Pastor W. Doyle Staton, church founder, former jail chaplain transitions at 87

| March 15, 2013

FORT WAYNE—The city recently lost a devoted spiritual servant and man who made his mark in the community joyfully serving others.

Pastor W. Doyle Staton, 87, of Fort Wayne, transitioned to his great reward on Friday, March 1, 2013, at his daughter’s home surrounded by his loving family after a short bout of pneumonia.

Born in Rockville, N.C., he was the eighth child of nine and the son of the late Chester T. Staton and Adeline (Dunlap) Staton. He served in U.S. Army in Germany during World War II from 1943 to 1946. Pastor Staton was a faithful servant and minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ for more than 50 years and was married to the love of his life, Birdie for 57 years before her untimely death on May 2, 2008.

Pastor Staton considered it a real privilege to serve and pursued opportunities to spread love and joy. If you could describe his character in one word that word would be “OTHERS,” explained family and friends.

If you asked him how he was doing, he would always respond with just one word, “MARVELOUS!”

Pastor Staton served a number of communities through the ministry. He served churches in Indianapolis; Erie, Pa., and Buffalo, N.Y., before coming to Fort Wayne in 1974.

In addition to working through the church, he served on boards and committees of Allen County Council on Aging, Citizens for Decency and the Old Fort Y.M.C.A. He had been vice president of Clergy United for Action and Police Advisory Committee.

In 1983, he took office as chaplain of the Allen County Jail under Sheriff Daniel F. Figel for seven years and was well-known throughout the community for reaching out to those incarcerated.

He was Pastor Emeritus and founder of Victory Fellowship Church of God, now named Destiny Life Center. He blessed many with his wonderful embrace.

He leaves to cherish his memory and mourn his loss: his devoted daughters, Pastor Karen Staton of Fort Wayne, Cynthia Staton of Atlanta and Pastor Warren Jr. of Fort Wayne; grandchildren, Jarobi (Delores) Newsome of Hyattsville, Md., Tacoma (Darrell) Perry of Atlanta, Ga., and Chinaus Webb of Jacksonville, N.C.; one brother, Alonzo Staton of New York City; and a host of family, friends and a loving church. A Celebration of Life service was held March 8, 2013, at Destiny Life Center, 3601 Warsaw Ave., followed by a Praise service. Entombment was at Covington Memorial Gardens. Preferred memorials to the church. www.covingtonmemorial.com.

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