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Asbury A Staley

December 28, 1945 ~ October 9, 2018 (age 72)

A Service of Love for Asbury Allan Staley

Born in Ocala, Florida on December 28, 1945, the ninth of eleven children born to Mr. Herman Staley Sr. & Geneva Thomas Staley.  He received his early religious education at Covenant Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor O. Van Pinkston.  He received his formal education in the Marion County Schools , graduating from Howard High School, Class of 1963. 

He immediately entered the United States Navy where he honorably served for four years  and received additional training in Navigation.  He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and received the prestigious(Award)(Medal of Honor).  He subsequently joined the Merchant Marines (for  approximately 10 years) until his return to Ocala to make his home.  Until his recent illness, he was a professional painter and Handy Man.  He was known for being able to “fix anything” and simply loved to work with his hands.  He was always willing to help when needed.

On Tuesday, October 9, 2018, Mr. Staley’s spirit was released. He was also a very talented artist and musician who played the guitar, wrote music, and played in bands.  He was dearly loved by his family who describe him as “smart, funny, genuine and always supportive”.

In addition to his parents and grandparents,  he was preceded in death by two older brothers, Herman Staley, Jr. and Willard Staley, three brothers-in law, James Turner Sr. and Robert Lee Rice, and a Phillip Washington, Sr; and two nephews, Maurice Jerome Willis and Kenneth Bernard Washington

He leaves to mourn his passing one daughter, Ann Marie Staley; a granddaughter, Aaliyah Chavers; four sisters, Mary Staley Willis (Pete) of Jacksonville, Fl; Emily Staley Turner of Harford, Ct; Elvira Staley Washington of Ocala; Mary Staley Rice of Ocala; Arlinda Staley-Amos of Tampa, Florida; two brothers, Millard Staley (Doretha) of Ocala and Albert Staley (Deborah) of Dalzell, South Carolina; a long-time companion Earlene Dyous and her two daughters, Chenoah Rucker, affectionately known as “CC” and Sheranta Wilson, affectionately known as “Tay”, as well as a host of Nieces, Nephews, Cousins and friends.

Public Viewing will be on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 from 1:00 PM til 6:00 PM (The family will receive friends from 4:00 PM til 6:00 PM) at Summers Funeral Home , 2238 NW 10th Street. Ocala, Florida.

Funeral Service will be on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 11:00 AM at New ST. John Missionary Baptist Church, 2251 NW 2nd Street, Ocala, FL 34475

Final Interment will follow at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. 

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