Mr. Slayden retired from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers after 40 years of service and was a member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Mayfield, Ky., American Angus Association, the Illinois Angus Association and the Shawnee Beef Association.
He was also a member of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Evansville; and Bay City Lodge No. 771, AF&AM of Illinois.
Mr. Slayden was an Army veteran.
Survivors include his wife, Leah Ruth Babb Slayden of Metropolis; two daughters, Sally Ann Slayden-Berry and husband Thomas of Nashville, Tenn. and Sandra Kay Ketchledge and husband James of Conifer, Colo.; three grandchildren, Sarah Ashley Berry of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. and Garrett Phillip Ketchledge and Rachael Ann Ketchledge, both of Conifer; three sisters, his twin Vida Cole and husband Victor and Janice Bell and husband Charles, all of Symsonia, Ky., and Sammie McAllister of Kalkaska, Mich.; and one brother, Larry Slayden and wife Precy of Bossier City, La.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Raymond and Georgia Lorena Cope Slayden; two sisters, Ida Kathryn Miller and Robbie Joe Stathes; and one infant sister, Adeline Slayden.
Graveside service was held Friday at Pell Cemetery in Brookport with Bro. Rick Miller officiating. Pallbearers were Thomas Berry, James Ketchledge, Garrett Ketchledge, Darrell Miller, Dennis Cole, Bruce Bell and Jason Bell.
Memorials may be made to Massac County Youth Fair, P.O. Box 882, Metropolis, IL 62960.
Aikins-Farmer Funeral Home of Metropolis was in charge of arrangements.