STEPHENVILLE - Melvin Thomas Staton, 68, died Oct. 5, 2009 in Erath County.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. today inside the chapel at Harrell Funeral Home in Dublin.

He was born on Sept. 4, 1941 in Eagle Pass to Charles and Dorothy Mae (Rader) Staton. He married Shirley Darlean Walker on June 30, 1961 in Stephenville.

Survivors include wife Shirley Staton; daughters and sons-in-law, Theressa and Owen Y. Smith of Chicago, Estell and James Salter of Stephenville, Beverly and John Salter of Stephenville, Rita and Jeremy Shelton of Dublin, Kathy and Michael Stanton of Stephenville; sons and daughters-in-laws, Melvin "Sonny" and Karen Staton of Chicago, Robert "Bobby" Staton of Stephenville; two grandchildren he raised, Christie and husband Chris Cox of Dublin, Amanda and Ricky Gore of DeLeon; 21 additional grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren; sister Ruth Ann and husband Garlin Haley of Seguin; brother Robert L. Staton of Seguin; aunts, Irene and husband Albert Lineman of Seguin, and Kathy Strickland of Seguin; and a host of other special friends and family.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Jimmy Staton, Doug Staton and Bill Staton, his parents, grandson Neil Riley Staton; mother-in-law Rubie Nelson and one special angel Meagan Crocker.

Published Oct. 7, 2009

Stephenville Empire-Tribune