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Kelvin Douglas Sluder

November 9, 1965 ~ February 9, 2019 (age 53)

Kelvin Douglas Sluder age 53, of Candler, died Saturday, February 9 th , 2019.


He was born November 9 th , 1965, to Patsy Ray and Douglas Sluder. Kelvin was a graduate of Enka High School class of 1984. He received his Associates degree from Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College.


After graduating from AB-Tech, Kelvin worked from Schwitzer as a machinist for ten years. In 1997, he and his wife of 28 years, Carolyn Sprinkle-Bagby, opened their family business: Sluder & Sons’ Excavation. He was a proud owner and always worked to his best ability. Through owning the company, he was able to teach his sons the work ethic and trade that he held so dear. His work expanded in 2004 when he started paving with his family, Ray’s Paving. At that point, the business took a new name: Sluder & Sons’ Excavation and Paving. In 2012, after long consideration and a difficult economic time, Kelvin and Carolyn decided to sell the company. Kelvin then moved to Greenville, North Carolina and began working for Buchanan and Sons Inc as a heavy equipment operator. He worked his way up until he decided to return to Asheville once again. Kelvin started to drive buses for the city of Asheville. After a couple years, he eventually grew tired of driving the routes and reached out to Buchanan and Sons once again to work in the local area. He worked for BSI until his death as a heavy equipment operator and Forman of a crew for the company. Kelvin had one main goal in life and that was to work hard. He showed commitment and dedication to everything he put his hand to and always put forth his best effort.


Kelvin was survived by his two sons, Bryant Colby Sluder and Christian Edward Sluder; his loving sister Jennifer Denise Sluder and half-sister Candace and husband David Neal,nephew Cameron Walker Sluder; and mother Patsy Ray and father Douglas Sluder. Kelvin is also survived by his wife of one year, Carla Messer. He had one grandchild biologically, Rylee Jameson Sluder, and two by marriage, Ava Warren and Atlas Lowery. 

The funeral service will be held at Browns View Methodist Church in Candler, where many of Kelvin relatives have gone to church as well as been laid to rest. The service will be February the 27 th , 2019. The viewing will begin at 12 p.m. and the service will start at 2 p.m. Please join the family in remembering this amazing son, brother, father, husband, and grandfather.

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