The man many in
“James Slater was a model employee,” says James Norman, executive director of Action for a Better Community in
“He encouraged me to follow in his footsteps and entertain college...that was Jimmy,” says Ella Dean, a childhood friend of Slater’s. Dean had just moved back to
“He fixed our flat tires and our broken chains on our bikes…that was Jimmy,” says Dean, “Jimmy was always very meticulous about the way he dressed. He wasn't a suit and tie sort of guy...he liked his baseball caps and athletic gear.”
Slater was a proud father of his son Jamel Duval Slater who is currently in the U.S. Airforce, stationed in
“He always went to the grocery store for her and ran her errands for her and then there were those weekly trips to Carvell's for ice cream...that was Jimmy,” says Dean.
Slater’s number one concern was the state of
“His warm, caring smile, touched the lives of many,” says Dean.
And he made a difference in the community.
“We have to be the change that we want to see,” says