Rock Hill – Robert Eugene Slough of Rock Hill, SC, retired Vice President of Public Relations of Springs Industries, died February 10, 2018 at Westminster Health Rehabilitation Center.  He was 86.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on February 13, 2018 at First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Rock Hill, with Dr. Barry Dagenhart and Dr. Robert Robinson officiating.  Burial will be private.  Prior to the services, the family will receive friends of Mr. Slough at 1:00 pm on February 13, 2018 in Robinson Hall at First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Rock Hill, SC.

Mr. Slough was born on September 26, 1931, son of the late James Caldwell Slough, Sr. and Mary Belle Lyerly Slough of Concord, NC.  He is survived by his wife, Sarah Culp Slough, and three children and their families: Sarah Slough Barrineau, her husband Lee Hugh Barrineau of Columbia and Sarah’s three children, John Othniel Wienges, Jr., William Trezevant Wienges, and Frances Wren Wienges; son Robert Culp Slough, his wife Lou Smith Slough of Rock Hill and Robert’s daughter, Caroline Whitley Slough; and son David Christopher Slough and his wife Rhonda Doggette Slough of Pawleys Island, SC and their children Kyle Alan Sorell and Jacob Caldwell Slough.  Mr. Slough was preceded in death by a sister and three brothers: Helen May Slough Wardley, James Caldwell Slough, Jr., John Edward Slough and William Franklin Slough, all of Concord.

A graduate of Concord High School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Journalism, Mr. Slough served a special operations unit of the United States Army.

Following military service, Mr. Slough joined the Concord Tribune in North Carolina where he worked as a reporter.  After two years, he became a reporter for The Charlotte News and later served as assistant city editor and as a political columnist for the News, covering the North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh.

After six years in the newspaper business, Mr. Slough joined the public relations department of The Springs Cotton Mills (later Springs Industries).  At Springs, he launched and directed The Springmaid Road Race, one of the premier running events in the region.  He also directed The Springs Art Show for a number of years prior to his retirement in 1996.

Mr. Slough was active in his church and community.  He was a member of and served as deacon, elder, choir member and Sunday School teacher of First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.  Mr. Slough was a former member of the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross; chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Catawba School (now Westminster Catawba Christian School); former president of the Catawba Dad’s Club; former member of the Executive Board of the South Carolina Independent School Association; former president of the Charlotte Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America; a former chairman of Personnel and Public Relations Division of the South Carolina Textile Manufacturer’s Association; and a former member of the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce.

Greene Funeral Home in Rock Hill is handling arrangements for Mr. Slough.  His family asks that those who wish to do so make contributions to First ARP Church, 201 E White St, Rock Hill, SC 29730.

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