ANTHONY L. STATON
Mr. Anthony Lamont Staton “Tony” well known as “Whadoo,” 54, was born on January 26, 1963, in Newark, NJ, to the late Mildred L. StatonShelton. Born and raised in the “Vailsburg Section” of Newark, NJ, where he attended Newark Public Schools. In 1989, Tony relocated to Fredrickburg, Va., where he met and married Laverne Norbrey and to their union three children were born.
Tony made his career driving tractor trailers. He was employed with Abilene Motor Express. Tony was the first ever in history of the company to have his name advertised on a Abilene Truck reading “Anthony Staton, 100% On Time” this was no magnet sign. Tony enjoyed traveling the country driving and meeting people this is when he add his CB handle calling himself the “World’s Greatest Lover.” Tony enjoyed driving and did so for over 30 years before retiring due to his declining health.
He was loved by many and was most affectionately recognized as “Whadoo” and “World’s Greatest Lover.” Anthony was a hardworking man, although he was not perfect he was a good father and husband. He had an easy smile and was always willing to help others.
Tony enjoyed his CB radio’s, driving trucks, cooking, listening to music and singing. Michael Jackson was his favorite and playing video games with online friends (Madden to be precise). He enjoyed playing video games with one of his devoted nephews Gregory “Quisy” Pierre. Quisy would always make sure Tony was his first stop when coming into town to get a few games in and before leaving town.
His heart may have been weak and his faith may have been tested. Tony knew he was a handful, but those who knew him, knew he was strong and a fighter since a child. He always spoke of having an enjoyable childhood. Tony loved the Jackson 5. His love for good music has brought him through tough times and throughout his sickness. Tony could name the singer of any song and the lyrics.
Tony would always say when sharing his advise, “If you don’t believe nothing else” or when referring to life matters “you either pay now or pay later but you will pay” this has been proven to be so true.
“Whadoo” was predeceased by his mother, Mildred L. Staton; brother, Wayne Staton; and grandparents, George Johnson and Lorense Johnson.
Tony leaves to cherish his fond memories: his wife, Laverne Staton; two daughters, Natoyah Jackson of Newark, NJ, and Kannika Eaton of Garner, NC; three sons, Anthony L. “TJ” Staton Jr., twins Deonte’ and DeVanté Staton of Fredericksburg, Va.; three step-children, Ameka Coleman, James Collins, Jr., and Michael Norbrery of Fredericksburg, Va.; grandchildren, Samari Jackson, Tristen Staton, Kylie Staton and Tanner James; eleven step-grandchildren; three brothers, Gonzolas L.” Buster” Johnson of Garner, NC, Theodore L. “Teddy” Staton, Pennsylvania, and Dewayne Staton of Petersburg, Va.; three sisters, Theresa A. Taylor, Jeanette Reed (Greg) and Lynette Staton, all of Petersburg, Va.; a host of nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, other relatives and friends.
Services for Mr. Anthony L. Staton will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, October 14, 2017, at the Chapel of J. M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc., 102 South Avenue, Petersburg, Va.
The family will receive friends at 2231 South Whitehill Drive, Petersburg, Va.
Family members and friends are invited to pay final tribute to Mr. Staton and watch the funeral services live online at www. jmwilkersonsince1874. com.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the staff of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc., 102 South Avenue, Petersburg, Va., (804) 732-8911, www. jmwilkersonsince1874. com.