Viranda Irene Nottingham-Slappy, born June 27, 1957 in Macon, Georgia. She is the daughter of the late Willie James Nottingham, SR. and Viriam Purnell Bowman, Korean War Veterans . She is the wife of John Cecil Slappy, Sr. (39 years marriage), retired soldier from the United States Army and Department of Defense Civil Service employee at Fort Riley, Kansas. She is currently residing in Junction City, Kansas.
She is a graduate of Northeast High School and Los Angeles Community College. She earned an Associate Degree, General Studies in Business Management graduate of Central Texas College, Fort Riley, Kansas. Viranda has retired from the Department of Defense, United States Army Civil Service, and Army Benefit Center-Center of Fort Riley, Kansas, occupation was Human Resource Specialist. She was the benefits counselor providing regional professional services to all civilian Departments of the Army employees.
Mother of two children and two grandchildren, Zsashamica Demetricus Slappy, graduate of Fort Hays State University, Bachelors of Arts and Master of Science, employee of University of Kansas, located in Lawrence, Kansas, John Cecil Slappy, Jr., Senior Loan Consultant Officer for Leader 1 Financial Company, Overland Park, Kansas and the grandmother of Gevon John Kimbrel Slappy and Janiyah Viriam McCray. She is the sibling of Willie James Nottingham, Jr., Patricia Ann Fenelle and Michael Allen Nottingham, all residence of Viranda Slappy is a woman of many talents. She has received many awards for recognition of her outstanding performance. Her acknowledged awards are an Achievement Medal for Civilian Service, Officially Commended for Exemplary Performance, Sustained Superior Performance, Certificate of Achievement for Exceptional Performance, and community organizational Outstanding Distinguished Services.
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Left to right: NDI Representative, Noble John C. Slappy, Sr. Fayum Temple #209 and Imperial Deputy of the Oasis, Dt. Viranda I. Slappy, Fayum Court #192 Manhattan, Kansas.
She is a member, Past Matron of St. Tabitha Chapter, O.E.S in 1995, currently the Imperial Deputy of Oasis and Past Illustrious Commandress of AEAOMNS INC (Women's Shiners Auxilary of Manhattan, Kansas, H.O.J, Cyrenes of Prince Hall Affiliation, Free and Accepted Masonry of Kansas Jurisdiction, NAACP, host and producer of "Express Yourself Radio Talk Show, writer/former reporter for Uplifter Newsletter and member of the Diaconate Board for Second Missionary Baptist Church and Adjutant General Corps Regimental Association, Bison Chapter, Fort Riley, Kansas. Her books promotional are guest appearance on Say It Loud, Atlanta Mid Day Live, Sister Talk Show, Veterans Hour, Are You Real, WMAZ-TV Channel 13, Macon, Ga w/ Carol Minn, Bev Smith Show, Festival of Cultures guest appearance on October 23, 2004, Topeka, Kansas, channel KSNT 27 News at Five Election Day on November 2, 2010.
Viranda is the author of three novels TIL DEATH DO US PART: A MARRIAGE SURVIVES THE STRESS OF MILITARY LIFE, GENERATION IMPACT: AN AMERICAN FAMILYS TURMOILS and new release VISION OF CHANGE SEQUEL OF TIL DEATH DO US PART: A MARRIAGE SURVIVES THE STRESS OF MILITARY LIFE. Viranda have republished all three of her books with Stonewall Press in 2018. She attended the International Frankfurt Book Fair with Stonewall Press on Saturday and Sunday, October 13-14, 2018 featuring all of her books. Author Viranda I Slappy speaks to the Daily Union Newspaper reporter and Stonewall Press Video crew about her books that deliver messages: Til Do Us Part: A Marriage Survives the Stress of Military Life, Generatiion Impact: An American Family"s and Turmoil and Vision of Change on December 7th 2018. The article was published in the Daily Union on December 11, 2018. On January 11, 2019, Viranda was a guest on the WIBW 13 News Eye On Northeast Kansas the Red Couch Show with Ralph Hipp.
The Daily Union article title Slappy works to capture messages that inspire her readers, December 11, 2018. The video was done by Stonewall Press is on Facebook Page Viranda I. Slappy BOOKS and YOUTUBE.
Below is the link to view WIBW 13 News Eye On Northeast Kansas January 11, 2019 or visit Facebook Page Viranda I Slappy BOOKS
Generation Impact: An American Family Turmoils: The world around the Turner Family begins to change rapidly as Dr. King began his fight for equal rights among the races, but their family kept facing their own diversity over and over. Discover the obstacles this family prevail during the era of Dr. Martin L. King, Jr., The Legendary Singer Artist James Brown and more.
During her two years ( 2005-2006) as the Illustrious Commandress of Fayum Court # 192 of Manhattan, Kansas she has many photos of her adventurous years serving as the Illustrious Commandress of Fayum Court #192 expressing Unity among the organization and throughout the community. Viranda successful two years as the Illustrious Commandress landed her the position serving as the Imperial Deputy of Oasis for Fayum Court #192 of Manhattan, Kansas in January of 2007. For viewing of Viranda’s wonderful exciting moment’s participating in the court events click on Author caught in the act.
Imperial Deputy of the Oasis, Manhattan, Kansas begining in December 2006 through March 2013. Fayum Court #192 received two awards at the Shriners 100th Imperial Court Session, AEAOMNS INC held in Cincinnati, Ohio August 12-18, 2011. Fayum Court # 192, AEAOMNS INC auxiliary Illustrious Commandress Dt. Debbie Wooten proudly presented Imperial Deputy of the Oasis, Dt. Viranda Slappy award winner recipient with The Imperial Deputy of Oasis of the Year 2011 plaque, Saturday, September 17, 2011. This is the court first time of their existence receiving the Imperial Deputy of Oasis award. The Imperial Deputy of Oasis, Dt. Viranda Slappy recipient said it is a great honor to be a recipient of a prestigious award that brings recognition to Kansas ladies Shriners auxiliary court for their continuous charitable contributions for the Shriners a world-wide nonprofit organization which acknowledge how working as a TEAM Fayum Court #192 members successfully can achieve all of their goals. The court also received a plaque for Tools for School recognizing their contributions for school supplies which was donated to the schools in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Viranda was elected to serve in June 2017 as the Most Ancient Grand Matron, Grand Court Heriones of Jericho, Prince Hall Affiliation, Kansas Jurisdiction 2018.
One of Viranda’s greatest fan and supporter is her loving devoted husband John Cecil Slappy, Sr. Together they have overcome many obstacles as a couple and family bestowing brightness of love, laughter, joy, hope and faith through the publication of Viranda's novels which are among the rehabilitation treatment counseling facilities and the world of literature. As we all know, the military community is one the greatest challenges of all to survive, this couple not only survive, but they shared their experience with others who they met along the way expressing words of wisdom and how they made their dream come true.
Left to Right: John Slappy, Sr, Viranda Slappy and Cedric Sanders
During the Purnell family reunion held in Macon, Georgia on August 29 thru 31, 2008 Viranda finally met her cousin actor Cedric Sanders. Cedric Sanders is the lead actor in movie The Least Among You.