[tabi] Re: Johnnie Slaton - A True Advocate

  • From: "Norine Labitzke" <norine@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:41:47 -0400

I am so sad and heartbroken to hear this. Johnnie recently helped me obtain
needed equipment to continue my work at Children's Medical Services.  She
was wonderful to work with, and more importantly a great and compassionate
human being.  I will always be thankful  for getting to know her briefly as
we worked together over these  past few months.  I too will miss her and
know our community has lost a wonderful advocate.  Norine



From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Sila Miller
Sent: Thursday, October 30, 2014 8:31 PM
To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [tabi] Johnnie Slaton - A True Advocate 


Good evening All,


It is with a heavy heart that I relay the sad news of Johnnie Slaton's
untimely passing. This is not only a great loss for Tallahassee and her
citizens who are blind but for the local chapter of the National Federation
of the Blind (NFB).


Johnnie apparently passed away in the early morning hours today. She had
suffered several strokes, one of which was responsible for the loss of her
eye sight. She was feeling poorly yesterday but in true "Johnnie fashion"
was putting off going to Urgent Care until she completed tying up some loose
ends. She left an enthusiastic voicemail for a co-worker-shortly before the
time of her death-excited that she'd acquired some needed equipment and
happy about how much it was going to help in accomplishing yet more work.


Johnnie was one of the most sincere and committed people I know. She was
passionate in her quest to bring about equality and level the playing field
for people who are blind/visually impaired. She supported not only NFB but
reached out a hand of friendship, cooperation and support to Tallahassee
Council of the Blind. She had no time to waste and seized every opportunity
to advocate, educate and build relationships to further the cause of making
life better for people without eye sight. 


I have yet to come to terms with the void she's left. To say she will be
missed doesn't touch how deep this loss is. I cannot imagine how grieved her
loved ones are. I just talked to her and am glad for every conversation, for
every event we worked together and for the friendship we forged. God rest
you, advocate, friend, crusader, lady, caring human, over-comer, Johnnie.
You were an example to all and your memory will live on.


With sympathy for us all and in highest regard for Johnnie, I end with what
she loved to say, "Bravo!" for the work you did while here on this earth.
"Bravo!" for the rich legacy/example you've left us with.


God rest you and comfort your family and friends,




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