2017-07-13 / Obituaries

Betty Ann Slaton

Graveside services for Betty Ann Slaton, 79. were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 8, 2017, at Resthaven Cemetery in Washington with the Reverend Father Dr. Dwight Ogier officiating, assisted by Father David M. Dye and Dr. Harold Lawrence. She died July 1, 2017, in Washington, Georgia.

An eighth generation native of Wilkes County born on October 7, 1937, she was the daughter of the late John Russell Slaton and Willie Belle Johnson Slaton. Survivors include her brother, T. Marion Slaton of Atlanta and Washington, and a devoted circle of friends.

Graduating from Tift College in 1959 followed by extensive postgraduate studies, Miss Slaton was a historian, teacher, and preservationist whose career included teaching in Elberton, Athens, and Gainesville. Retiring to Washington in 1989, she devoted her expertise to numerous civic and state endeavors.

Miss Slaton’s honors include recognition by The Georgia Secretary of State for Outstanding Achievement in Preserving Georgia’s History; Certificate of Appreciation for her contributions to the Board of the Georgia National Register; and the Outstanding Achievement Award by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. Additionally, she was given the Martha Washington medal by the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution for her role in the establishment of the Washington-Wilkes Chapter of the SAR.

Miss Slaton was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Mediator in Washington, serving as a member of the Daughters of the King as well as in all aspects of church life.

Miss Slaton was past chairman of the Washington Historic Preservation Commission; past trustee of The Mary Willis Library and Bartram Trail Library System; member and past chairman of the CSRA RC Historic Advisory Board; former member of Georgia National Register Review Board; member of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation; Registrar and Past Regent of the Kettle Creek Chapter, DAR; Registrar of the Fort James Chapter, Colonial Dames of the XVII Century; member of the Huguenot Society of the Founders of Manakin in the Colony of Virginia; member and Past President of the Washington Wilkes Historical Foundation; member of the Board of Directors and Charter Member of the Kettle Creek Battlefield Association.

If desired, memorials may be made to the Church of the Mediator (P.O. Box 716) or the Kettle Creek Battlefield Association (P.O. Box 729), Washington, GA 30673.

Hopkins Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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I met Betty only once, but it

I met Betty only once, but it was obvious she was a treasure! Rest in peace and love, Betty.