Everett Wilson Staton, Sr.

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Everett Wilson Staton, Sr., 75, passed away on December 29, 2018 surrounded by his family. He was born to James Wilson Staton and Leona Patterson Staton Lanning on October 15, 1943. His memories of his childhood consisted of lots of time shared with siblings, cousins, nieces, and nephews outside either working, playing, or exploring the outdoors. His lifelong love of fishing began during those childhood years. He served in the US Navy for almost 8 years during the Vietnam War and considered it his duty to serve and protect his country. He circled the globe twice during his service. Everett always said that he would do it again if needed. After his military service, he joined Southern Railroad which he said was a great job for him because he got to play with heavy equipment and tell tall tales all the time. He met his wife of 45 years, Faye Shivers Staton, in February 1973 and they married in July 1973 after he sweetened his ask to marry by giving his father-in-law Sidney Richard Shivers four watermelons. Everett and Faye raised their children in Morven where he always had cows, chickens, and a kitchen garden. He instilled in his children the value of hard work, being honest, and helping others. He had a mindset that he would give the shirt off his back to someone in need and then go figure out how to get himself another shirt. After the children graduated, Everett and Faye moved to Cook County. After retiring as a train conductor in 2007, after 38 years on the railroad, he was able to spend a lot of his time outside whether it be working in his longleaf pine trees, fishing in his catfish pond, working on his hay field, mowing grass or cutting firewood. He also enjoyed going to the Georgia coast to catch shrimp in the wee hours of the day. He loved sitting on his back porch with a cup of coffee talking and swapping memories. One of his greatest joys was getting to spend time with his grandchildren teaching them to fish and saying "yes" or "ask Mema" to most of their requests. He really excelled at being a Papa. Everett's laugh and smile were infectious to all he met throughout his life.
Everett is survived by his wife, Faye Shivers Staton; his three children and daughter-in-law, "Spider" Everett Wilson Staton, Jr. of Adel, Virginia Staton of Atlanta, and Sid and Stacie Staton of Valdosta; his grandchildren, Gavin (11), Parker (7), Cole (5), and Sophie (5). He is also survived by his best friend and neighbor, Freddie Stone, who was a partner in most of his retirement activities and his prayer warrior Nana Joan Hester. He is also survived by his brother, Kenneth (Linda) Staton, and his sisters, Ramona Powers and Millie Phelps. He was preceded in death by three sisters: Norma Miles, Aline Lynch, and Veda Dozier. He also is survived by nephews, nieces, cousins and other family members that he had special memories with during his life. He was a Mason and past Master of the Fellowship Daylight Lodge #746. He was a past member of the Moody Lodge #719 and the Adel Lodge #310.
He Staton family will receive friends Monday evening, December 31, 2018 from 6 until 8 PM at Boone Funeral Home, 1804 S. Hutchinson Ave., in Adel. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at 3:00 PM in the Chapel of Boone Funeral Home with Rev. Jimmie Hinson and Dr. Gary Brady officiating and Rev. Ronnie Dobbins providing the eulogy. Interment will follow at Lakeview Church Cemetery in Lenox with Masonic Funeral Rites and Military Honors. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.boonefunerals.com. -Boone Funeral Home is serving the Staton family.
Published on January 1, 2019
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