In Memory of

James C. Slavens

March 16, 1970 - June 7, 2022


James C Slavens, 52, of Lee’s Summit, MO, passed away from an accident on June 7, 2022. He left behind his wife Shelley, daughter Laura and son James Jr.
Born at Okinawa, Japan, on March 16, 1970, James was devoted to the military. James served 6 years as a nuclear mechanic on the USS Arkansas during Desert Storm. After his honorable discharge, James attended Park University
where he graduated with a master’s degree in education. At the time of his death, James was employed with the Grandview C-4 School District at the Martin City Middle School.
This is the biography that James wrote for the school district:
   I have been teaching American History at Martin City Middle for over 14 years now. I started teaching after an  extended service in the US Navy. I wanted to share my excitement for different cultures and customs through a
   classroom examination of our shared human experience. I am passionate about being American.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, at Langsford Funeral Home, 115 SW 3rd St, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063.
Services will be held on Thursday, June 16, 2022, at 10:00 AM, at Our Lady of the Presentation Catholic Church, 130 NW Murray Road, Lee’s Summit, MO 64081. A graveside service will be at 2:00 PM, Thursday, June 16, 2022 at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery, 20109 Business MO-13, Higgensville, MO 64037.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Shriners Hospital or contributions may be made to Langsford Funeral Home to assist with funeral expenses.


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Our hearts are hurting for your family. James was such a good person and the love for his family was evident in all he did. We are praying that you all find some comfort in knowing that he is at peace with our Lord and Savior and will continue to keep you all in our prayers.

My deepest sympathy to the family. Mr. Slavens did broaden the students’ views to various cultures and countries. He influenced my grandson’s interest in the world. Colten would often talk about his class at dinner. I know the loss for the students and school will be great, but nothing compared to the family’s. Your husband and father did make a difference in children’s lives. I will be praying for your family, that God will comfort and watch over you as you grieve the loss of your loved one.

Mr. Slavens was not only an amazing man but an amazing teacher. If not for him I’m not sure where I would be at in my life today. Because of Mr. Slavens I have made life long friends and now proudly have a family of my own. He encouraged me as a student and as an individual to be the best version of myself and that my circumstance didnt have to define me.
Thank you Mr. Slavens for always seeing me and believing in me but also for expecting more from me because you saw all of my potential. Thank you for having an impact on my life as well as all of the other students you have taught over the years. You will be greatly missed. My condolences to his family I hope that you all find your oven version of peace.

So very sorry about the untimely loss of James. James was the first parent I met at Meet the Teacher Night when our sons were starting kindergarten in the same classroom. So friendly and his smile was comforting to this nervous, excited mom sending her only baby to school for the first time. Over the years, at school activities and birthday parties-I admired James and Shelley most for their devotion to their children and family. They sure had a lot of fun together, sprinkled with life lessons and good values.
Prayers for peace as those left behind grieve and treasure the memories made.

We all will miss James. He was a great friend and father. I would not be where I am today without his guidance. You will be missed buddy.

We were so terribly sorry to learn of the loss of James. I know you felt it was a long time for you to find each other but I hope the good memories will be of comfort to you all. Know you are in our hearts and prayers at this difficult time. We will be thinking about you all. God Bless and we know that James will continue to look over you next to the heavenly father and be in your hearts forever. I am so sorry I will not be at the services. I am in SLC helping my parents move into assisted living. Please know you will be in my thoughts and prayers and you celebrate his life. Reading the messages from the parents below and friends and family he was clearly a wonderful man and I know you all will miss him so much. He will be forever with you in your hearts. Hugs and God Bless
Kim and Alan Fremont

I am so sorry Shelley! Sounds like he was an amazing man. I will be praying for God’s peace and comfort for you and your family!

Our family is brokenhearted over the loss of our nephew, James. He was smart, and determined and had a great smile! He will be missed by all that knew and loved him.

Dear Shelley, James Jr. and Laura:

Our family is saddened and grieved by your loss. We are lifting you all up in prayer for God’s strength and grace as you grieve and process James . You are in our daily thoughts and prayers as is James. I enjoyed my time visiting with James during various scouting events and activities, and I valued commitment to scouting, family and your faith. Consider us and me a resource if we can ever be of assistance to anyone of you.

In Sympathy and Prayer,

The Starners

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May you and your family find comfort in your faith. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Shelley, there aren’t words to express how sorry I am. So just know that you are in my thoughts, heart, and prayers.


Wednesday, June 15, 2022
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Langsford Funeral Home
115 SW 3rd St
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063


Thursday, June 16, 2022
10:00 AM
Our Lady of the Presentation Catholic Church
130 NW Murray Road
Lee's Summit, MO 64081