Jolyn Tatum Slate

August 24, 1953 ~ November 8, 2011

Jolyn Marie Tatum Slate, 58, of Lake Charles, LA died at 11:35 AM on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 in a local hospital.

Born August 24, 1953, Ms. Slate grew up in inner-city New Orleans, LA. The daughter of Vernon James Tatum Sr., a painter by trade and WWII veteran, and Ellyna Blanks Tatum, a well known singer/entertainer, Ms. Slate was the youngest of four children. She was a 1971 graduate of Joseph S. Clark High School and graduated from Grambling State University with her bachelor's degree in Mass Communications in 1974. She married shortly after college and moved to Lake Charles after the birth of her first child in 1978. Ms. Slate worked in radio marketing at Town Square Media (formerly Apex Broadcasting) for almost thirty years. She was a parishoner and Eucharistic Minister at St. Margaret Catholic Church. Ms. Slate valued the excellence acheived through Catholic education and proudly chose to send both of her children to elementary and high school in the Catholic school system. Ms. Slate was an active member and volunteer of many local clubs and organizations including the Advertising Press Club of Southwest Louisiana, Chamber Southwest Louisiana, Advertising Federation of Southwest Louisiana, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Literacy Council, Sisters Surviving Breast Cancer, Black Heritage Festival, American Cancer Society, United Way, and the Ethel Precht Breast Cancer Walk.

Ms. Slate is survived by her children, Amber Burnett and husband Faron of Orange, TX, and Elliott Slate of Lake Charles; sister, Cilleria McClendon and husband Dwight; brother, Vernon James Tatum, Jr., all of New Orleans; grandchild, Jaida Marie Burnett; and father of her children, Phillip Slate of Lake Charles.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and sister, Vernance Tatum.

Her funeral mass will be at 12:00 PM on Friday, November 11, 2011 at St. Margaret Catholic Church. Father Scott Conner will officiate. Graveside service will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at St. Louis Cemetery No. 3 in New Orleans, LA. Visitation will be at Johnson Funeral Home on Friday from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM with a Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Omega Omega service at 11:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Alumni Foundation, or Sisters Surviving Cancer Support Group or to any of the aforementioned organizations in which Ms. Slate was involved.

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  1. Amber and Elliot – I am so sorry for your loss. Jolyn was a very wonderful and caring person. She will be missed. Just know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  2. Amber and Elliot–I have so many memories of your Mom from when I worked at the mall. One of my first memories is when you were kids and we brought your dog to the mall to take a photo with Santa. The dog was not behaving and we could not stop laughing. Your Mom was a wonderful, kind and caring woman. I wish I could be there for the funeral.

  3. Amber Elliott Sorry to hear about your Mom,she fought a gallant battle. We had a lot of fun together with her when you all were at St. Louis High School. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.Your friend from St. Louis,Ms. Charlotte Lee

  4. Amber Elliott: Carl and I send our sincere condolences for the loss of your precious mother. She was a very dedicated and loyal friend to many and is surely in heaven smiling down on all of us. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. Amber, Elliott family you guys are in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless and keep you today and always. Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed, says the LORD, who has compassion on you. Isaiah 54:10

  6. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Jolyn. It was my pleasure and privilege to work with Jolyn at LA99/KLCL for 10 years. She was so much fun to be around. She was a true radio veteran! She and I had many great conversations about a wide variety of subjects, not just radio. Amber and Elliott, she was so proud of you both. Your mother was loved by many and will be greatly missed.

  7. I give my sincere condolences to the family of Jolyn Slate for your loss of your loved one. I met her in bible study at Bro. Lees house. Jolyn was a very friendly, kind and precious person and will be missed by all. Be comforted in the fact that she is no longer suffering, she was a child of God and you will some day see her again.

  8. I had the pleasure of working with Jolyn at Apex Broadcasting/GAP Broadcasting. Jolyn was a true inspiration to all who knew her. Amber and Elliot your mother was so proud of you both and was always talking about you both. I remember how proud she was when Elliott graduated high school and how excited she was planning Amber's wedding. Anytime someone mentioned one of her children she was gleam with pride. I am truly blessed to have known such an awesome person. May God comfort you and your family during this difficult time

  9. I met Jolyn about 10 years ago when I did my first Gridiron show. She was so talented and a truly special person. We had fun together! I'm so glad that Jolyn was in my life, she was a shining example of grace and gumption. Amber and Elliot, she loved you guys so much…and that grandbaby!!! She was so proud and loved so deeply. Jolyn left her mark, she made a difference and she will be missed! You will remain in my thoughts and prayers!

  10. I worked with Jolyn for many years in radio. She will be missed. My heart goes out to the family she loved so dearly.

  11. I'm so sorry, Amber Elliot. Oh, did we have some good times – and some good fights! Back in the LA99 days and since then, too. I haven't known a more generous friend. See you guys Friday. Love you.

  12. Jolyn Slate is and was a amazing women. Jolyn always smiled regardless of what and how she was feeling. I will miss Jolyn Slate but never forgotten and alwayed will be remembered! I love you RIP, my TOS member! Another angel in heaven!

  13. Jolyn was bigger than life! I will cherish those times spent together–now that seems a lifetime ago–when our boys were at St. Margaret's. I know she is in heaven, but she is not quiet! We love you, Jolyn!Elliot and Amber and family,our prayers are with you!

  14. Jolyn will be greatly missed. One thing I can say about her is that if she was given a task/project to do, it was going to get done no matter what! I smile as I think of conversations that she and I had at the radio station. She was a very honest person and I appreciate all the times that she extended a helping hand to me. She will always be considered a fighter victor in my book! Fly free Jolyn – you taught me a lot about myself and that sometimes giving up is NOT and Option! XOXO ~ Franyora

  15. My prayers and thoughts are with your family in your time of need. May God Bless you all and hold you safe in his arms.

  16. No more suffering! No more pain! Jolyn is surely enjoying life eternal having completed her mission here on earth. She was a unique light at the Jet Set! I will miss her joy, her sense of style and compassion towards anyone in need. But I know she will continue to make her loving presence known to her children, family, and friends because in Christ, she lives! Pray for us, Jolyn!

  17. We are so sorry for your loss. Jolyn was a wonderful person and she will be dearly missed.

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