Merlene B. Slade

November 18, 2009


Plymouth – Merlene Britton Slade, age 81, formerly of Aulander, died Wednesday, November 18, 2009, at Kindred Hospital in Greensboro, NC.

Mrs. Slade was born in Pasquotank County, a daughter of the late Clevie Henry and Josie Blowe Britton. She was a member of Connaritsa Baptist Church and had retired from Wachovia Bank as a bank teller with over 37 years of service. Merlene was the widow of J. Willis Slade. She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and friend and will be greatly missed.

Left to cherish her memory is her daughters, Ivy Joyce S. Boyce of Ahoskie, and Jan S. Hassell and her husband, Greg of Plymouth; a sister, Janet B. Hoggard of Aulander; her grandchildren, Stephanie B. Gresham of Albemarle,NC, J. Brandon O’Neil Godwin, and Blaine Garrison Hassell, both of Plymouth; and her great grandsons, Tanner Hunt Gresham, Alexander Bradley Gresham and Samuel Garrett Gresham.

A celebration of life service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 21, 2009, at Connaritsa Baptist Church, with the Rev. Hines Adams officiating. Burial will follow in Aulander Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Garrett-Jones Funeral Home from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. on Friday, and will assemble at the funeral home at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, prior to services. Flowers are welcome or memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, Memorial Program Center, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA, 23058-5216, or to the Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina, P.O. Box 338, Thomasville, NC, 27361-0338.

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Audrey Nicholson
14 years ago


I am so sorry to hear that your mother has passed away. I know how much you loved her. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

Sheila V. Adell
14 years ago

Dear Ivy,

I am praying for you and your family. Remember the good times you had with your mother and cherish them. Only God with time can make this loss bearable. Depend on Him. God will see you through, and rememeber that He loves you.

God Bless,

Sheila V. Adell

Emily Hall
14 years ago

Ivy Joyce and Jan, we just saw the passing of your mother in the paper and were so sorry to hear of it. We remember all the good times we had in Aulander years ago. Our love and prayers are with you now.

Thomas and Emily Hall

Judy Jones
14 years ago

Jan, Ivy, Stephanie & Families,

I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Miss Merlene. I hadn’t seen her in many years, but I’ll always remember her for the kind & caring person that she was. Hold tight to the precious memories that you have of her – I know that you’ll will miss her terribly as a mother cannot be easily replaced. Sending love & prayers to all of you as you bid her farewell.

Patricia Nixon-Vann
14 years ago

Ivy there are no words to express , just to let you know that my heart goes out to you and your family.

Marion Faison
14 years ago

With Deep Sympathy.

Thinking of you all with a heart filled with compassion and love.