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Maxwell D. Sledd (1958) Passes Away

Thursday, December 12, 2019   (0 Comments)
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Maxwell D. Sledd, 90, died on Sunday, November 24, 2019, at  his Decatur residence.  He was born June 20, 1929, in Kentucky to Henry Lee and Cora Lee Sledd.

Max graduated from Benton High School (Benton, KY), Belmont College (Nashville: BA in Foreign Languages and Bible Studies), and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary(Louisville, Master of Divinity). After pastoring four Baptist Churches in Kentucky and Tennessee, Max and his wife, Betty, served 31 Years in Nigeria as missionaries with the International Mission Board (IMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). After retirement, he served for a year as an interim pastor of his home church, Bethel Missionary Baptist Church (Gilbertsville, KY). Max was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel for his foreign missions service.

He is fondly remembered for his love of Kentucky Wildcats Basketball, his wit and his unique sense of humor.

He is preceded by his firstborn, Gary Dwain Sledd; his parents and eight siblings. Survivors include Wife Betty Jean Sanders of Decatur, AL, Son James Sledd (Annette) of Huntsville, AL, Daughters Gloria Carusi (Frank) and Nancy Spahalski  (Bernie), Daughter-In-Law Rose Marie Chessen (Garry), seven grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and Sister Nona Mae Duncan.

In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to the IMB-SBC for its Nigeria Missions work or to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.

Peck Funeral Home 

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