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YOUNGSTOWN - A memorial service celebrating the life of Mr. Raymond Edward Staten Sr. will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the New Bethel Baptist Church. Mr. Staten departed this life on Feb. 24, 2018, after a year-long battle with cancer.
Mr. Staten, known to his family and friends as “Ray”, “Eddie”, or “Mr. Eddie”, was born on Dec. 30, 1949, in Howard County, Md., a son of William R. Staten Sr. and Albertha “Honey” Norris-Staten.
He worked in construction for over 20 yeas as a demolition expert starting as a laborer and later as a supervisor. He enjoyed watching the success of his demolition projects come down without any harm to his crew. He received his CDL license and drove for area companies for the past eight years. He always enjoyed driving and always said he was fortunate to work for the companies he worked for.
He loved to fish, travel, and was a die hard Baltimore Ravens football fan and an advent Lebron James fan following his career since the beginning. He loved his family and would do anything for them. He enjoyed life and was always straightforward about his opinions, he was caring and welcoming to anyone around him. He will be missed by everyone who knew and loved him.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of 37 years, Carol L. Staten; his children, Raymond (Tynisha) E. Staten Jr., Monique Gamble of St. Petersburg, Fla., William Staten of Ohio, and CaRai Staten of Youngstown; his grandchildren, Raymond (Kenya) E. Staten III, LaDee Gamble, Gloria Wright, Bobbie Wright, Honey Wright, Reign Staten; his great-granddaughter, Rayonna Staten; his great-grandson, Kori Staten; his mother-in-law, Constance Southerland of Youngstown; his sister-in-law, Lenore Southerland of Columbus; his brother-in-law, Frederick Southerland of Youngstown; and a host of nieces and nephews, cousins, and dear friends, especially his fellow trucker, Shawn Triplett, who he looked upon as a younger brother.
He was preceeded in death by his parents; his son, Christopher E. Staten; his six siblings, Robert Norris, Frank Norris, Leroy Norris, James Bass, William R. Staten Jr., and Odessa Harris-Whittington.
The family will receive friends Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.

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  • Friday, March 02, 2018
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ J.E. Washington Funeral Services, Inc.
  • Saturday, March 03, 2018
    Carol, we deeply feel for what you and the family are going through. At times, there isn't much that can soothe the pain this grief brings, but you may find some comfort in the words of Psalms 9:9 which reads: "Jehovah will become a secure refuge for the oppressed, A secure refuge in times of distress." Yes, our Loving God can help if we allow him to (1John 5:14). He also has made the SURE promise of a resurrection right here on earth, when it is restored to a Paradise (Acts 24:15; Psalms 37:9-11,29). No, not just a dream, but for a certainty he will do it, for Isaiah 55:11 shows us that everything he says, he accomplishes without fail. You can find out more online at JW.ORG
    ~ R&R Lopez