Samuel Ray Slaydon Sr

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July 6, 1931 ~ January 24, 2021

Born in: DeRidder, LA
Resided in: San Antonio, TX

Samuel Ray Slaydon, Sr., 89, of San Antonio, Texas, and formerly of Bryan, Texas, passed away peacefully Sunday, January 24, 2021.

He was born in DeRidder, Louisiana, on July 6, 1931, and married the love of his life, Joyce, on October 3, 1953.  Ray was stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina with the 82nd Airborne Division as a parachuter, and was honorably discharged from the United States Army as a Sargent.   He and Joyce actively served in churches throughout their lives, participating in the music ministry, teaching Sunday School classes, and overseeing building projects.  They were active members of the Rotary Club in Bryan.  Following a career in construction, he and Joyce became home parents to troubled youth in Abilene and Waco. He will be remembered for his love for God, his family, his friends, and his country. Their children learned to love Jesus, music, family, and country, through the example set for them by their parents.

A graveside service with military honors is set for 11:00 A.M. on Friday, January 29, 2021, at Steep Hollow Cemetery in Bryan, Texas. A visitation for family and friends will be held at 10:00 A.M. Due to state mandates, health and safety precautions will be observed.  The service may be viewed through the Callaway-Jones Funeral Center facebook page.  In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in Ray’s memory to an organization, of your choosing, benefitting American Veterans.

Pallbearers will be Daniel Brock, Thomas Gurno, Carlo Aranibar, Joey Falco, Erik Ver Schuur, Trey Slaydon, Kegan Slaydon, Zachary Slaydon, and Tyler Slaydon.

He is survived by his children and their spouses:  Joi and Bob Brock, Cindy and Joe Falco, Sam and Marla Slaydon, and Grady and Laurie Slaydon. Ray is also survived by 11 grandchildren and their spouses: Angie and Thomas Gurno, Daniel and Crysta Brock, Becky and Carlo Aranibar, Ashley and Erik Ver Schuur, Joe Falco, IV, Catherine Slaydon, Cassie and Jorge Saldivar, Trey and Kari Slaydon,  Kegan and Kim Slaydon, Zachary and Miranda Slaydon, and Tyler Slaydon, and 18 great grandchildren. Additionally, Ray is survived by his sister and her husband, Frances and George Jouban; his brother and his wife, Bobby and Deedie Slaydon; his sister-in-law Beverly Woodall; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Ray was preceded in death by his loving wife, Joyce; his parents, Samuel and Emma Slaydon; and 3 sisters, Edie Winfree, Bertha Owens, and Bonnie Sargent.


Graveside Service: January 29, 2021 11:00 am

Steep Hollow Cemetery
7231-7477 Steep Hollow Rd
Bryan, TX 77808


Visitation: January 29, 2021 10:00 am

Steep Hollow Cemetery
7231-7477 Steep Hollow Rd
Bryan, TX 77808


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  1. Uncle Sammy was a great guy. I always appreciated his upbeat attitude, his humor, and his kindness to us Curle kids (his step nieces and nephews). He and aunt Joyce were such a great help to Mama when, recently widowed, she moved back to Gray’s Creek. I’m so glad I got to know the Slaydon family as well as I did.

  2. There are so many stories and wonderful memories of Uncle Sammie and Aunt Joyce that I will forever remember and cherish. Uncle Sammie was like a grandfather to Amanda and Leanna after their grandfather Sprunt passed away. I will forever be grateful. Uncle Sammie will forever hold a special place in our hearts.

  3. There are so many good memories of Uncle Sammy’s and Aunt Joyce’s visits to North Carolina from Texas. I remember as a child hunting with Uncle Sammy and Daddy in the “swamp” and him hitting a flying quail with a .22 rifle shot. I remember his stories of construction and installing utilities and pipes in Beaumont and other areas in Texas. I remember catching yellow catfish with him in Louisana with a line across the water and cooking them on the bank.
    I remember his deep love for Aunt Joyce and his children and his many kindnesses to my parents and my family. He was a humble man and a veteran patriot, who was proud of his family and never lost his faith and his love for his fellow man. Well done thy good and faithful servant.

  4. I remember him being so kind and sweet. Wish I could have made more memories with him.. thank you for passing along the “twin” genes to me.. I hope Cyrus has some of the great traits you had Uncle Ray!!

  5. So sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. Steep Hollow Baptist Church was my first full time pastorate after graduating from seminary. Those years were special because of some wise leadership that guided me and really taught me so much about ministry. Ray was right there as he served as the Music Director and Deacon. I am blessed that God allowed me to minister to the Steep Hollow community.

  6. I’ll always remember Uncle Ray’s big hugs and the smile he always had! He always had a great hunting story to tell as well! The stories he could tell!!

  7. I will always treasure and remember the many wonderful years we had together at Steep Hollow Baptist Church. Singing all those cantatas and especially the many years that we sang together in the Steep Hollow Quartet. And only God knows how many times we sang the duet “One Day At A Time”. Isn’t it great to know that one day in heaven we can pick up where we left off and continue to honor and praise our Lord, Savior, and Almighty God ,but it want be for one day it will be for all eternity. Rest in peace until then my friend.
    Billy Bob Sanders

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