. Slayton passed away on January 1, 2024, at HH Hospice Family Care in Huntsville.

Survivors include his children, Tab (Vicky) Slayton, Anita (Kenneth) Williams, and Melanie (Gerry) Stevenson all of Huntsville; grandchildren, Jonah Stevenson, Josie Stevenson, Erica (Nick) Brannon, and Dustan (Melissa) Williams; great-grandchildren, Libby Williams, and Jolee Williams; and a brother, Randall Slayton.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial Processing, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959

Higgins Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Billy Gerald Slayton.

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14 Comments

  1. Joey Campbell

    Mr. Slayton and his family were all so nice. I have lots of memories of growing up and riding my bike to Elora Food Store; that the Slaytons owned. I know he will be missed by his friends and family. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.
    Joey Campbell

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  2. Randy Helton

    Mr.Slayton was one of the nicest men I’ve ever know always stopped what he was doing to speak to me. If I had any problem he always fixed with a smile! I hold this man in the highest regard. If there ever was a man that made it to the other side IT IS HIM! Rest in peace 🙏

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  3. Cheryl Martin

    Dearest Slayton Family –

    I’m so very sorry to hear of Mr. Billy’s passing. I know your grief is profound, as is all of those that knew and loved him. We find comfort knowing he is in the arms of his Savior and enjoying a far greater day than we could ever imagine. His legacy is evident in his amazing family. Everyone who knows the Slayton’s knows they are a family of faith, honor and integrity. As a community, we love y’all so much and pray for the Holy Spirit to comfort you during your time of mourning.

    Cheryl Martin

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  4. Randall Cox

    Worked for Billy in the store on Hebgemont añd the store on the bypass in Fayetteville. Billy taught me a lot about grocery business. Billy and Eunice were fine Christan folks. Billy taught me some valuable lesson about life.I was a young kid and needed some guidance.Sorry for y’all’s loss.Such a good man

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  5. Randall Cox

    I worked for Billy at the store on Hebgemont and the store on the bypass.Billy taught about grocery business and lessons in life. I will never forget him and Eunice.He always treated me fair
    I had slot of respect for Bill

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  6. Pat Quick Lamon

    Billy was one of the kindness persons I ever knew. I shopped for years at Food Value on Winchester Road. When I lost my husband, he went way beyond to help us during his passing. He also was wry nice when we lost my father 6 weeks later. Never went in that store that you did not seen a smile on his face. My entire family lived in that community and shopped there even after the other big stores came out there. Loved shopping at Food Value and loved the people that ran it and worked there. The world will him for sure. Prayers are with the family.

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  7. Kathy Shook Brown

    Sorry for your loss, Randall. Prayers of comfort.

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  8. Roger BeardRoger Beard

    One of the most pleasant people you would ever meet. He always had a smile and a kind word for you. I haven’t talked with him in years,but tried to keep up with him through Tab. RIP Billy.

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  9. Carolyn Fortner

    i am sorry to hear this we shopped at the buy rite he ran and i went to school with Tab ,Mr Billy was a very good man he will be missed.

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  10. Janice & Randy Brannon

    We are saddened at your dad’s passing, Tab and Kenneth. We remember seeing him at FoodValu there on Winchester often…always so kind and funny! Miss seeing you guys too since we moved to NC. Shelby let us know she’d heard of his passing. God bless and comfort you and your family.

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  11. Sharon Guntherberg

    Billy was a wonderful man & a great business man. He was a friend to everyone in Elora. Had the best little grocery store in Elora. He will be missed by everyone that knew him.

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  12. Ola Archer

    So very sorry the your loss. Sending my deepest sympathies. Have fond memories of the family. My sincere condolences. Ola Archer Elora

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  13. Lynn Towry Brown

    Sorry for you loss prayers to you and your family

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  14. Wanda Scott

    We are so Sorry. He was a great person. We enjoyed Shopping at the Bi-Rite. He will be greatly missed. God Bless the Family with Comfort and Peace.🙏❤️🙏

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14 Comments

  1. Joey Campbell

    Mr. Slayton and his family were all so nice. I have lots of memories of growing up and riding my bike to Elora Food Store; that the Slaytons owned. I know he will be missed by his friends and family. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.
    Joey Campbell

    Reply
  2. Randy Helton

    Mr.Slayton was one of the nicest men I’ve ever know always stopped what he was doing to speak to me. If I had any problem he always fixed with a smile! I hold this man in the highest regard. If there ever was a man that made it to the other side IT IS HIM! Rest in peace 🙏

    Reply
  3. Cheryl Martin

    Dearest Slayton Family –

    I’m so very sorry to hear of Mr. Billy’s passing. I know your grief is profound, as is all of those that knew and loved him. We find comfort knowing he is in the arms of his Savior and enjoying a far greater day than we could ever imagine. His legacy is evident in his amazing family. Everyone who knows the Slayton’s knows they are a family of faith, honor and integrity. As a community, we love y’all so much and pray for the Holy Spirit to comfort you during your time of mourning.

    Cheryl Martin

    Reply
  4. Randall Cox

    Worked for Billy in the store on Hebgemont añd the store on the bypass in Fayetteville. Billy taught me a lot about grocery business. Billy and Eunice were fine Christan folks. Billy taught me some valuable lesson about life.I was a young kid and needed some guidance.Sorry for y’all’s loss.Such a good man

    Reply
  5. Randall Cox

    I worked for Billy at the store on Hebgemont and the store on the bypass.Billy taught about grocery business and lessons in life. I will never forget him and Eunice.He always treated me fair
    I had slot of respect for Bill

    Reply
  6. Pat Quick Lamon

    Billy was one of the kindness persons I ever knew. I shopped for years at Food Value on Winchester Road. When I lost my husband, he went way beyond to help us during his passing. He also was wry nice when we lost my father 6 weeks later. Never went in that store that you did not seen a smile on his face. My entire family lived in that community and shopped there even after the other big stores came out there. Loved shopping at Food Value and loved the people that ran it and worked there. The world will him for sure. Prayers are with the family.

    Reply
  7. Kathy Shook Brown

    Sorry for your loss, Randall. Prayers of comfort.

    Reply
  8. Roger BeardRoger Beard

    One of the most pleasant people you would ever meet. He always had a smile and a kind word for you. I haven’t talked with him in years,but tried to keep up with him through Tab. RIP Billy.

    Reply
  9. Carolyn Fortner

    i am sorry to hear this we shopped at the buy rite he ran and i went to school with Tab ,Mr Billy was a very good man he will be missed.

    Reply
  10. Janice & Randy Brannon

    We are saddened at your dad’s passing, Tab and Kenneth. We remember seeing him at FoodValu there on Winchester often…always so kind and funny! Miss seeing you guys too since we moved to NC. Shelby let us know she’d heard of his passing. God bless and comfort you and your family.

    Reply
  11. Sharon Guntherberg

    Billy was a wonderful man & a great business man. He was a friend to everyone in Elora. Had the best little grocery store in Elora. He will be missed by everyone that knew him.

    Reply
  12. Ola Archer

    So very sorry the your loss. Sending my deepest sympathies. Have fond memories of the family. My sincere condolences. Ola Archer Elora

    Reply
  13. Lynn Towry Brown

    Sorry for you loss prayers to you and your family

    Reply
  14. Wanda Scott

    We are so Sorry. He was a great person. We enjoyed Shopping at the Bi-Rite. He will be greatly missed. God Bless the Family with Comfort and Peace.🙏❤️🙏

    Reply

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