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Maxwell Duaine Sledd

June 20, 1929 ~ November 24, 2019 (age 90)

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Maxwell D. Sledd, 90, died on Sunday, November 24, 2019 at   his Decatur residence.  He was born June 20, 1929, in Kentucky to Henry Lee and Cora Lee Sledd. 

Max graduated from Benton High School (Benton, KY), Belmont College (Nashville: BA in Foreign Languages and Bible Studies), and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary(Louisville, Master of Divinity). After pastoring four Baptist Churches in Kentucky and Tennessee, Max and his wife, Betty, served 31 Years in Nigeria as missionaries with the International Mission Board (IMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). After retirement, he served for a year as an interim pastor of his home church, Bethel Missionary Baptist Church (Gilbertsville, KY). Max was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel for his foreign missions service.

He is fondly remembered for his love of Kentucky Wildcats Basketball, his wit and his unique sense of humor.He is preceded by his firstborn, Gary Dwain Sledd; his parents and eight siblings.

Survivors include  

Wife -Betty Jean Sanders, Decatur, AL

One Son - James Sledd (Annette), Huntsville, AL

Two Daughters - Gloria Carusi (Frank) and Nancy Spahalski  (Bernie)

One Daughter-in-law - Rose Marie Chessen (Garry)

Seven Grandchildren

Seven Great Grandchildren

One Sister - Nona Mae Duncan

In lieu of flowers: donations would be appreciated to the IMB-SBC for their Nigeria Missions work, or to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. 


Peck Funeral Home       

1600 Hwy 31 SW

P.O. Box 427

Hartselle, AL  35640


256.773.2543 (Fax)

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Memorial Service
December 11, 2019

11:00 AM
Central Park Baptist Church, Decatur, Huntsville

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