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Carlita Kaye Hyde Slatky, 59, of Statesboro, Georgia and widow of Allen Marshall Slatky, died Tuesday morning, April 27, 2021, with her daughter by her side.

Born in Washington, Missouri, she was a daughter of LaVonda Keasler. Carlita received her bachelor’s degree from Berry College in Rome, Georgia, and worked for many years as the Director of Retail Services for Georgia Southern. She enjoyed gardening, working with animals, and was active in the First Presbyterian Church in Statesboro.

Survivors include her daughter, Chelsea Hughes, and her husband, Robert, of Bartlett, Tennessee; grandchildren, Owen and Caleb Hughes, and mother, LaVonda Keasler.

The memorial service will be held at 9 o’clock Friday morning at the columbarium, Greenwich section of Bonaventure Cemetery, conducted by the Reverend Nelle McCorkle Bordeaux.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105-9959 or Fixing the Boro – 915 East Inman Street, Statesboro, Georgia 30458-5124.

Online Condolences

  1. Vickie Shaw says:

    My deepest condolences on the loss of your mother. I have worked closely with her at GA Southern and have enjoyed calling her a friend. She was a doting mother and grandmother and was so proud of you. No words I share can fill the space she held for you but do know that she will be fondly remembered and loved for her wit, smile and biting sarcasm (which I thoroughly appreciated).

  2. Kathy Davis says:

    I am so very sorry to hear of Carlita’s passing. I have worked with her in a software support roll for the bookstore in Statesboro for several years and became personally acquainted with her. She was a strong lady and always knew what she wanted and needed. I do know her staff had much respect for her.
    Dear Carlita, you are no longer in any discomfort. You will be missed.
    Fly high dear friend…..

  3. Anita Nelson says:

    Carlita and our circle of life long friends met within days of entering Berry College. She was so funny and intelligent. Unlike myself, she could go to Disco-mania and have a good time before tests, not needing to study for three days. She was also able to rock the highest heel Candie’s wooden platform shoes with grace and ease. She possessed many talents: great fashion sense, decorating/organizational skills, ability to memorize massive amounts of content, and she could tell off someone before they even knew they had been told off. Even at a young age she was intimidated by few. She and I were in a low level chemistry class together. It was taught by a brand spanking new professor that lacked skills. Carlita wasn’t having it. She made an appointment with him after the first test and he was soon handing out study guides and curving grades.

    I feel so blessed to have known Carlita and am so thankful for such wonderful memories. She was a very special person.

    Continued prayers for her family and friends.

  4. Diane Wilhelm says:

    I am sad to read this news. I worked with Carlita at the public library many years ago and remember her as a very fine woman, May God bless and keep her family at this time.

  5. Michael Murphy says:

    I am so sorry for your loss and send my deepest condolences to you and your family. Carlita and I worked together for several years. She was dedicated to her work, her family, her pets, and her piggies all throughout her office. I’m going to miss stopping by, grabbing a Twix out of her pig-shaped candy jar and chatting. We’ll miss you Carlita…

  6. Philip Leroy says:

    Right now, I am lost in words as to what to say. I have known Carlita for a while now and I have always enjoyed our chats on various things. One of the chats was able her being able to visit and see the campus of my old stomping grounds for High School, Rabun Gap Nacoochee School, and also got to meet a fellow Gapper, Randy. She was a very strong and strong minded person and that is one of the things that made her such a great person and all. I wish I could have spent more time with Carlita, but I know she fought hard to the end, and with that she will be dearly missed. I know she always had good things to say about her family, cannot remember all, but I know she loved them dearly, especially her mother and her daughter. May she rest fully in peace, and prayers and hugs to her family and loved ones.

  7. Rita Phillips says:

    Chelsea and family,
    The sad news about your mother is traveling now to the college bookstore industry. Carlita inspired me with her passion for our industry but most importantly, making a difference in lives of college students. I considered Carlita more than just a colleague, as she was a friend where we could share the ups and downs of managing through turbulent times. My heart is heavy for the employees of Georgia Southern bookstore. From our bookstore family at Iowa State University to your family and employees of GSU, our thoughts, prayers, and virtual hugs are with you during this very difficult time.

  8. Sherry Furr says:

    My dear Carlita – you are forever a treasured member of my Berry College family. From our antics on West Mary 3rd (your hot air popcorn popper, Rod Stewart albums, and correcting my southern mis-pronunciation of Conquistador), to wondering why we referred to a purse as a “pocketbook”, to your espadrilles in every color, to graduating early despite enjoying the all that college life had to offer, to our present day new found joys within our Berry family, we’ve had an event filled 40 years. I will carry your friendship and spunky, fearless zest for life with me always. See you down the road. ❤️

  9. JAMES TOOLE says:

    My condolences
    to all family members
    Carlita and i.have been friends
    For many years from Berry College
    To present
    Regardless of where our careers
    Lead us we stayed in contact
    My friend CARLITA you will be missed
    You have earned you right to be promoted
    To heaven by the way you lived on earth
    I will always love you and miss you
    James toole from milledgeville ga.!

  10. Brian Dawsey says:

    I am so sad to hear this news. I had the pleasure of working with Carlita here at Savannah State University. She will be sorely missed. I pray God’s comfort for her family.

  11. Sandria Mason says:

    Receiving the news of your passing shook me to my core. My deepest condolences to all the family and I pray for peace and strength to you during this time. I had the pleasure of knowing Carlita when I was a student at Savannah State and everyone called her mamma C. She was a joy always helping us whenever we needed something in the office. Her joyous personality will truly be miss.

  12. Carol Miller Schaefer says:

    I am very saddened and shocked by the passing of Carlita-too young. She was a dear colleague and friend in the college store industry of so many. I enjoyed working with her on the Large Stores Group Steering Committee and always enjoyed her smile, experience and dedication to her store. My sincere condolences to her family.

    With sympathy,

    Carol Miller Schaefer

  13. Barry Waters says:

    My heart aches for your family. Carlita was a ray of light and a great leader in our industry. Please know she is walking with our Lord now in paradise!

    Barry Waters
    CMU Bookstore

  14. Charlene Todd says:

    I’m sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. I send my condolences to you and your family.
    I worked for Carlita at the University Store for several years before I retired.

  15. Kenielle Albany says:

    The news of Carlita’s passing is not what I expected to hear today. Affectionately known as “Mama C”, she was a constant reminder of the good that still exists in this troublesome world. We worked together at Savannah State, but she became so much more than a colleague, she was family. She lovingly looked after us, shared her wisdom and loved us like we were her own. From our random conversations to our mutual appreciation for the music group “Mother’s Finest”, I will never forget the impression she left on both students and staff alike. I count it a privilege to have known her. Chelsea, you and your family are in our prayers and just remember to rest upon the fact that “Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal”.

  16. Heather Crampton says:

    Dearest Chelsea,
    David are so saddened. Your Mom was a special person and we feel so privileged to call her as our friend. She was so proud of your Scottish dancing. So many wonderful memories. David and I holding you and your family in our prayers. The funeral service was so beautiful and thoughtful. Your Mom and Allen were looking upon you giving you strength and will forever be your Angels.

  17. Renée McGehee says:

    Chelsea, my heart is sad upon learning of your dear mother’s death!! Many fond memories of the times we shared years ago in Savannah! I had lost contact with her – I don’t do Facebook. I want you to know that she had come into my mind of late for some reason & I had been praying for her, as that is my practice!! I’m so very very sad that you are without her at such an early age. Please know that I will keep you, your family & your dear grandmother in prayer with much love.

  18. John Parry says:

    Chelsea and family,
    My condolences at this time of loss. I had the pleasure of working with Carlita in the college stores industry and always enjoyed seeing her at conference events. She will be missed. May you take comfort in your faith in Christ and the prayers of others at this time of loss.

  19. Donna W Kaplan says:

    Chelsea, family and close friends,

    I am terribly saddened by this news. I worked with Carlita at the Savannah campus many years ago. My daughter, who worked for Carlita, even adopted one of her rescue cats.

    Carlita was a joy to work with. My heart aches for all of you. I pray you find comfort in each other and remember the joyous times together. May God Bless and protect you all.

    Donna W. Kaplan

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