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Robert Edward SLAY

Male 1890 - 1975  (84 years)


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  • Name Robert Edward SLAY 
    Born 11 Nov 1890  Bon Secour, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Also Known As Rob 
    Occupation worked at family dry cleaners business 
    Died 24 Oct 1975  Fort Pierce, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Name at birth was “Robin”

      Was working at Yergensen’s Bakery when he met Maggie Combel.

      Rob loved to drink and was known to have one too many. In 1925, he held up a funeral procession while drunk. When sober, he was embarrassed and asked his brother William Gray what to do. Gray told him, “The best thing that you can do is get the hell out of town.” Gray called his sister Evelyn in Ft. Pierce, Florida, who talked to their mother and agreed that Rob should go to Florida. Rob left his wife and 7 children for Ft. Pierce and stayed with Evelyn. Rob’s mother had a cousin, Darryl Booker, who had sold a small shop and dry cleaners to Evelyn and her husband. Rob helped out in the shop.

      In 1925, he opened Slay’s Sunrise Dry Cleaners on Avenue A in Ft. Pierce. He then sent for Maggie and his children.

      Stock market crash of 1929 nearly devastated the family but even during the Great Depression, Rob loved to drink and gamble and was lucky most of the time. He loved to buy real estate and owned much property. At one time, they lived in the House of Seven Gables, where legend had it, old man Slay had a girl in every gable.

      In 1943, Dr. Gowdy ran into the Sunshine Dry Cleaners and injured Rob’s leg, after which he retired.
    Person ID I348  MyFamilyInfo
    Last Modified 7 Sep 2009 

    Father James Lawrence SLAY, Sr.,   b. 24 Mar 1858, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Sep 1901, Biloxi, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years) 
    Mother Mary Aveline BENTON,   b. 9 Jan 1859, Bon Secour, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Feb 1942, Fort Pierce, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 1 Mar 1882  Baldwin County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Lived on the corner of Oak Street and Howard Avenue in the Point Cadet area of Biloxi, Mississippi.
    Family ID F237  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Marguerite Ida COMBEL,   b. 21 Dec 1891, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 May 1990, Fort Pierce, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 98 years) 
    Married 17 Sep 1910 
    Children 
    +1. Mary Elodie SLAY,   b. Biloxi, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location
    +2. Marjorie Isabel SLAY,   b. Biloxi, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location
    +3. Shirley Inez SLAY,   b. Biloxi, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2007
    +4. Lanette Eldred SLAY,   b. Ft. Pierce, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location
    +5. Elizabeth Aveline SLAY,   b. 17 Jul 1911, Biloxi, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1997, Fort Pierce, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
    +6. Robert Edward SLAY, Jr.,   b. 28 Apr 1913, Biloxi, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Aug 1996, Fort Pierce, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    +7. Joseph Lawrence SLAY,   b. 14 Oct 1915, Biloxi, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Oct 1998, Fort Pierce, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
    +8. Rita June SLAY,   b. 13 Jun 1920, Biloxi, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jul 1991, Fort Pierce, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
    +9. Dorothy Evelyn SLAY,   b. 6 Apr 1931, Ft. Pierce, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Oct 1999, Fort Pierce, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
    Last Modified 18 Feb 2016 
    Family ID F243  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart