Merritt Thomas â€ś M.T.â€ť Staten, age 88, of Sweetwater passed away on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, in Big Spring, Texas. A wake will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, at McCoy Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 at 2 p.m. at McCoy Chapel of Memories, with Reverendâ€™s Robert Carey, Frankie Santiago and Tommy Jackson officiating. Interment will follow at Sweetwater Cemetery with Military Graveside Rites under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
M.T. is survived by three daughters, Bertha (Precious) Staten and fiancĂ©, Don Williams of Sweetwater, Brenda Staten Moore and fiancĂ©, Robert Durst, Jr. and Jonell Staten Thomas and husband George, Sr. of Las Cruces, New Mexico; two sons, Marvin Wilson and wife Dorothy of Odessa, Texas and Tommy Wilson of Albuquerque, New Mexico; his brother, Andrew Staten of Lubbock; two sisters, Barbara Staten and Verdell Williams of Houston, Texas; 20 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Oddie B. Williams of Sweetwater; two daughters-in-law, Edna Wilson of Lubbock, Texas and Patricia Wilson of Albuquerque, New Mexico; a long time son-in-law, Jimmy L. Nelson of Sweetwater; and by a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma Lee Blackman Staten on Jan. 29, 1988; his parents, Percy and Cleo (White) Staten; four sons, Fred in 2000, Charlie in 1963, Ralph in 1999 and M.T. Jr. in 1973; and a brother, Carl in 2005.
He had lived in Sweetwater for 62 years moving from Milam County, Texas and was a custodian by trade, retiring from the City of Sweetwater working at the Police Department and the Water Department. He was a U.S. Marine Corp Veteran of WW II. M.T. pulled and chopped cotton until cotton strippers came, hauled trash until modern trash trucks and dumpsters came then worked for T&P Railroad, Union Pacific Railroad, Cate-Spencer Funeral Home, the Blue Bonnet Hotel, Unemployment Office, doctors offices, Simmons Memorial Hospital and Lone Star Cement Plant.
He had owned a shearing business, shearing sheep, mules, goats and hogs, was a taxi cab owner, the first in Sweetwater, Statenâ€™s Bar-B-Que Place on West Alabama Street, the Blue Sky Inn CafĂ© on Olivera Street, the Jackson CafĂ© and had owned a sno cone stand.
Pallbearers will be Tristan McGowan Atkins, Ron Atkins, Jr., Billy Wilson, Richard Wilson, Robert Wilson, Fred Wilson, George Thomas, Jr. and Ricky Solis.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Isaiah Williams, Cornell Garrett, Johnny Cool McCoy, Randy Jackson and Tony Atkins.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.mccoyfh.com.