Mr Robert O'Neal Staten Sr., 86, of Shelby, passed away on Friday July 26, 2019 at North Carolina State Veterans Home in Black Mountain, North Carolina. He was born January 12, 1933 in Newton, North Carolina to the late George Staten and Carrie Wingate Staten.
He worked as a truck driver for Broyhill Furniture in Hickory, NC from 1950 – 1952. He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1953 – 1955 as motor transportation specialist. He also worked as a private contractor at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio from 1965 – 1992.
O’Neal as he was called was a devoted husband who enjoyed doing things that pleased his wife Beverly. You could often see them riding around town doing their errands. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and going fishing with his wife. He was a deacon at the House of Prayer as well as a member of the Elks Club both in Dayton, Ohio.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years Beverly Gail Lattimore Staten, and a son Robert O’Neal Staten Jr.
He leaves to cherish fond memories Charles and Tanya Staten of Shelby, North Carolina; Frieda Rink' Walton of Forestville, Maryland; Pamela Gail Sims of Columbus, Ohio; Deborah Elaine Harvey of Tampa, Florida; Johnna and James Wilks of Cincinnati, Ohio; Lisa Marie Staten and Elbert Jefferson of Dayton, Ohio; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.