Family Matters

RE Todd Demeter went to be with the Lord November 7, 1996. He is survived by his wife Tobi, and children Jordan, 11; Bethany, 9; Tess, 7; Benton, 6; and Kendrick, 4.
Todd attended US Grant High School in Oklahoma City, and was the 1977 Big All-City co-player of the year. In 1979, he was the state player of the year, and was the New York Yankees' first selection in the amateur draft that year. He played 6 years in minor league baseball. He retired from baseball and worked in his father's swimming pool installation service. He obtained a degree from Oklahoma University in 1995 and started teaching special education classes when his Hodgkins Disease flared again. He received a bone-marrow transplant a year ago, and appeared to be healing from the disease. This summer, it came back with a vengeance. Earlier this year, he was ordained as a ruling elder at Grace PCA, Norman, OK. According to TE John Owen Butler, the Stated Clerk of Mid-America Presbytery, "He sustained, in my opinion, the best examination I have ever had the privilege of witnessing, for ordination. His quiet, gentle grace will be missed." Contributions may be made to the T.D. Foundation, Wildwood Community Church (his father's congregation), 1501 24th Avenue Northeast, Norman, OK 73701.
The Rev. Mr. John Burdette Slicer, Jr., was born September 29, 1917. He graduated from Roanoke College and Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA. Ordained July 30, 1944 as an evangelist by the Norfolk Presbytery, he retired as pastor of Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church of Hampton, VA, after 40 years.
Slicer served as field minister developing and establishing Parkview Presbyterian Church, Newport News, VA. He organized the Copeland Park Presbyterian Church and was the first Presbyterian clergyman on the Peninsula to hold evangelistic tent meetings.
Mr. Slicer developed a religious closed-circuit program for patients at Riverside Hospital, after which he conducted week-long crusades in Virginia and North Carolina. In 1968 he led the field work for the incorporation of the Mary Atkins Christian Day School, which became Hampton Christian School for students from kindergarten through twelfth grade. He was active in Presbytery and Synod.
In 1972 Slicer helped form a Vanguard Presbytery, a forerunner of the Presbyterian Church in America. In 1978 he led the field work for the formation of a new church in Yorktown, VA.
Slicer was licensed with the Reserve Life Insurance Company and the John Hancock Insurance Company, being recognized as Agent of the Year in 1978, 1982, and 1983. Presented with the Golden Legion 50th Year Certificate of Appreciation by Phi Kappa Phi in 1987, he was also ushered into the Honor Guard at Roanoke College in 1990. At the time of his death on July 13, 1996, he was a member of James River Presbytery.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Virginia Young Slicer; a son, John B. Slicer III and his wife Brenda; a daughter, Emily Slicer Hussell of Yorktown; a grandson, Nathaniel S. Hussell; a sister, Mary Margaret Slicer of Roanoke. Mr. Slicer lived in Hampton 51 years before moving to York County two years ago. Notes of sympathy may be sent to Mrs. Virginia Slicer, 135 Wainwrights Bend, Yorktown, VA 23692.