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GREGORY SLAPPY

August 4, 1953 February 5, 2014
GREGORY SLAPPY
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Gregory Slappy was born on August 4, 1953 to the late Roland E, Slappy, Sr. and Joretha Griffey. Gregory received his education in the Philadelphia Public School system where he graduated from Germantown High School. He continued his education at Widener University. before enlisting in the United States Army in 1972. With pride and honor he served his country for 24 years, retiring with the rank of Master Sergeant in 1996. During his tenure in the US Army, Gregory received many honors and distinctions; among these were Meritorious Service, Army Commendation, Army Achievement, Army Good Conduct, National Defense Service, Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and Marksmanship Badge. After his retirement he was employed with Giant Food, Inc. and Discovery Communications.

It was while serving his country, that he met his soul mate, Carolyn Jones. They were united in marriage August 29, 1987. From that union, they were blessed with two beautiful daughters Chassi and Sydney.

Gregory was called home on February 5, 2014. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Breon a Merelus, a sister, Sharon R. Lewis and a brother, Jerome Slappy.

Although Gregory enjoyed his career in the Army, he found that his true love was in service to others in the community. On any given day he could be found mentoring young and old men in every aspect of life, education, endeavors and loving Christ. Gregory's community involvement included Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Concerned Black Men of Calvert County, School Success, and mentoring youth throughout the community. He was avid in giving back to those in the community. He was a devoted member of Wards Memorial United Methodist Church, where he was the Finance Chairperson. He took this position with the same vigor and dedication he embraced any assignment appointed to him. He always tried to make things better and focused on the positive.

Gregory was very caring, thoughtful and compassionate. He was a loyal and dedicated husband, father and a good friend to so many. His sense of humor made him a joy to be around. He was such a gracious host and would go above and beyond to ensure that his guests were comfortable and well fed. He was a master griller and was famous for his ribs. He was very passionate about the time he dedicated to others. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and building traditions. He also enjoyed reading, especially history, visiting museums, taking family trips and quiet times at home. He enjoyed being the knight and shining armor to his daughters and to anyone else who required his help. Upon entering a room, you immediately were met with a beautiful quiet smile, then a raucous laugh, that would engulf the entire room and later everyone would be in laughter. Gregory did as much good as he could to as many people as he could and as often as he could. His spirit will live on ...

The memories of Gregory will be cherished by his loving wife Carolyn; four daughters and one son in law, Sabrina Slappy, Martina Cryar (Gregory), Chassi Slappy and Sydney Slappy; mother, Joretha Griffey, Pop-Pop Charles Griffey; two sisters, Brenda Stovall and Pamela Jackson; one brother, Roland Slappy; three grandchildren, Kalim Jackson, Gregory B. Slappy and Gia F. Cryar; mother-in-law, Avolia D. Jones; two sis┬Čters-in-law, Queenie Slappy and Carlene Sollers; six brothers-in-law, George Stovall, Carlton Jones, Halston Jones, Emory Jones, Rodney Jones and Keith Jones; five aunts, Novina Mann, Ethel Pierce, Jean Poindexter, Roberta Garrison and Elaine Daniels; two uncles, Thomas McGlawn and Reuben Garrison; one great uncles, Elijah McLendon; goddaughter Alaya N. Harris; special friends, Sherman and Marvel Wills, Janine Brooks and Vanessa and Todd Harrod. Gregory also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other special friends; mentees, Royce Patterson, Tyler Brooks and Darius Jones and a loving church family.

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Visitation

Tuesday

18

Feb

10:00 AM 2/18/2014 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 2/18/2014 11:00:00 AM
Ward's Memorial United Methodist Church

2265 Wards Chapel Road
Owings, MD 20736

Ward's Memorial United Methodist Church
2265 Wards Chapel Road Owings 20736 MD
United States

Service

Tuesday

18

Feb

11:00 AM 2/18/2014 11:00:00 AM
Ward's Memorial United Methodist Church

2265 Wards Chapel Road
Owings, MD 20736

Ward's Memorial United Methodist Church
2265 Wards Chapel Road Owings 20736 MD
United States

Cemetery Details

Tuesday

18

Feb

2:30 PM 2/18/2014 2:30:00 PM
Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery

11301 Crain Highway
Cheltenham, MD 20623

Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery
11301 Crain Highway Cheltenham 20623 MD
United States
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