Aug. 30, 1929 - Aug. 11, 2014
Eddie Lee Staten, affectionately known as "Bean", departed our world on Aug. 11, at Sutter Solano Medical Center in Vallejo, 19 days before his 85th birthday. He was born on Aug. 30, 1929 in Matherville, Mississippi to the late Orange and Pearl Staten.
Eddie united in holy matrimony to Annie Joyce Johnson on March 31, 1951. They enjoyed 63 years together. He joined the United States Air Force to provide a better life for his family. During his 20 years of service, he completed two tours to Vietnam. After retiring from the Air Force, Eddie worked briefly at the Concord Naval Weapons Station. He then spent a few years as a Vallejo City Bus Driver before returning to the Naval Weapons Station until he retired in 1993.
Eddie was an avid Los Angeles Dodgers fan. He also enjoyed playing Bingo, Poker and looked forward to going to Cache Creek every Wednesday to play the machines. He was a wonderful storyteller and would entertain family and friends with stories regarding his childhood and other adventures during his well lived life. Children were important to him and he always stressed the importance of an education, something he was not able to complete.
Eddie is survived by his wife of 63 years, Annie Joyce; his children, Dorothey (Henry) Staten Watson, Chandler, AZ., Kim (Otis) Staten Varner, Fairfield, Keith Staten, Sacramento, and Darren (Kari) Staten, Vancouver, British Columbia; his grandchildren, Aaron (Kim) King, Chandler, AZ., Jared (Lauren) King, Chandler, AZ., Danielle Varner, Sacramento, and Jordan Varner, Fairfield; his great grandchildren, Anthony, Madison, Felicity and Joslyn of Chandler, AZ. He is also survived by his brothers, Will Roy (Louvenia) Staten, Shubuta, MS, Bennie (Donna) Staten, Shubuta, MS, Robert Staten, Shubuta, MS, and L. Wash (Sharon) Staten, Chicago, ILL; sister, Jean (Dennis)Hopkins Horne, Shubuta, MS, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws. He was preceded in death by his parents, Orange and Pearl Staten; brothers, R.B. Staten, A.T. Staten; sisters, Jessie Wilson and Almeda Staten.
A celebration of his life will be on Saturday, Aug. 23, at 11 a.m., at Bryan-Braker Funeral Home, 1850 West Texas St., Fairfield. Visitation will be held on Friday, Aug. 22, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Bryan-Braker. A private burial will be held at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, CA.
The family would like to thank Vitas for their wonderful support during Eddie's time of need.
Bryan-Braker Funeral Home
1850 W Texas St Fairfield, CA 94533
Published in The Reporter on Aug. 20, 2014