Pineville, Mo., Aug. 16. -- McDonald county Sheriff Jeffe B. Slavens, 62 years old, died at 10:15 o'clock this morning at his home here. He had been in ill health for six months and during that time had been a patient at Freeman hospital at Joplin. His work had been carried on by deputies since he became ill.
Slavens, who had resided in this community for 45 years, was a well-known stockman and trader, and was serving his second term in the sheriff's office, having served previously from 1920 to 1924. He was elected to his present term in 1944. He was a republican.
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Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Beulah Slavens; a son. Felix Slavens of San Diego, Calif., and two daughters, Mrs. Maxine Hassell of Long Beach, Calif., and Mrs. Imogene Heldbrider of Jefferson City, Mo.
Funeral services wiil be conducted at 2:30 o'clock Monday afternoon at the Methodist church by the Rev. L. W. Wiles. Burial will be in the city cemetery under the direction of the Humphrey & Sons funeral home.
Pallbearers will be A. P. Smith, James Paul, J. M. Tatum, J. T. Pinnsll, W. E. Burtrum and Floyd Bone.
By virtue of his death, R. M. Humphrey, coroner, will serve as acting sheriff, pending election of a successor.
Joplin (Missouri) Globe, August 17, 1947.