Mrs. Bobbye Chatman Smith-Slayton, age 85, of Villa Rica, passed away Saturday, October 9, 2021. She was born June 5, 1936 in Anniston, Alabama, the daughter of Willie Chatman and Annie Lou Douthit Chatman. She was a retired Educator with the Atlanta Public Schools (Howard, Turner and Frederick Douglas High Schools) as well as the inaugural leader of the Ga Department of Education’s Teacher Certification program and the Georgia State Director of Vocational Industrial Clubs of America.
She graduated from Morris Brown College where she received a degree in Biology in 1958 and Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University) with a Master’s degree in Biochemistry in 1963.
She was an active member of The Myra Book Club, The Cinderella’s Social Club, The Kiwanis Club, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority and Grace Lutheran Church in Carrollton, GA.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers William ‘Gig’ and Collie ‘Buddy’ Chatman. She is survived by her husband William Slayton; daughters Janis (Ernest) Pressley of Winchester, California, and Joanna ‘Lisa’ (Shaun) Williams of Concord, North Carolina; son Aubrey Smith, Sr. (Diane) of Plano, Texas; sisters Savannah ‘Louise’ Merritts of Atlanta, Georgia, Flora ‘Hazel’ Chatman of Anniston, Alabama, and Gertrude C. Davis of Atlanta, Georgia; eight grandchildren, Ronald Smith, Aubrey Smith, Jr., Gabriel Davis, Erin M. Williams, Erica M. Williams, Elise M. Williams, Kennedy A. Moore and Kendall ‘Aden’ Moore; three great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
The family will receive friends from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on Monday, October 18 at Tabernacle Baptist Church 150 Tabernacle Drive Carrollton, GA 30117 with the service beginning at 11:00 am; Minister Dennis O. Mims officiating. Immediately following the service, a processional will travel to Grace Lutheran Church 101 Somerset Place Carrollton, GA 30116 for the committal.
Messages of condolences may be sent to the family at theBobbyeSlaytonfamily@gmail.com
In lieu of flowers and food, contributions may be sent to Morris Brown College and/or Clark Atlanta University in her name.
As a family, we request that only fully vaccinated and masked people visit or show up at any in person activities.
Jones-Wynn Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services of Villa Rica in charge of arrangements. 770-459-3694
May He wrap you in His arms and carry the family through this difficult challenge. I can see her now…giving orders to everyone. May you rest in peace my colleague and friend (Morris Brown College and Frederick Douglass High School).
….one of my favorite high school Science teachers (Turner & Douglass)…one of my family’s favorite people…..may the angels receive Bobbye with love and kindness; she goes to meet those who preceded her to paradise…that special group of teachers that left lasting memories with her students! As she and my mother were VERY CLOSE, they are now reunited in the heavenly classroom!! Be at peace, Bobbye…we love you always!
Sending our prayers and thoughts with the family. We will miss you, our sweet friend. Wellstar Douglas Outpatient lab team.
To Janis and Lisa, you have my deepest sympathies. Your Mom was the best and I will miss her! Carl Pearson
Rest In Peace! Complementing a life well lived! Ellen Rhyne Bailey Morris Brown College’58
My condolences to the family, may God bless and keep the family close to him.
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