Gary Leigh Slade

Gary Leigh Slade


Gary Leigh Slade went to be with the Lord on May 17, 2024, after a 14-year battle with dementia. 

A Celebration of Life service was held June 5, 2024 at Pinelake Church. Gary was born July 23, 1957, in Shreveport, Louisiana, to Mississippians Leigh L. and Ella Sue Lenoir Slade. 

After spending his early childhood years in Shreveport, Odessa, TX, Brookhaven MS, New Iberia, LA, and Houston, TX, his family settled in Laurel, MS, where he graduated from RH Watkins High School, class of 1975. Gary studied Geology at USM, where he was a member of the SAE fraternity. 

He left school early to help his father start an oil chemical services business. Gary also spent some years in investment banking and growing Seattle Drip Coffee Company. He went back to school and received a Masters in Biblical Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary in 1999, just so that he could better share the love of God with more people. 

Gary was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Julie Slade Carlisle, and niece Katie Carlisle. 

He is survived by his loving wife and their children: Brennan Nelson Slade and Hannah JoAnne Slade. 

Memorial donations may be made to The MIND Center of the University of Mississippi Medical Center:

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