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Richard “Dick” Arlen Slayton, 83, of Hampton

Richard “Dick” Arlen Slayton (Courtesy Weymouth Funeral Home & Crematory)

Richard “Dick” Arlen Slayton, 83, formally of Danville, VA and a resident of Hampton since 1962 went to be with his Heavenly Father on May 11, 2022.

Dick retired from the military in 1990 as a Colonel after serving in numerous command and staff positions for both the National Guard and Army Reserves.  During his forty-two years of military service, Colonel Slayton received numerous decorations and service metals.  He always said he didn’t have any wrinkles; they were service stripes.

He also retired from Newport News Shipbuilding in 1995 after twenty-eight years of service. Dick was head of the Submarine Safety (SUBSAFE) Program.  He was the recipient of acknowledgments from the Navy for his improvements and contributions made to the SUBSAFE Program. After retirement from the Shipyard, he continued to support the Navy an additional nine years as a consultant in Washington, DC.  Dick was well respected and admired by his fellow workers for his outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail. Dick was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Tabb.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Gerald Slayton and Geneva Vass Slayton Lakey of Danville, VA. Dick is survived by Bette Weade Slayton, his best friend and loving wife of 62 years; his sister, Judy S. Moss; his two daughters ~ Dick/Dad always told people that Sheryl was his “favorite oldest” daughter (Sheryl S. Michael married to Paul of Poquoson) and Kim was his “favorite youngest” daughter (Kim S. Lake married to Ted of Atlanta, Georgia.); his two grandchildren, Danielle Michael, and Blake Michael, married to Hailey, and his great-grandson, Westin G. Michael, son of Blake, and a host of other loving relatives and caring friends.

Please join the family on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at Weymouth Funeral Home, located at 12746 Nettles Drive, NN, VA 23606.  Viewing and Visitation will begin at 11:30 AM. A Funeral Service will begin at 12:00 P.M. and the 21 Gun Military Salute with full military honors will begin graveside at 1:00 PM.  If you are unable to come to the funeral home then please come to the cemetery service located at Peninsula Memorial Park, 12750 Warwick Blvd., NN, VA 23606 in the “Garden of Devotion” with Pastor Doug Echols officiating.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the SPCA either in person or on-line. Arrangements by Weymouth Funeral Home.

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