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Benjamin Kyle Slay, 90, of Richmond Hill, Georgia and widower of Helen Walker Slay, died Thursday evening, April 18, 2019, at Bryan County Health and Rehabilitation.

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, he was a son of the late Kyle Slay and the late Nettie Swann Slay. Mr. Slay was a member of New Covenant Presbyterian Church in Richmond Hill and had faithfully served as an elder in the Presbyterian church. He was a 1952 graduate of Auburn University and was an avid Auburn Tiger football fan. Mr. Slay was a retired commercial building construction superintendent who built numerous churches, hospitals, office buildings, and shopping malls across the southeast. He enjoyed spending time with his family, working in his rose garden, and for years he and his wife traveled in their motor home. He will be remembered for his love of life, joyful smile, and commitment to his faith.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by Helen, his beloved wife of 54 years.

Surviving are one daughter, Michelle Slay Shepherd and her husband, Rob, of Richmond Hill, Georgia; one son, Timothy Ben Slay and his wife, Rebecca Morell Slay, of Mooresville, North Carolina, and four grandchildren, Chandler Ellen Shepherd, Heidi Slay Shepherd, Sarah Katherine Slay and Benjamin Walker Slay.

The funeral service will be held at 2:30 Sunday afternoon, April 28, 2019, at New Covenant Presbyterian Church – Richmond Hill City Center – 520 Cedar Street in Richmond Hill conducted by Pastor Travis Peacock. To remind us of his love for ice cream, his family will host an Ice Cream Reception at the church following the service.

A committal service will be held at 12:30 Monday afternoon, April 29, 2019, in Lawnwood Memorial Park – 1111 Access Road in Covington, Georgia conducted by the Reverend Tom Sparks.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to New Covenant Presbyterian Church Building Fund – (Mailing address) – 10747 Ford Avenue Unit 11, Richmond Hill, Richmond Hill, Georgia 31324.

His family would like to thank the staffs of Rockdale County Cardiac Rehab, Magnolia Manor, Bryan County Senior Center, and especially Bryan County Health and Rehabilitation for loving and blessing Mr. Slay.

Online Condolences

  1. Jazz Johnson says:

    I would like to send my prayers to the family. Mr. Slay was very special to me, he was loving, caring and full of wisdom, he will truly be missed.

  2. The Griffins says:

    Your Stockbridge family will miss you much!
    May God give you all a Peace that surpasses all understanding.
    Kent, Elyse, & Nyome

  3. Debbie Moody says:

    Michelle, Tim and family. I am so sorry for your loss. I know it is so hard saying good bye. God has promised we will see him again. I loved your folks so much and know they are rejoicing in Heaven, together again. You will be my prayers in the weeks, months and years to come. I love y’all.

  4. Soonja & Rodney Parkin says:

    Our thoughts and prayers to your family. Your father was a great friend and respected Church member!
    We will all miss him!
    Rodney & Soonja Parkin

  5. Carmen santana says:

    My sincere condolences . During this difficult time to the slay famiily. From Carmen Santana ,Carol callwood and family.

  6. Lamar Miller says:

    Michelle and Family: My condolences to you all. Miss seeing Ben and the Winnebago on The Plains.

  7. Brad and Jenny Surfus says:

    Michelle and you precious family,
    We were so blessed to be able to have met your precious mama and your daddy. They are reunited praising our precious Jesus. Please know we are praying for you and your family and love y’all!! ❤️

  8. Blevins Family says:

    We will continue to pray for you and your family during this time of life transition of your love one. For HE knows the plans HE has for us…to bring us to an expected. Our deepest sympathy.

    Arthur, Iris, and Blevins Family

  9. Lowell Alexander says:

    Rob and Michelle and girls,

    Elaine, Lowell III and I send our sincere condolences in your loss. Mr. Slay has run the earthly race and run it well. Now it is time for him to mount up with wings as eagles, run and not be weary and walk and not faint. We love you.

  10. JoAnn, Latoya & Lauren says:

    We are sorry for your loss. We have grown to love him in the short time we have known him. May God Bless You and guide you in your grief. God has watching over “Sweet Tooth” and has brought him to his side with loving arms. These same arms will help you with all your pain. God Loves and Cares for ALL his Children.

  11. Eva Shepherd says:

    Ben Slay had an influential input into the Shepherd family. When Rob and Michelle were married, the Slay and Shepherd family immediately melded. We had many happy times with them and were pleased that our son had supportive in-laws. Our Michelle has spent much time carrying for her Mom and Dad and therefore has been an encouragement to our hearts. We will miss them but know he is united with Helen in the presence with his Savior, Jesus Christ.

  12. The Poynter Family says:

    To the Slay and Shepherd families, our sincere condolences. Ben was such a special part of our church family at Conyers Presbyterian. Our 3 children loved seeing his smiling face serving ice cream at our Wednesday night dinners and during snack time at VBS each summer. This world has lost a shining light however, heaven certainly gained a very special angel. Prayers for you all during this time and in the days to come.

  13. Terry and Susan Logan says:

    We will miss Ben Slay dearly, his smile and gentle spirit was always a beacon among the congregation at New Covenant. We are praying that the pain his family and friends are feeling will be eased and healed through the knowledge of his union in Christ.

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