Joyce Cook Staton

Joyce Cook Staton
September 20, 1916 - April 3, 2017

Joyce Cook Staton, 100, of Van, Texas passed away, April 3, 2017, after a brief illness. She was born on September 20, 1916 to W. Horace and Twillie Howell Cook in Van, Texas. Joyce grew up with her four brothers and three sisters on the family farm west of Van.

With the discovery of oil on October 14, 1929 the Pure Oil Company leased a part of the Cook farm to be used for their offices, camp houses, warehouse, pipe yard, company garage and welding shop.

Joyce met her husband to be, Robert Neal Staton, in 1931 when his father and mother moved to Van for the elder Staton to be construction superintendent for the Pure Oil Company. Joyce graduated from Van High School on May 25, 1934 and she and Robert Neal were married on May 26, 1934. Two children were born, Bob and Ann Staton.

Joyce’s roots grew deep in the Van community and she had been a great asset in years past. She was a member of and served on numerous committees and organizations: president of the PTA, Fine Arts Club, Garden Club, Tyler A & M Club, Van Coffee Club, Tyler Women’s Forum, UMW and Co-owner & operator of Bayne’s Department Store located in downtown Van in the W. H. Cook building for 20 years.

Although she was a member of many groups and organization it was her family and friends that brought her the most joy. She was a wonderful cook and especially enjoyed entertaining and spending time with those she loved.

Joyce is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Neal Staton,: her parents, W.H. and Twillie Cook; her brothers, Eldo Cook, Curry Cook, Lloyd Cook, and Bayne Cook; sister, Nell Cook Fife.

She is survived by her children, Bob and Judi Staton, and Ann and Dean Stone; her sisters, Euline Cook Sherbert and Shirley Cook Lundgren, and sister-in-law, Chris Cook. She has 6 grandchildren, Jennifer Cole, Courtenay Bridges, Windie Staton, Heidi Dudley, Robert Staton and Kelsey Cook Geeding; and 8 great-grandchildren, Christian Cole, Peyton Cole, Samuel Staton Bridges, Claire Bridges, Staton Dudley, Ellie Staton, Micah Geeding and Walter Geeding.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, April 7, at 11 am at Fairway Garden of Memories Cemetery (the Cook lease) in Van with Rev. Mark McClanahan and Rev. Jack Cox officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Van United Methodist Church, P O Box 1919, Van, Texas 75790 and Heart to Heart Hospice, 7925 S. Broadway Ave., Suite 1140, Tyler, Texas 75703 in memory of Joyce Cook Staton.