Funeral services are scheduled today for Charles J. Slay Jr., who helped construct many of Hall County’s most visible buildings.
Slay, 78, died Thursday at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.
The University of Georgia graduate left a considerable mark on Gainesville. He was responsible for numerous churches, schools, fire departments and athletic facilities, including football stadiums for East Hall, North Hall and West Hall high schools, Hunt Tower and Gainesville First United Methodist Church.
He and a construction partner also were responsible for the first building on the Lakeview Academy campus.
“He loved Hall County and North Georgia. You can’t drive within a five-mile radius in Gainesville without going by something he built,” his son, Eddie Slay, said Saturday.
He also served as president of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce.
Much of Slay’s construction work took place in the 1970s and ’80s when Hall County began growing beyond its rural roots.
Slay also remained involved as a volunteer in the community, including time as a Boy Scout leader. Much of his time and efforts went to Civitan International and Special Olympics.
“He was always a volunteer, never a politician-type,” Eddie Slay said. “There’s no way I could list all the names of the boards he was on. He was a civic leader; he really was.”
Slay, a native of Athens, served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and was a lieutenant during the Korean War.
Survivors include his wife, Marion Burgin Slay, two sons and a daughter, nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services are set for 3 p.m. today at First United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Alta Vista Cemetery. Little & Davenport Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.