Carroll Miller Sledge, 81, died Jan. 7, 2021, at Piedmont Columbus Regional Hospital. His death was not related to COVID-19.
No funeral is scheduled at this time.
Mr. Sledge was born Jan. 5, 1940, in Winchester, Ky. He was a retired U.S. Army Sergeant First Class.
In 1959 Mr. Sledge graduated from Winchester High School, where he was a varsity football letterman. After graduation, he joined the Army and served more than 20 years.
While stationed in Germany, Mr. Sledge enrolled in the University of Maryland. After retirement, he continued his education, and earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Columbus State University. That was in 1985, and the school’s name was still Columbus College. For the record, he never liked the name change.
After graduation, he worked for Fort Benning Civil Service, and as a substitute teacher.
Mr. Sledge loved his family, and will be remembered for his kindness and forgiving nature. He was a loyal friend, who had a heart that was easily broken by the mistreatment of children and animals.
He enjoyed good cigars, thick steaks, and top-shelf bourbon.
One of his biggest regrets was letting an original Honus Wagner baseball card get away from him.
The Sledge grandsons will miss the Saturday pancake breakfasts Papa coached them through cooking. The rest of the family will miss at least two of his specialties: fried green tomatoes and chili dogs (accent on the chili). His wife will also have to learn to make her own coffee.
Mr. Sledge was preceded in death by his mother, Ernestine Singleton. His survivors include Kaffie Sledge, his wife of nearly 52 years. Also two sons, Kanem (Pamela) Sledge and Kegan (Sylvia) Sledge; four grandsons, Kaden Sledge, Liam Sledge, Gavin Sledge and Roman Sledge, all of Columbus; and a sister, Anna Hawkins of Chicago.
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