Lula C. StatonPublished 5:25pm Monday, August 6, 2012
Lula C. Staton of Saluda went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012 at Hospice House of the Carolina Foothills in Landrum.
She was born Oct. 2, 1912 to M.T. (Tom) and Bessie Summey Staton and lived the majority of her nearly 100 years in Saluda.
She was of the Baptist faith and spent many hours each week listening to her favorite TV preachers. Before the gradual loss of her sight, she loved to crochet and watch her favorite baseball team, the Atlanta Braves.
In recent years, she was still able to share many hours on the phone talking with family and friends and was faithful in keeping up with the sick and shut-ins.
Lula worked in hosiery mills in Tryon and East Flat Rock and for Autumn Care in Saluda before retiring to care for her parents. Over the years, she said she would rather take care of children than to eat when she was hungry. That was evident by all the special love and care that she gave to her nieces, nephews and several generations of their families.
In her early years, she also cared for numerous children of many friends who cherish the time she spent with them.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Monty (M.C.) Staton and two sisters, Emmie Staton Gilbert and Isabel Staton Holbert.
Lula is survived by her nephews James Gilbert and wife Linda, and nephew Tom Gilbert; nieces, Sandra Gilbert McCall, Brenda Gilbert Durham, Belva Holbert Morrow, Anita Holbert Newman, Suzanne Staton Bane and Becky Staton Rhodes and sister-in-law, Louise Staton. Also surviving are numerous great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews who all referred to her lovingly as “Boober.” She will be missed greatly by her faithful friend and companion, her cat Frisky.
Special thanks go to two very special care givers, Michele Phillips and Jackie Huffman for the many hours of special care and love given to Lula, Hospice nurse Jane Foster, the staff at Hospice House of the Carolina Foothills, Dr. Kim Bridges, Libby Carter with the CAP program of Polk County, the staff of Amazing Grace, extended family, friends, neighbors and Rev. Henry Vegter and wife, Wilma, who all showed a special love and support for Lula.
The family will receive friends from noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012 at Petty Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home chapel conducted by Rev. Henry Vegter. Burial will follow in Saluda Cemetery in Saluda.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice House of the Carolina Foothills, 260 Fairwinds Road, Landrum, SC 29356 or to Friendship Baptist Church, P.O. Box 505, Saluda, NC 28773.
The family is at the home, 156 Frost Road, Saluda.
Condolences may be left at www.pettyfuneralhome.com.