John “Jack” Whedon Slater, 76, of Linville Falls, N.C. and Davenport, Fla., passed away on Aug. 24, 2020.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Leona and Whedon Slater, of Bloomington, Ill.; his brother, James Slater, of Longboat Key, Fla.; and his daughter, Meghan Slater, of Asheville, NC.

He is survived by his wife, Diane Slater, of Linville Falls, NC and Davenport, Fla.; his daughter, Stephanie Slater-Hessenflow and wife Suzi Hessenflow; step-sons, David Woodard and wife Lewina, and Trevor Woodard and wife Michelle, as well as many grandchildren and a great-grandson.

Jack was a loving, kind, and gentle man. He loved his family, friends and his church and he never met a stranger. He could often be found working in his garden, which he took great pride in and always shared the bounty of his hard work with neighbors and friends alike. Jack passed in a tragic accident, but he was doing what he loved for those he cared about, sharing what he had with others. He will be greatly missed by so many.

No services will be held at this time. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to Crossnore School & Children’s Home. This is a place that meant a lot to Jack and he would be happy to know that we show support to them in his name.

Donations can be made to the school through their website, or they can be mailed directly to the school at P.O.Box 249, Crossnore, N.C. 28616

Cards of sympathy may be mailed to: Diane Slater, P.O. Box 13, Linville Falls, NC 28764 and Stephanie Slater-Hessenflow, 174 Rivermist Court, Bethlehem, Ga. 30620.

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