Troy L. Slay

Born in Bogue Chitto, MS on October 2, 1928

Departed on December 28, 2014 and resided in Nashville, TN

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Reverend Troy L. Slay – Age 86, passed away December 28, 2014, at Alive Hospice, surrounded by his loving family. Born October 2, 1928, Reverend Slay retired after 43 years of pastoring. He served in the U.S. Navy on the Battleship Missouri. He was a graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University; he earned a Masters Degree from George Peabody College and served as the Dean of Emmanuel Bible College. He loved his family very much. He was a kind man with a gentle heart. Those who knew him loved and admired him. We know this to be true because he was our husband, Daddy, and Pa-Pa. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Marie; daughters, Stacie Slay (Robin Smith, fiancé); and Monica St. John (Steve); grandsons, Eric and Scott St. John; special friends, Liam and Ryan Orr. The Celebration of Life service will be on Friday, January 2, 2015, at 7pm, at West Harpeth Funeral Home with Reverends Steve Robertson and Denzil Huff officiating. Interment will be Saturday, 10am, at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson Street, Nashville, TN 37203. Visitation will be on Friday from 1pm until the service time at 7pm at WEST HARPETH FUNERAL HOME, 6962 Charlotte Pike; online guestbook 352-9400.

18 Comments to Reverend Troy L. Slay

  1. Brenda L. Dew
    January 2, 2015 11:37 am

    I saw the obituary in the paper, and I was so shocked to learn of Troy’s death. Please know Marie , you and your family are in my prayers . Much love and peace, Brenda dew and Daisy, Charlie ,

    • Marie Slay
      January 17, 2015 6:22 pm

      Brenda, thank you. Troy always enjoyed teasing you and Ken about how he worked you at Cardiac Rehab.

  2. Alisha Odum
    January 2, 2015 1:25 pm

    I cannot believe this! You were an amazing, Godly, kind, loving man. You will be missed so much. There isn’t another man like you out there.

  3. Alisha Odum
    January 2, 2015 1:28 pm

    Love you Brother Slay. I will miss you! His family are in my thoughts and prayers

  4. Betty Gase
    January 3, 2015 8:21 pm

    Brother Slay you and your family go way back. You all are LOVEd. I think God for You all crossing my path and the Godly life I have know with meeting you.
    God Bless your family.
    Betty Gase

    • Marie Slay
      January 17, 2015 6:25 pm

      Betty, thank you and Chuck for coming to the funeral home and for your kind words. Troy was a good man and he loved people. You and Chuck were two of them.

  5. John Baird
    January 6, 2015 7:57 am

    His gentle, kind spirit has gone to be with the one he loved and served for so many years. Rev. Slay’s influence and inspiration lives on in the hearts and lives of the Trevecca Nazarene College students he mentored and advised. The group that rode on the “Big Yellow Bus” have fond memories of Sunday School classes in the basement, wonderful sermons by our pastor, music by the choir, lots of hugs and kisses when we needed them, visits to their home after church for “Grilled Sandwiches and Mama Slay’s delicious Cream cake, or anything found in the fridge,” and croquet games at the Parthenon after church on warn Sunday evenings. How they put up with us, I will never know.

    Mrs. Slay, Stacie, and Monica: Many years have passed since our time at TNC (1966-1970}. You have grown up, gotten married and have your own families. We all have fond, loving memories of the precious time we had together. You were” our family” during those four years. Thank you for sharing your Mom and Dad with us. Give Mom a hug and kiss for us.

    Love and prayers are with you all.

    John Baird
    Blue Ridge, Georgia

    • Marie Slay
      January 17, 2015 6:19 pm

      John, thank you so much for the kind remarks. We really did enjoy all “you college kids”. I have wondered where you were these days. My email address is Stacie & Monica were glad to hear from you also. Stacie is not married(engaged), Monica has two sons, ages 22 and 17. Thanks again.

  6. Sharon Lovelace Bartlett
    January 7, 2015 3:32 pm

    Sorry to hear about your loss. Your family is in my prayers.

  7. KayD Colvin Dunn
    January 8, 2015 10:43 pm

    My Heart goes out to each of you..

    One of the most Godly Men I’ve known.. always there for a kind and loving word.
    His smile would light up any room.. Troy will be missed at the Bates Family Reunion..
    I always looked forward to see him and his lovely bride..
    Keeping the whole Slay family in prayers and thoughts..

    Love you and will miss you very much..
    your little cousin… Fly High My Dear Cousin, will see you again when God calls me Home !!

    • Marie Slay
      January 17, 2015 6:28 pm

      Kay, thank you. Troy always looked forward to seeing you and he said many times that he was glad we were privileged to attend your wedding last year.

  8. Rev. Vernon Hurles
    January 9, 2015 11:03 am

    Dear Marie & Family,
    This is to express our sincere sympathy for the loss of your devoted husband Brother Troy. We attended Trevecca together and served on the District as fellow pastors. His signature on my Diploma from Emmanuel Bible College is a constant reminder of our friendship and appreciation for his life and ministry. We are joining your many friends in prayer for the Holy Spirit to comfort you and your family during this very difficult time. God bless you Marie!
    Vernon & Joyce Hurles

    • Marie Slay
      January 17, 2015 6:29 pm

      Thank you. Troy enjoyed Emmanuel Bible College. He enjoyed interacting with the students. As you know Troy was a people person. He liked being with people.

  9. Danny and Sanfie Goddard
    January 11, 2015 1:23 pm

    We were students at TNC and started attending Immanuel Church of the Nazarene in 1975. Rev. Slay even asked me to preach the fall revival. I learned so much from Pastor Slay that has helped me in 35 years of pastoring churches in NC, OK, NE, and IN. A great man, a godly man, full of wisdom.

    • Marie Slay
      January 17, 2015 6:34 pm

      Danny and Sanfie, thank you for the kind words about Troy. He was a good man and enjoyed having the Trevecca stuudents attend Immanuel Church. I am glad he was able to help you in your ministry. He never felt like he was a good enough pastor. Thank you again.

  10. wayne oatsvall
    July 26, 2015 8:13 am

    I loved Bro Slay as a good man. He married me and my wife mildred in august 1966 ,which she passed away in 2005 with cancer . He then married me again in 2009 to my present wife Shirley . He was such a blessing to us

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