Mrs. Lessie G. Staton, age 79 of Bear Creek, NC transitioned into eternal rest on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill, NC.
Lessie Goldston Staton, most known as “Aunt Lessie,” was born February 25, 1941. However, her mother told her she was born on February 23 rd . Lessie would quote what her mother always said, “I know when you were born. I was there!” Due this, Lessie would celebrate February 23rd , 24th , and 25th, just to ensure she did not miss her birthday. She was born to the late E.P. and Edna Goldston and lived the majority of her life in the Taylor’s Chapel community.
Lessie married the love of her life, William L. Staton (“W.L.”), on July 19, 1958. They were married for 62 years. Out of their love, they birthed five children, Eugene, Michael, Toni, Wonda, and Kenneth (“Kenny”), who then bore nine grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. Although these were her biological children, Lessie never met a stranger and everyone was considered her family. While Lessie did not initially obtain her high school diploma, she was determined to be a light and example to all those around her by going back to school and obtaining her G.E.D. Lessie had a long
resume and huge skillset. Although she worked and utilized her specialized training as a Certified Nursing Assistant, she also worked other various jobs which allowed her to meet many lifelong friends. Though she had many work titles, Lessie’s family knew her most to be a doctor, nurse, physical
therapist, health inspector, counselor, top chef, and the most qualified disciplinarian. Also, Lessie did not do “Spectator Sports.” She was a fearless softball player whose primary position was pitcher, but she also played first base. She was known on the field as “the cleanup woman.”
Lessie was a huge part of her church, Taylor’s Chapel. She was not only a versatile choir member but also President of the Missionary Ministry. Lessie was a member of the Senior Usher Board and assisted in the training and administration of the Junior Usher Board. She was a Sunday School teacher for both the adult and youth classes. Many of the church youth do not have to be prodded to stand and give God praise when the opportunity presents because Lessie taught them the importance of showing gratitude for blessings because of her energetic leadership during devotional services. When she was not participating in an official capacity, she could always be heard praising the Lord for his goodness throughout each church service. She was a devoted Christian who was used in God’s service until her work was done. We will miss our Missionary President, Worship Leader and Pastor’s Aide member.
Lessie was preceded in death by her mother and father, E.P. and Edna Goldston; mother-in-law, Jessie Staton; three sons, Michael, Toni, and Kenneth Staton; and nine siblings, Beatrice Taylor, Rev. Annie Alston, Rev. Mable Goldston, Paul Goldston, Eugene Goldston, Jesse Goldston, William Goldston, E.P. Goldston, Jr., and Richard Goldston.
Lessie leaves to cherish her precious and fun memories: Her husband, William Staton, whom she affectionately called “Dub”; children: Rev. Eugene Staton (Annette) and Wonda Staton; grandchildren: Toniea Jones (DJ), Antoinette Staton, Michael Baldwin (Miranda), Jasmin Martin (Brandon), Kenecia Staton, Qualeya Staton, Shaquelia Staton, KJ Staton, Michael Staton; great-grandchildren: Sahnya, Bryce, Alexis, Dynasty, Jayda, Izaeyah, Kimaiyah, Jayceon, Davion, Aireas and Yalize; daughters-in-law: Peaches Staton, Pamela Staton; son-in-law Reggie Petty (Ramona); siblings: Edward Lee Goldston (Latima) and Jimmy Ray Goldston; sisters-in-law, Stella Goldston and Pamela Goldston; extended grandchildren: Mariah Coggins, Rayna Mendoza, Chasity Mendoza, Martha Glover-Wade and Dominique Petty; god- sister: Cindy Baldwin; special friend: Emma McIver; and a host of family and friends.
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