Gilma Byrd Slade

Published 8:27 pm Saturday, January 22, 2011

January 21, 2011

Gilma Byrd Slade, 83, passed away Jan. 21, 2011, at Laurels of University Park in Henrico County.

Born in Nansemond County, she was the daughter of the late Geta W. and Alvah C. Byrd.

Email newsletter signup

Gilma was predeceased by her son, Vernon W. Slade; and sister, Marguerite B. Orcutt. She was also predeceased by her former husband, William A. Slade.

Gilma was a lifelong and faithful member of Great Fork Baptist Church and worked at the Norfolk Navy Yard as a typist. She also worked at Franklin Paper Co. She started the reading program at Chorey Apartments.

She is survived by her daughters, Lee Slade White and husband, Butch, of Suffolk, Regina Slade Holt, of Richmond; grandchildren, Kelly V. Holt, Dylan Slade Holt, Jason Slade, and Shane Slade; great grandson, Shawn Holt; niece, Susan O. Russo and husband, Matty; grandniece, Marguerite Taylor; and grand nephew, John Russo and family.

A funeral will be conduct in Great Fork Baptist Church by the Rev. Dr. Donald Ray Jones on Monday, Jan. 24, at 1 p.m., with burial in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends in the R. W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory, 509 W. Washington Street, on Sunday, Jan. 23, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Condolences may be registered at