James I. “Jim” Slavens, 71, of New Bedford, Massachusetts, died Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, at St. Luke’s Hospital. 

He was the husband of Karen S. (Roe) Slavens and son of the late Clyde and Mary (Mitchell) Slavens.

Born in Crawfordsville, Jim’s profession as an insurance executive took him to several states including Illinois, Minnesota, New York and Missouri finally settling in Massachusetts in 1994.

He was based in New York at the time of the 9/11 tragedy and personally handled numerous significant losses arising from the attack. Also close to his heart was the loss of many dear friends present at the World Trade Center on the day of the attack. 

Jim graduated from New Market High School in Indiana where he was a member of the Purple Flyers Basketball team. His many accomplishments on the team included being the all time high scorer which led to his induction into the Montgomery County, Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. He later attended Indiana State University. 

Jim loved a good game of golf and was also a stock car driver.

Jim at his core was a lifelong caregiver and was always willing to help those in need with open arms and an open heart. He will be cherished and missed by all of his family, friends and the many lives he touched and helped along the way.

His family includes: his wife, Karen S. Slavens of Brewster; three daughters, Natalie Abbott and her partner, Tom Cole of Penn Valley, Pennsylvania, Charity Slavens and her husband, Jeffrey Eskew of Kansas City, Missouri, and the late Melissa Kissling; grandson Shane Kissling; step-grandson Alexander Eskew; niece Lindsey Smith and four nephews, Franklin Crowe, John Crowe, Justin Smith and Scott Ellman.

He was the brother of the late Jane Ellman.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to New England Donor Services, 60 First Ave.,

Waltham, MA 02451. You may also donate online at neds.org/give/

Please include a note with Jim’s full name along with an address for a gift acknowledgment with your donation. 

Private funeral arrangements entrusted to Aubertine-Lopes Funeral Home, 129 Allen St., New Bedford. For online guestbook, visit www.aubertine-lopes.com.

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