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Originally published: 2012-06-07 16:33:35
Last modified: 2012-06-07 16:36:35

Ronald Joel Staton Sr.

Ronald Joel Staton Sr., 81, of Spruce Pine, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at his home.

A native of Mitchell County, he was a son of the late Bernie and Edna McClellan Staton. He was also preceded in death by an infant daughter, Dorothy Regina Staton; son, Ronald Staton Jr.; sister, Jean Ollis; brother, Russell Staton.

Staton worked a number of years at Harris Mining and was a member of Gouges Creek Baptist Church. He later worked for Air Preheater until his retirement. He loved tending his squirrels and birds, and especially loved his grandchildren.

Surviving are his loving wife of 61 years, Lorene “Tootsie” Beam Staton; daughters, Shirley Cook and husband, Jerry, of Newland, Kathy Stamey of Marion, and Debbie Franklin and husband, Doug, of Spruce Pine; son, Rev. Ken Staton and wife, Barbara, of Newland; brothers, Marshall Staton and wife, Beulah, and Ray Staton, all of Spruce Pine; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great grandchild.

Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Friday, June 8, 2012,in the Chapel of Yancey Funeral Services. The Rev. Tommy Thomas and the Rev. Ken Staton officiated. Burial followed in the Gouges Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. The family received friends 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 7, 2012, at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Avery County, P.O. Box 1357, Newland, N.C. 28657. To send online condolences, please visit our website at

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