Kay Slayden was born in Lyons, Ga on December 1, 1934 to parents Herbert and Marion Slayden. He was married to wife Nancy, who pre-deceased him, for 64 years. He is survived by two sons, Kevin and Steve, daughters-in-law Nancy and Tiffany, brother Herbert, sisters Martha and Janice, and seven grandchildren (Kevin, Jr., Spenser, Stewart, Sophie, Lucas, Lila, and Stephen).
Kay led an admirable life as a star athlete, a wonderful husband and father, and distinguished businessman. He earned
All State honors in football, basketball, and baseball while in high school in Columbus, Ga. and started at center for 4 years on the Auburn University basketball team.
Following military service as an Air Force officer in Korea, Kay worked as an engineer in the 1960's space program and race to reach the moon. He went on to serve as CEO of the Fortune 500 conglomerate Fuqua Industries. Later in his career, PGA Tour Commissioner Deane Beman asked Kay to start the Tour's highly successful marketing division.
Golf was a central feature of Kay's life. He taught both sons to play with Kevin playing at Princeton University and Steve qualifying for multiple USGA championships after two years as a QB in the NFL. His golf legacy continues with his 4 grandchildren in Ponte Vedra who all play well (Kevin, Jr., Spenser, and Stewart all earning college golf scholarships and Lucas a highly ranked junior).
Despite Kay's many accomplishments, we will remember him most as a caring husband, father, brother, and grandfather.