Annabel Headley Slay, 90, of Crystal Springs, died Monday, December 30, 2013, at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.
Visitation will be Thursday, January 2, 2014, from 12 Noon until 2:00 p.m. at the Stringer Family Funeral Home in Crystal Springs, with a graveside service directly following at Harmony Cemetery. Stringer Family Funeral Home in Crystal Springs is handling arrangements.
“Miss Annabel” was born on January 16, 1923, at Huntley Plantation in Jefferson County, to the late Frank Lewis and Anna Hunt Headley. She grew up in the small community of Port Gibson and graduated from Port Gibson High School.Shortly thereafter, she began a new job at Camp Shelby inducting young men and women into the armed services. Later in her career, she went to work for the Veterans’ Administration in Jackson, and continued providing support and services to veterans until her retirement. She was a proud American and a true patriot who always recognized the sacrifice and service of veterans and their families and loved ones.
In 1941, she met Melvin Floyd Slay, Jr. They later married and had one daughter, Suzanne Slay who was born at Maxwell Field, Montgomery, AL, where her father was a flight instructor in the U.S. Air Force. After WWII, they moved to Jackson. After they retired, they moved to his family home place in Crystal Springs where they spent their final years enjoying time with each other and their family and friends.
Survivors include: her daughter, Suzanne Slay Smith (Dave); four granddaughters, Kimberly Anne Hancock (Jim), Amy Lynne McKay (Bill), Anna Katherine Lowery (Shannon), and Sandra Lee Wren (Tom); and eight great-grandchildren, Jamie Hancock, Sam Hancock, Lauren McKay, Megan McKay, Kendall Lowery, Karson Lowery, Chalon Wren and Holden Wren; a brother, Mott Roland Headley.
“Miss Annabel” loved life and enjoyed the enthusiasm and wonder of children. In honor of the wonderful and loving care she received from the staff of UMC and Gentiva Hospice, memorials may be made to the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children by visiting https://secureforms.umc.edu/forms/childrensdonations.aspx.