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Nevin Sledge

February 6, 1921 — October 13, 2023


Nevin Sledge


Throughout his remarkable life, Nevin excelled in various fields and made a lasting impact on those around him. He dedicated himself to multiple endeavors and left an indelible mark on the automotive industry, politics, and agriculture.

Nevin's career spanned several decades as the owner of Cleveland Motor Co., later becoming Sledge Chevrolet Oldsmobile.  For an impressive 36 years, he poured his heart and soul into this business, earning the respect and admiration of both employees and customers alike. His dedication to excellence paved the way for the success and longevity of the company.  He was active in State and National automotive organizations and was even chosen as the Time magazine quality dealer award. 

In addition to his accomplishments as a businessman, Nevin served as a senator for nine years. His passion for public service led him to advocate tirelessly for the rights and well-being of his constituents. Nevin's leadership and integrity garnered widespread recognition during his tenure as a senator.

Not one to be confined to a single profession, Nevin also embraced farming as a hobby for 22 years. His deep connection to the land allowed him to cultivate not only hundreds of fruit trees but also strong bonds with fellow farmers in the community. Nevin's commitment to sustainable farming practices served as an inspiration to many aspiring agriculturists.

Nevin was a lifelong learner who treasured education. He graduated from Cleveland High School before attending Culver Military Academy and Delta State Teachers College. These formative years instilled in him a thirst for knowledge that he carried throughout his life.

Before delving into his professional pursuits, Nevin proudly served his country during World War II. In 1942, he entered military service as a naval aviation cadet and rose through the ranks with great distinction. Nevin's exceptional leadership qualities were recognized when he was appointed a cadet officer at every base at which he served. Notably, he led an impressive regiment of 3,300 cadets as the regimental commander in front of President Roosevelt and the President of Mexico. In 1943, he received his gold wings and was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the Marines, before eventually becoming captain and flying numerous missions in the Pacific theater.

Beyond his professional accomplishments, Nevin actively engaged in community service. He joined the Cleveland Exchange Club in 1946 and served as president in 1952. His dedication to uplifting his community continued as he became president of the Chamber of Commerce in 1958. Nevin's commitment to service extended throughout his life, evident through his lifelong membership in organizations such as VFW, American Legion, Exchange Club, and his role as Charity Ball King in 1993.

Nevin was a man who held family close to his heart. He is survived by his son Wilson Sledge and wife Peggy, daughter Melissa Sledge Osborne and husband Ron, nine grandchildren, and seventeen great grandchildren. He also leaves behind fond memories cherished by many, including those of his late wife Brenda Wilson Sledge, son Thomas Nevin Sledge, and daughter LuAnne Sledge Pratt. Nevin's love and devotion to his family were unwavering and brought immeasurable joy into their lives.

Friends and family will be invited to pay their respects during visitation services on October 19, 2023, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Ray Funeral Home located at 206 Bishop Rd, Cleveland, MS 38732. A celebration of Nevin's remarkable life will follow on October 20th at First Presbyterian Church at 11:00 AM (1100 Hwy 8, Cleveland, MS 38732).

Nevin Sledge was a man of integrity, compassion, and dedication. His enduring legacy will be remembered as a source of inspiration for generations to come. As we bid farewell to an incredible individual, let us celebrate the extraordinary life he lived and the profound impact he had on all those fortunate enough to know him. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

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Past Services


Thursday, October 19, 2023

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

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Celebration of Life

Friday, October 20, 2023

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

First Presbyterian Church

1100 Hwy 8, Cleveland, MS 38732

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Graveside Service honoring Mr. Sledge

Friday, October 20, 2023

12:00 - 1:00 pm (Central time)

New Cleveland Cemetery

N Bayou Rd, Cleveland, MS 38732

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