EDNA — William S. “Will” Slayter, 23, of Edna died early Sunday morning, Feb. 24, 2013, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident southwest of Parsons.
He was born Jan. 16, 1990, in Coffeyville to James Allen “Jay” III and Cheryl Jean (Smith) Slayter. He grew up in Edna, where he attended Edna Grade School, was a 2008 graduate of Labette County High School in Altamont and attended Coffeyville Community College, where he was involved in livestock judging.
In 2010, Will began working as an apprentice electrician with Tom Trollope at TTT Electric in Parsons, where he was currently employed.
He was a member of the Elm Christian Church in Edna. Will enjoyed collecting guns, fishing and being outdoors. While participating in 4-H and Future Farmers of America, he especially enjoyed showing cattle and had won reserve grand champion at the Coffeyville Interstate Fair and grand champion at the Labette County Fair. He was currently serving on the Edna Volunteer Fire Department.
Survivors include his parents, Jay and Cheryl Slayter of the home; a sister, Chelsea Slayter of the home; a niece, Macy Slayter of the home; his paternal grandparents, Doris Hoyt and her husband, George, of Salton Sea, Calif., and James Slayter Jr. and his wife, Arlene, of Topeka.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Bill and Beverly Smith; and an uncle, Kenny Smith.
A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Edna Elm Grove Cemetery. Friends may call after 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Altamont.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Edna Volunteer Fire Department or to the Labette County Fair Board. These may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 325, Altamont, 67330.
Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.