Benjamin Joseph "Joe" Staats

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Benjamin Joseph "Joe" Staats, 85, of Shell Knob, passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in his home.

He was born Oct. 28, 1929, in Somerfield, Texas, the son of Theodore Oliver and Mary Belle (Atchley) Staats. On May 17, 1953, in Bentonville, Ark., he was married to Angie Hester Jackson, who preceded him in death in October 1999. Also preceding him in death were his parents.

On Feb. 22, 2003, in Rogers, Ark., he was united in marriage to Luceta (DeBusk) Soard, who survives.

Additional survivors include: two daughters, JoAnn Staats of Bella Vista, Ark., and Debbie Speer and her husband, Phil, of Seligman; three stepsons, Darren Soard, of Shell Knob, Curtis Soard, of Tulsa, Okla., and Donnie Soard and his wife, Sarah, of Oswego, Ill.; two brothers, Gene Staats and his wife, Shirley, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Robert Staats and his wife, Linda, of Bentonville, Ark.; one sister, Margaret McGee, of Siloam Springs, Ark.; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter; and several step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren.

He grew up and received his education in Texas, graduating from high school in Hereford, Texas, and then attended one year of college. On Oct. 13, 1948, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving until April 21, 1954. For several years, he was employed as a mail carrier from which he retired. He was past president of the Letter Carriers Association. He had owned and operated Staats Flower Shop in Bentonville, Ark., and later worked at Sam's for Lost Prevention. In 2003, he moved to Shell Knob, to make his home. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Shell Knob.

Funeral services were held Thursday in Shell Knob First Baptist Church, under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Shell Knob. Pastor Bob Gaddis conducted the services. Burial with military honors was at Bentonville Cemetery, Bentonville, Ark.

Contributions may be made to Hospice Compassus.

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