Charles Kyle Slaughter, Jr., 92, of Daytona Beach, Florida, passed away peacefully Sunday, October 30, 2022.
C.K. Slaughter, JR.
Charles Kyle Slaughter, Jr., 92, of Daytona Beach, Florida, passed away peacefully Sunday, October 30, 2022. Known as Kyle or “C.K.,” he was born May 9, 1930, in Johnson City, Tennessee, to Charles Kyle Slaughter and Doris Evelyn Rhea Slaughter, both members of pioneer East Tennessee families. Kyle moved to Florida in 1944 when his father purchased J.B. Kahn’s menswear in downtown Daytona Beach and established his own men’s clothing store, C.K. Slaughter, Inc.
A 1948 graduate of Seabreeze High School, Kyle played the tuba and served as captain of the band his senior year. He attended Duke University where he was a member of the marching and concerts bands and Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. When the Korean War began in 1950, Kyle joined the U.S. Air Force and served as a basic training instructor for four years at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. During this time he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at Trinity University, San Antonio, Class of 1953. After leaving active duty in 1954, Kyle returned to Daytona Beach and joined his father full time in managing the family business.
Kyle’s civic activities included the Daytona Beach Advertising Federation (President, 1968), Downtown Business Association (President, 1976), Rotary Club of Daytona Beach (President, 1984), and Sons of the American Revolution (President, Daytona-Ormond Chapter, 1990).
He was also a member of the University Club of Volusia County, the Civic League of the Halifax Area, the Veterans and Businessmen’s Club, the Seabreeze-Mainland Oldtimer’s Alumni Club, the Daytona Beach Jaycees, and the Community Development Advisory Board of the City of Daytona Beach.
Kyle was named Men’s Wear Brand Names Retailer-of-the-Year by the Brand Names Foundation in 1962 and again in 1968, served on the board of directors of the Menswear Retailers of America for many years, and was a graduate of the New York University Institute of Retail Management.
He was a past board member of the Central Florida Council, Boy Scouts of America; past Halifax District Chairman, Central Florida Council; former Assistant Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 447, Ormond Beach; and a recipient of both the Silver Beaver and Saint George scouting awards.
Kyle was a member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church where he was a vestryman and senior warden and served as an usher for many years.
C.K. retired in 1998 after working for 44 years in the 54-year-old family business, C.K. Slaughter, Inc. “Famous Fashions For Men” on Beach Street in downtown Daytona Beach. In retirement he most enjoyed spending time with his family and traveling.
Kyle was predeceased by his first wife, Carolyn Carrington McGinley Slaughter in 1962; his son, Charles Kyle Slaughter III in 2000; his grandson, Charles Kyle Slaughter IV in 2011; his daughter, Catherine Anne Slaughter Browning in 2016; and his granddaughter, Wendy Ellen Slaughter Hahn in 2020.
He is survived by his son, John B. Slaughter (Laura), Mooresville, NC; daughter, Lorena E. Slaughter, Fernandina Beach; and daughter Mara E. White (Dennis), Fort Worth, TX. He is survived by 11 grandchildren: Stephen Browning (Meaghan), Casselberry; Mack Slaughter, Washington, DC; Alexis Slaughter, Columbia, SC; Katie Slaughter, Tucson, AZ; and Devyn White, Ava White, Bryan White, Clara White, Quincy White, Irene White, and Yvette White, Fort Worth, TX. He also is survived by his sister, Doris Hoch, Daytona Beach, and his former wife, Rona Elizabeth-Anne Moore Slaughter, Fernandina Beach. He also is survived by six great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Kyle’s memory to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Daytona Beach, or the Central Florida Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Apopka.
Funeral service is scheduled for 11:00am on Saturday, November 5, 2022, at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 216 Orange Avenue, Daytona Beach, FL 32114. Entombment will follow in Daytona Memorial Park, 1425 Bellevue Avenue, Daytona Beach, Florida 32114.
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Arrangements are under the careful direction of Lohman Funeral Home Daytona.