It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. Honorable Founder John Slade made his heavenly transition Sunday morning. May 6, 2018. His son, Bro. Kenyatta Slade, released this statement Sunday evening via John Slade's Facebook account:
"It is with great sadness and with great honor and with great pride that I announce the passing of my father and our founder John D. Slade.
He transitioned this morning after a long illness that weakened his body, but never weakened his mind or dulled his spirit. He died in the company of his loving and devoted wife Deborah Slade, whose loyalty and faith seem to have no limits. He died surrounded by the love of his family, his grandchildren and countless Iota Brothers and Sweet Hearts. He died as he lived. A champion for the 5 stars of our shield.
Arrangements are being made and will be announced shortly.
We will honor our founders by living up to their creed. We build a tradition. We do not rest on one.
Details regarding arrangements are pending. Iota Sweethearts, Inc. sends prayers and thoughts to the family, the men of Iota Phi Theta, and all those affected by this loss during this difficult time.