Henry Lamar Slocumb, Jr. was born in Macon, GA July 11, 1931, to the late Eleanor Benton and Henry Lamar Slocumb, Sr. He was called home to be with his heavenly Father July 14, 2020. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 17, 2020 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery, Rivoli Road with Rev. Brian Moore officiating. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic there will not be a formal visitation.
Henry graduated with honors from Lanier High School, and was second in his class at Georgia Tech. He graduated from Georgia State after serving 8 years in the U.S. Marines 3rd Division. Mr. Slocumb proudly served his country on the front lines during the Korean Conflict for almost 3 years returning to the states for the remaining 5 years.
The Slocumbs lived in Valdosta for a number of years where he was employed as a draftsman with a local architectural firm, before moving back to Macon in 1979. Henry was a very respected Assistant Director and Interim Director of Inspections and Fees for the City of Macon until his retirement in 1996.
Henry was blessed with the gift of making people feel welcome and he never met a stranger. He served as welcome host at Mr. Zion Baptist Church for many years where he was a member, and had attended New Providence Baptist Church for several years. Many have been recipients of Henry’s birdhouses, feeders and trivets that he crafted. In later years he created Biblical scenes using God’s simple oyster shells all made to perfection.
He and his wife, Annette Ross Slocumb resided in Forsyth, GA. Also surviving are children, Rev. Howard B. Slocumb (Dawn), Homerville; Catherine S. Moore (Stuart), Valdosta; Shannon D. Ketchie (Pam), Charlotte, NC; Lisa K. Shelnutt (Doug) Dahlonega; grandchildren, David Moore (Ashley), Stephen Moore, Wesley Shelnutt (Liz), Joseph Shelnutt (Andrea), Melissa Beggs (Tyler) and Madison Ketchie; and nine great grandchildren.
Monroe County Memorial Chapel has charge of arrangements.