James Vernon Slaughter
Departed February 3, 2023 in Melbourne, Florida
James Vernon Slaughter was born May 8, 1942, in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. He spent most of his life in South Florida. In 2005, he moved to Live Oak, Florida, where he lived until 2022. After moving to Melbourne, Florida, Jimmy passed on February 3, 2023, after a brief hospitalization.
He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Jackie; son Jason Slaughter (Sabrina); daughters Kimberly Kirkley (Andy) and Amanda Cooper; grandchildren Brianna, Darren, Haylee, Mya, Brady, Christopher, and Alessandra; and cousin, Henry Slaughter. He was predeceased by his son Christopher Slaughter.
Jim moved to the United States when he was a young boy. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1962 to 1970 and retired from the U.S. Coast Guard in 1995 after serving 20 years in the Reserves.
He retired in 2007 from ThyssenKrupp Elevators after a long career in elevator engineering, construction and mechanics, starting with Miami Elevator in 1977.
Jim’s hobby was working on and restoring antique cars. He owned everything from a Ferrari and a Jaguar to a 1957 Chevy convertible and Nomad. His most recent classic was a 1952 Chevy Pickup truck. He was one of the founding members and a past director of Florida Gold Coast Classics, a 55-56-57 Chevrolet club in South Florida.
Jim will be greatly missed. To know him was to love him…