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SNAP supporter dies in Decatur wreck on U.S. 31

Published 11:51am Wednesday, May 8, 2013

A man who helped build the entryway at the John Mark Stallings Special Needs Accessible Playground died in a three-vehicle crash on U.S. 31 in South Decatur on Monday.

The victim was identified by Decatur police as Robert E. “Bobby” Slack, 66. He was injured at approximately 10:52 a.m. when the car he was driving crossed the highway median and collided head-on with another car.

Bob Francis, project manager for SNAP, said the SNAP family is grieving for his loss. He learned of Slack’s death after receiving a phone call from Jack Templeton, who talked with someone in the family.

“I’m absolutely shocked,” Francis said. “My heart goes out to his family for his loss. He was a great friend and it’s a sad day for all of us.”

Francis said Slack was very instrumental in helping SNAP build the entryway to the playground, which has been completed. In fact, the organization is planning to have a ribbon cutting for the entryway on May 25.

“Robert helped us with site preparation and the construction of the entryway,” Francis said. “Robert was an outstanding man. He was compassionate.”

A spokesman for the Decatur Police Department said Slack was driving north on Hwy. 31 when his car crossed the grass median and struck a northbound car driven by William R. Stafford, 74, of Cullman. The accident occurred about one mile south of Mill Street.

County EMS transported both Slack and Stafford to Decatur Morgan Hospital where Slack was pronounced dead.

A third vehicle, which was driven by Nora Calvert, 30, of Cullman, collided with Stafford’s car from behind.

She was not injured.

Decatur police are continuing an investigation.

Services for Slack will be Thurs., May 9, at 1 p.m. at East Highland Baptist Church.

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