Lethel Frank Slatton, 86, of Hot Springs, formerly of Benton, died Dec. 31, 2012. He was born in Murfreesboro on Nov. 7, 1926, to Benjamin Frank and Lesta Lala Slatton.
Frank was an educator who spent 35 years in Arkansas schools. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Hot Springs and a member of Doug and Patsy Ervinâ€™s Sunday School Class.
Upon graduating from Delight High School, Frank enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served at the end of World War II with his friend and future brother-in-law, Raymond Shepherd, in the Philippine Islands. They were there when the islands were liberated. Frank then attended Henderson State Teachers College with his good friend and future brother-in-law, James Jones, where he graduated in 1951.
He then began his career as a teacher, coach, principal, superintendent and with the State Department of Education. He served schools in Hempstead, Union and Saline counties, retiring as principal of Ringgold Elementary School after 14 years.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Stacy Ellison; two brothers, Foster and Grice Slatton; and two sisters, Juanita Gorum and Clyda Jackson.
Frank is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary Kathryn "Kitty" Slatton; a son, Bradley Frank Slatton and wife Donna of Briscoe, Texas; and a son-in-law, Jerry Ellison of Abilene, Texas; granddaughters, Hannah Kathryn Ellison, Cassie Tester and husband Jamie, Kristian Tester and husband Troy, Lauren and Drew Ellison; a grandson, Eric Slatton and wife Heather; great-grandchildren, James Tester and Aspen Slatton; a brother, Lyman Slatton and wife Joy Rhea of Delight; a sister, Joy Mae Brock of Murfreesboro; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at First Baptist Church Hot Springs with the Rev. John McCallum officiating. Burial will follow at Hartâ€™s Chapel Cemetery south of Arkadelphia.
Pallbearers include Guy Collins, George Collins, Mike Harbor, Morton Wheatley, Jerry Johnson, Ed Buford and Harold Humphrey. Honorary pallbearers include members of the Doug and Patsy Ervin Sunday School Class and members of the senior golf group at Essex Golf Course.
Visitation is set from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home. Memorial donations may be made to the building fund of First Baptist Church of Hot Springs.
Online guest book: www.caruth-hale.com.
Family comments: The family wishes to thank Dr. William Wright and the doctors, nurses and friends at the Hot Springs Kidney Dialysis Center.