William Kenneth Slate, 94 of Springfield, passed away on Saturday July 17, 2021, at his home.

Mr. Slate was born August 5, 1926, in Red Boiling Springs to the late Dudley Cordell and Myrtle Newberry Slate. He was a WWII veteran, having served in the U.S. Army. Mr. Slate was a retired plumber and was a longtime member of Hillcrest Church of Christ. He loved anything that allowed him to be outdoors, especially camping, fishing, and boating, and he was always finding something that needed repairing or sprucing up a touch.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers: Glendle and Charlie Slate, and by his son-in-law: Randy Berry.

Mr. Slate is survived by his wife of 74 years, Jean Roberts Slate of Springfield, by his daughters and sons-in-law: Jean Berry of Springfield, Shirley Irene and John McDougal of Greenbrier, Bonita and Stan Lillie of Huntsville, AL, by his son and daughter-in-law: Philip and Diana Slate of Springfield, by his grandchildren: Elizabeth Smith, John McDougal, Jr., Jason McDougal, Toby Slate, Tabitha Carter, Jana Barrier, Amanda Miller, Ryan Berry, and Jayme Berry, and by his 13 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.

Graveside services will be conducted Thursday July 22 at 11:00 a.m. in the Spring Hill Cemetery on Gallatin Rd. in Nashville with Brother Marvin Crouch and Brother Johnny Trail officiating. Pallbearers will be Toby Slate, Dakota Slate, Ty Slate, Tuff Slate, Cody Smith, Andrew Smith, Phillip Jason McDougal, and John McDougal, Jr. There will be no public visitation prior to the graveside service on Thursday.

If so desired, memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Slate’s memory to Liberte Ministries, Potter Children’s Home, or Hillcrest Church of Christ. All donations can be sent c/o Robertson County Funeral Home.

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