Sergeant First Class Richard Sligh was born November 29, 1937, in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania to the late Richard Sligh, Sr. and Doretha Sligh. He passed away March 26, 2021, in Columbia, SC, at the age of 83.
SFC Richard Sligh served his country proudly as a soldier and retired from the Department of the Army in 1987. SFC Richard Sligh served two combat tours in Vietnam and received the Bronze Medal. In addition, he was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal for meritorious achievement for serving as Chief Radio Instructor/Communications Directorate of the inauguration of President Ronald Reagan. In 1985, he was awarded the Army Achievement Medal for exceptionally meritorious achievement while serving as the Lead Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO). SFC Richard Sligh outstanding knowledge in all aspects of communications and his well-developed skills in the quick development of tactical communications systems greatly enhanced the units he served in defensive posture. After retiring from the military, he was employed by the SC Department of Correction and later retired. SFC Richard Sligh went on to establish and operate a successful construction company prior to his illness.
He is preceded in death by his sisters, Geraldine Jennings and Beatrice Sligh. He is also survived by a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and special friends: Anthony and Charlene Martin.
SFC Richard Sligh is survived by his children, Tara Vanessa Washington, Richard Fitzgerald Sligh, Rodney (Teresa) Sligh, Kenneth (Molette) Sligh and Travis Dion Sligh; former wife, Ruby Sligh; his grandchildren, Tameka Barczak, Ashley Squire, Shacora Sligh, Chastiney Ford, Kim Taylor, Keisha Sligh, Maurice Sligh, Brittany Parker, Kristee Jones, Alexander Jones, David Jones, and Richard Sligh; his sisters, Dorothy Dantzler, Annette Jackson and Minister Scharline Hart; brother, Robert Sligh; and special nephew, David Jennings.
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