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Eldon Eugene Slaughter, 85, of Greenwich, Conn., died Friday, July 18, 2008, at the Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich, Conn.
Eldon was born July 26, 1922 in Richmond, the son of William Arthur Slaughter and Frances Slaughter Alnutt. He married Mary Frances Brown of Kingston, in March of 1945; she preceded him in death on June 17, 2008.
Eldon was a 1940 graduate of Richmond High School. He began his engineering degree at the University of Missouri in Columbia, where he served in the cavalry ROTC. Eldon served as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army during World War II on duty in the Philippines, and spent a year in the Army of Occupation in Japan after the war, dismantling the kamikaze plane manufacturing plant. After returning from the Army, Eldon resumed his studies in electrical engineering at the University of Missouri, graduating in 1948. Eldon and Mary Frances moved to Kansas City where he began his engineering with Great Lakes Pipeline Company. In 1953, he began working for TransWorld Airlines. When he was promoted as the Director of Facilities Planning for TWA in New York City, he and Mary Frances moved their family to Greenwich, Conn. in 1964. He retired from TWA in 1977. During retirement, Eldon worked on many inventions and had numerous patents, including The New Concept Engine featured in the May 1990 issue of Automobile Magazine.
Survivors include: one son, James Arthur Slaughter of Kent, Conn.; one daughter, Marcia Slaughter Woodcock of Smyrna, Tenn.; one brother, William Arthur Slaughter of Lee’s Summit; four grandchildren, Dewitt Taylor Kennard, IV and Bradley Alexander Kennard of Nashville, Tenn., Evan Jeffrey and Alison Lee Slaughter of Kent, Conn.; and numerous cousins, nephews and nieces.
In addition to his parents and wife, his grandparents, John M. and Sarah Jane Martin Kraus and Samuel and Mae McAfee Slaughter; one sister and brother-in-law, Maxine Slaughter and Lowman Graddy, preceded him in death.
Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., Friday, Aug. 1, at the Thurman Funeral Home in Richmond. Memorial services will immediately follow the visitation at 11 a.m., at the funeral home. Inurnment will be at Sunny Slope Cemetery in Richmond.
Arrangements are under the direction of Thurman Funeral Home in Richmond.
Georgia I. Armstrong, 94, of Lawson, passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2008, at Liberty Hospital in Liberty.
Georgia was born Dec. 20, 1913, in Gallatin, the daughter of John Payne and Bessie D. (Vorhees) Rogers. She married Cecil F. Armstrong Sept. 23, 1936 in Joplin; he preceded her in death.
Mrs. Armstrong moved to Lawson in 1994 from Cape Fair. She retired in 1976 from St. Mary’s Hospital.
Survivors include: two sons and daughters-in-law, William Armstrong and his wife, Linda, of Lawson, and Richard Armstrong and his wife, Cathy, of North Kansas City; three grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
In addition to her husband, Cecil, her parents and two sisters, preceded her in death.
Cremation. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, July 24, at Polley Funeral Home in Lawson. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Friday July 25, at the funeral home.
Arrangements are under the direction of Polley Funeral Home in Lawson. Online condolences may be left at www.polleyfuneralhome.com.