Burnice Charles “Bun” Slaughter
June 15, 1929 – July 22, 2017
Burnice Charles “Bun” Slaughter, age 88, of Middletown, DE passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 22, 2017 in the care of Seasons Hospice at Christiana Hospital surrounded by his loving family.
Born on June 15, 1929 at Smyrna Landing, he was a son of the late Milton C. Slaughter and Alice M. (Gaulke) Slaughter.
Bun, affectionately known by many, was a lifelong resident of Middletown. He was a graduate of Middletown High School. In his earlier years, he was an avid drummer. Bun enjoyed playing with several area bands and marching with the Volunteer Hose Company band.
In January of 1951, he was inducted into the U.S. Army where he proudly served his country until his honorable discharge in October of 1956.
Bun made his career with General Motors, working in various positions. He retired after 36 years of dedicated service as a material foreman supervisor.
Following retirement, he continued staying busy working with his dear friend, Robert C. Hutchison, Sr., at the funeral home. Later he worked for Wildflowers by Alicia as a delivery man and at Bethesda United Methodist Church as their handyman.
Bun was an avid vegetable gardener who took great pride in growing pole beans. He enjoyed sharing his harvest of lima beans, along with the many vegetables he grew with his family, friends and neighbors. He spent many happy hours on the water crabbing with family and friends, a hobby he enjoyed throughout his life. Bun, along with his wife Jean, enjoyed entertaining at their pool and hosting family gatherings.
Jean and Bun possessed a keen interest in politics and spent countless hours working on many Democratic campaigns beside their dear friend, Senator Bethany Hall Long.
During the past few years, Bun enjoyed attending services at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church with his granddaughter, Lauren Jean. He will always be remembered as a devoted father, loving Popie, uncle, and friend. His warm caring smile touched the lives of many and will be dearly missed by all who were blessed to know him.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 63 years in Janaury of 2015, Jean Odell (Webber) Slaughter; sister, Frances Hilliard and brother, Curtis Slaughter.
He leaves many fond memories to his devoted son and daughter-in-law, Chris and LeAnn Slaughter; his very special and cherished granddaughter, Lauren Jean Slaughter and her boyfriend, Sean Fish; several nieces and nephews; many dear friends; and his beloved feline companion, Jack, who he loved dearly.
Friends may visit with Bun’s family on Thursday afternoon, July 27, 2017, from 12:00 Noon to 1:30 pm at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 406 Main Street, Odessa, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 1:30 pm. Interment will follow in Townsend Cemetery, Townsend, DE, where he will be laid to rest beside his beloved wife, Jean.
On behalf of Bun’s family, they would like offer a special thank you to Robin Banning and her family and Maryann Belote for their love, care, compassion and devotion in caring for Bun during the past year.
In honor of Bun’s love for Jack and St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Brandywine Valley SPCA, 600 South Street, New Castle, DE 19720 or to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, PO Box 253, Odessa, DE 19730.