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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.

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