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William Drakeford "Drake" Slay
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Birth: Mar. 21, 1950
Cherry Point
Craven County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Dec. 31, 2011
Alexandria
Fairfax County
Virginia, USA

William Drakeford Slay of Alexandria, Virginia passed away unexpectedly on December 31, 2011. He was the fiancé of Jean Clark and the former husband of the late Rosalind Jewett of Baltimore, Maryland.

Drake, as he was affectionately known to his family, friends, and colleagues, was born at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina on March 21, 1950, the son of the late Colonel Robert Duncan Slay, USMC, and Jane Mulherin Slay. He attended The American School in Dreux, France and graduated from Petersburg High School, in Petersburg, Virginia. He was an alumnus of both Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia and the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee
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In 1980, he married Rosalind Jewett. Together they had two daughters whom they brought up in McLean, Virginia. Drake was a dedicated father, always ready to lend his skills to building everything from snowmen to entire playgrounds. His love of nature shined through in the numerous trips to national and state parks that he organized for his family. He and Rosalind divorced in 1995, but he remained a very present part of his daughters' lives. His daughters remember especially fondly his keen ability to show them the humorous side of anything.

Drake began his long and distinguished career in construction and real estate development as a carpenter, which took him to several southern states and for a short time Saudi Arabia. Drake went on to become a project Manager for Asset Quality working for numerous companies, including Cort, AIMCO, and his latest position with UDR, Inc. Drake was well known as the man who always had a "Plan B" and encouraged others to have one as well.

Drake met his fiancée Jean in 1998. They traveled extensively together, and loved to play golf, cook, grill, laugh, and do the crossword puzzles together. They were planning a September 2012 wedding.

Besides his fiancée, he leaves behind his mother; two daughters; and two brothers.

The funeral service will be at Christ Episcopal Church, 4001 Franklin St in Kensington, MD on Saturday March 31 at 2 p.m. Interment immediately following the church service will be at Parklawn Memorial Park, 12800 Veirs Mill Rd in Rockville, MD. A memorial reception celebrating Drake's life will follow at Homewood Suites, 14975 Shady Grove Road in Rockville, MD.

In lieu of flowers, donations to his memory may be made to Virginia Military Institute Class of 1972 Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 932 Lexington, VA 24450. 
 
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 Parents:
  Robert Duncan Slay (1924 - 2002)
 
 Spouse:
  Rosalind Nelson Jewett (1952 - 2005)
 
Note: Cremated with Inurnment March 31, 2012
 
Burial:
Parklawn Memorial Park and Menorah Gardens
Rockville
Montgomery County
Maryland, USA
 
Created by: Liz Brown
Record added: Jan 01, 2012
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William Drakeford Drake Slay
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