Connie Elbert Slade, age 77, of Greensboro, North Carolina, passed away peacefully on Sunday evening, December 20, 2020 surrounded by family.\nHe was born on July 21, 1943 in Yanceyville, North Carolina to Perry and Ethel S. (Tabron) Slade.\nConnie had the opportunity to travel the world while serving in the United States Army. He married Yoko Shimozawa of Yubari, Japan on February 23, 1968, shortly after his first overseas assignment in Japan where learned Japanese and embraced the Japanese culture.\nConnie retired as a Master Sergeant after 27 years of service as a logistics specialist. Throughout his career he was stationed in Japan, Germany, Belgium, California, Georgia, and Virginia with his best friend and loving wife of 52 years. After his years of service Connie earned his BS in Psychology from the University of Maryland.\nHe will be remembered for his caring spirit, fascinating stories, and wisdom he loved to share with anyone in need. Connie was a devout member of Soka Gakkai International (SGI) and a strong practitioner of Nichiren Buddhism spreading Kosen Rufu (world peace) throughout the world. He and his wife, Yoko, were able to touch the hearts of many through SGI, and even had the opportunity to chant with his lifelong mentor President Daisaku Ikeda. Connie's life was devoted to embodying the spirit of the Mystic Law, Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, and transforming his own human nature to help further world peace.\nConnie joined his first band at age fifteen that cultivated a lifelong love for music. He performed Motown hits on the piano and harmonica in many bands around the world in his youth. Among his favorite artists were Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder. He played a wide range of music on the piano for his grandchildren ranging from Ray Charles' song "What'd I Say" to "Sukiyaki" by Kyu Sakamoto.\nHe was predeceased by his parents; his brothers and sisters, James Slade, Arthur Fletcher Slade, Cathrine Salula Slade, Thomas Leslie Slade, Willie Earl Slade, Richard Allen Slade, Helen Slade, Betty Lou Slade, Billy Slade, Jeanette Slade, and grandson Oliver Lewis. He is survived by his wife Yoko Slade; brother Jimmie Slade; three daughters Diane Slade, Annette Lewis (Antonio), Tina Barberan (Eric); nine grandchildren Brian Slade (Holly), Nathan Slade, Marcus Slade, Andrew Lewis, Matthew Lewis, Kourtney Lewis, Cruz Barberan, Emi Barberan, and Major Barberan.\nIn lieu of flowers, the family requests that you carry out an act of kindness and love to someone in need to honor his memory. He never met a stranger, just a friend he hadn't met yet. Family was the center of Connie's life, and he will be loved and missed dearly. His spirit will live on forever in the lives and hearts of everyone he has touched.