Memorial services for Charles Alexander Slaten of Mount Vernon, were at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012 at Harvey Funeral Home Chapel.
Mr. Slaten passed away on Aug. 3, 2012 He was born in Houston, Texas on March 31, 1928 to James Samuel Slaten and Mary Bradie Boulton Slaten, he spent his childhood years there and graduated from Pasadena High School.
As soon as he turned eighteen Charles joined the United States
Marine Corp at the end of World War II. He served on escort carriers in the Pacific and in China.
Upon receiving honorable discharge from the Marine Corps, Charles studied mathematics at East Texas Baptist College in Marshall, Texas where he met Joyce Kathleen Lee, also a math student. Upon his graduation, they were married on May 24, 1950 in Marshall. Charles went on to receive his masters of mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin. He taught mathematics in Texas public schools and universities, including Daingerfield High School, Blinn Junior College in Brenham, and Tartleton State University in Stephenville.
He is survived by his wife of sixty-two years, Joyce Slaten, his six children and spouses, Kathy and Ken Fitzhugh of Amarillo, Tex., James Slaten of Fort Worth, Tex., Jonathon and Silvia Slaten of Wylie, Tex., Steven and Bonnie Slaten of Washington, D. C., Charlotte and William McNeary of Charleston, Mo., and Jeanie and Steve Rogan of Joshua, Tex., nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and one sister, Mary Beth Penney.
Although Charles grew up during the Great Depression, his family made frequent trips to Colorado to be with relatives there. During these years, he learned his love of the mountains, of travel, and talking with many diverse types of people.
Charles was also a Mason for more than sixty years. He had a great love for his family, and they returned that love. He will be greatly missed.
Memorials may be made to East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Tex.