History of the Restoration Movement

Gerald Kent "Jerry" Slatton


The Life of Gerald K. Slatton

Gerald Kent Slatton was born the 26th of August, 1932 in Rome, Floyd County, Georgia. He was the son of Gerstle Gompers Slatton (1909-1961) and Edith Irene Childress (1908-1989). Jerry grew up in the Chattanooga area. During his teen years he was living in Tampa, Florida. He attended Florida Southern College. While there he met Shirley Ann Reel of Hillsborough, Florida. They were married September 11, 1953 at Belmont Heights Church of Christ, with Paul Andrews officiating. Two children were born to this good family, Cynthia Ann and Nancy Lynn (Sell).

The Tampa Tribune, Tampa, Florida
Saturday, September 12, 1953, page 3

Preaching was Jerry’s love, and he preached where he could while in college. While in the Tampa, Florida area, he preached some for the Gary church of Christ, and in 1952 for the Antioch congregation.

The Tampa Tribune, Tampa, Florida
Sunday, December 5,1954, page 20

From nearly three years he preached for the Plymouth Street church of Christ in Kannapolis, North Carolina from 1954 to 1956. From there the family moved to Mobile, Alabama to work with the Oakdale congregation. He was there from 1956 to 1959. From there they were in New Orlean, Louisiana from 1959 until sometime in 1961.

El Paso Times, El Paso, Texas
Sunday, April 2, 1961, page 47

Jerry’s father passed away in May of 1961, back in Florida. This led the family to return to Florida to support Jerry's mom. He took a management position with Western Auto, and worked among the churches on a part-time basis. He was an excellent song leader, and he was able to help in gospel meetings.

In 1970 the Slattons moved to Brentwood, Tennessee. Jerry had acquired his real estate license, and supported his family this way. He continued to sell real estate into the early 1990s, and for a time served as Vice President of the Williamson County Board of Realtors. He was retired by 1993.

During his years of retirement, he continued to utilize his talents for the Kingdom of Christ. From time to he was called upon for weddings and funerals. The last years of Jerry’s life were in Franklin, Tennessee. In 2013 he had contracted pancreatic cancer. He succumbed to it on the 19th of August. He was eighty years old. A funeral was conducted at Woodbine Funeral Home, and Bill Watkins officiated. Burial followed at Woodlawn Cemetery in Nashville.

Scott Harp, 02.03.2021

Sources: Preachers of Today, Volumes 1 and 2; Various Newspaper clippings.

Directions To Grave

The Slatton Family plot is located in Woodlawn Cemetery on Thompson Lane in Nashville, Tennessee. It lies on the southern belt of Hwy. 155, Briley Parkway that goes around the city. Only a 100 yards behind 100 Oaks Shopping Center it hosts the graves of many preachers, educators and church leaders among churches of Christ. A map of preachers can be seen here. The exact location of the Slatton family plot is shown below, as it is just west, up the hill from the funeral home in Garden of the Cross, next to the drive. Use GPS below to find the grave.

GPS Location of the Grave
36°06'58.4"N 86°45'43.3"W
or D.d. 36.116208, -86.762017

Gerald K. Slatton
Loving Husband & Father
August 26, 1932 - August 19, 2013

Photos Taken 08.26.2016
Webpage produced 02.03.2021
Courtesy Of Scott Harp


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