Dr. G. Everett Slavens, 85, Professor Emeritus of History at Ouachita Baptist University, passed away on May 15, 2017 in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where he has lived since 2010 at the Golden Mesa Center.
He was born October 3, 1931 in Kansas City Kansas. He graduated from Fredericktown (MO) High School in 1950 and attended Southeast Missouri State College for two years, transferring to the University of Missouri, Columbia, where he received his B.A., M.A., and PhD degrees in History. He taught at the School of the Ozarks in Branson, Missouri and began a 36 year teaching career at Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas in 1961, where he was Chairman of the History
Department and Social Sciences Division. He retired in 1997.
Dr. Slavens was a dedicated teacher and mentor for many students and young colleagues throughout his career and maintained lifelong relationships with them.
During his career, he participated in NEH Summer Seminars at Vanderbilt University, Yale, and the University of California, Berkeley, and was chosen for another seminar in South Africa, where he was fortunate to meet President Nelson Mandela.
Following his retirement, he moved to The Woodlands Texas, where he participated in volunteer programs with The Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church in Mexico and Zambia. He also volunteered in programs in prisons and nursing homes. He was an active member of the Care Team, devoting himself to AIDS and Alzheimer’s groups.
Everett was an eternal optimist, caregiver, and a devoted fan of the St. Louis Cardinals. He served as an elder in the Presbyterian Churches where he lived and as a delegate to the General Assembly.
He was extremely proud of his children, Margaret (Rob) Evans, Rebecca Bowen, and Douglas (Carol) Slavens; his grandchildren, Neil (Whitney) Evans, Kyle (Perri) Evans, Lauren Slavens, Jacob Marquez, and Rachael and Matthew Bowen; his great-granddaughters, Ava and Kate Evans.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Mildred (Welty) Slavens.
He is also survived by his three sisters, Beverly (Donald) Shockley, Marjorie Slavens, and Carol Johns; three nieces, one nephew and their families.
Services will be held June 3 at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Arkadelphia, AR and June 10th at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, Las Cruces, NM.
In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made to Mesilla Valley Hospice, Las Cruces, N.M. or to the Ouachita Baptist University Cornerstone Fund.