Rodney McKenzie Slayton was born October 31, 1958 in Alexandria, Virginia to Leona E. Slayton and Cornelius Bernard Slayton (Deceased). Rodney was affectionately called “Mack” by family and friends. Mack attended DC Public Schools. He was baptized at an early age at the Mt. Bethel Baptist Church in Washington, DC, where he sang in the Male Chorus. Rodney was a Cub Scout, Webelos and later became a Boy Scout at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Washington, DC. He played football at McKinley Tech High School in Washington, DC.
Mack was a young man of many talents, that all came so naturally to him. He was very mechanically inclined, worked on car engines with ease. Growing up, he worked with his father as an automotive painter’s assistant. This led to his employment as a painter’s helper at Morgan’s Auto Body. His natural ability to pick-up playing the piano led him to being enrolled in taking piano lessons. He also, had the gift of playing the drums as a young boy.
Mack faced some challenges in his earlier life, but in the end God delivered him, restored him, and used him to touch the lives of many that he came in contact with. He had a story to tell. Despite the many barriers he faced, he was determined to succeed, knowing and realizing his story and testimony could help someone else on the road he traveled. His story led to an article being published in the magazine, Coalition for the Homeless success stories in 2012.
His road was rough & rocky, but as he sought God and trusted Him more & more during his trials and tribulations, windows of opportunity began to open up. Rodney was hired as a Para Transit Operator for Metro Access. He received numerous safety awards for his driving skills and daily compliments for the personal care of his passengers. He was later hired as a driver for Keany Produce Company, a wholesale produce distributor. He was very encouraging to other drivers when they were having a rough day. His smile would light up a room. His ultimate goal was to please God and he achieved his goal.
He leaves to cherish his memory, 5 children, Keisha (Melvin), Rodney, LaShawn (Steven), Anthony, and Denzel; 8 Grand-children, Tauron, Trenton, Keaton, Ashayla, Brayden, Brandon, Bryson, and Marcus; Mother, Leona E. Slayton; two sisters, Bernice(Leroy), and Sharita; three brothers, Julian(Dot), Cornelius(June), and Wayne. A Devoted Companion, Sharon Harris-Strickland. Numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Mack experienced life. He chose to walk a path that led him to mastering himself. While those of us who loved him were often left wondering, why he walked through life the way he did, we have come to realize that he was marching to a different drummer. His soul knew the beat and led him where he needed to go so that when he had completed all of the tests, God allowed him to experience, he became a witness of determination, dedication, and courage. He understood the power of prayer and trust in God. Mack was the real maverick in our family. He showed us what to do and what not to do as we watched his life choices. In the end, he showed us what sincere service is and why we must participate in life as demonstrators of pure God-like unconditional love and compassion without judgment. We learned forgiveness because he was in our family. We thank him for the lessons that will allow us to grow in grace. We will use his memory as an anchor in faith.
Funeral Arrangements: Visitation on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.; Celebration of Life at 11:00 a.m. at ZION Church, First Baptist Church of Glenarden Ministry Center, 3600 Brightseat Road, Landover, MD 20785. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Coalition for the Homeless in Memory of Rodney McKenzie Slayton.