She was born Feb. 8, 1916, in Atlanta, Ga., to John K. and Evie Lela Reynolds.
She was a member of the North Cleveland Church of God.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. James L. Slay on May 13, 1988. She was also preceded in death by her parents, John K. and Evie Lela Reynolds; three brothers: J.S. Reynolds, J.K. Reynolds and Paul Reynolds; and two sisters: Pauline Morphy and Evelyn Rickerson.
She is survived by her husband, Dr. Wayne Heil, whom she married in April of 1995; two sons: James L. Slay Jr. (Rusty) and daughter-in-law, Dianne Slay of Tualatin, Ore., Dr. Jerry L. Slay and daughter-in-law, Susan Slay of Nolensville; three grandchildren: Jennifer Slay of Portland, Ore., Jason Slay and Jessica Slay, both of Nolensville; one great-granddaughter, Chelsea Slay of Nolensville; two sisters-in-law: Shirley Slay of Spanish Fort, Ala., Mamie Reynolds of Morrisville, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews. Her extended family through marriage include Wayne’s son: Duane Heil and wife, Sandy, of Noblesville, Ind.; three grandchildren: Dawn Williams and husband, Michael, of Greenville, S.C., Daronda Eakle and husband, Paul, of Knoxville, Darren Heil and wife, Elizabeth, of Fishers, Ind.; seven grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Soon after Ruby’s marriage to the Rev. James L. Slay in 1940, he accepted the pastorate of the North Cleveland Church of God in Cleveland, which became “home” for the Slays for five years. Their two sons, James (Rusty) and Jerry, were born during the Slays’ tenure in Cleveland.
During their 40 years of marriage, James and Ruby Slay with their sons served in ministerial assignments for the Church of God in California, Tennessee, North Carolina, Illinois, South Carolina, Virginia and South Africa.
The Slays returned to Cleveland in 1962. Dr. Slay was appointed to serve the Church of God World Missions Department, and Ruby was employed by the Cleveland City School system first as a classroom teacher. After five years in the classroom, she was appointed as director of the Title 1 Program. Later, she was asked by Cleveland City Schools superintendent, Dr. Ronald P. Yates, to serve as supervisor of elementary education as well as director of Title 1.
Ruby and Dr. Slay retired in 1978 and moved from Cleveland to Daphne, Ala., to be close to Linwood’s family. After Linwood’s death in 1988, she remained in Daphne. She and Wayne Heil married in 1995. In June of 2007, she and Wayne moved from Alabama to make their home at Garden Plaza of Cleveland on Keith Street.
A Celebration of Life service will be held in the Dixon Chapel of North Cleveland Church of God Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Clyne W. Buxton, the Rev. Dr. Don Aultman and the Rev. Mitchell Maloney officiating. Entombment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens with a white dove release ceremony concluding the service.
The family will receive friends Saturday, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:50 p.m., at the church prior to the service.
The family suggests memorials be made to the “Slay Endowment Fund” — Pentecostal Theological Seminary, 900 Walker St., Cleveland, TN 37311.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Heil family guestbook at www.ralphbuckner.com.
Ralph Buckner Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.