Michael A Staton

July 11, 1953April 7, 2014

Michael Austin Staton passed away on April 7, 2014. Born in Greensboro, NC on July 11, 1953 to James Brooks Staton Jr. and Miriam Hancock Staton, he is survived by his loving wife of 29 years Ashley Elmore Staton, his mother Miriam and her brother Charles Edward Hancock (Dianne), his brother James Brooks Staton III (Deborah), and sister Martha Lynne Swaringen (Joe). Mike graduated from Walter Hines Page High School and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a member of the SAE fraternity. In 1975 he graduated with a BS in Business Administration, returning to Greensboro to join Jim Staton Distributing Company, his family’s business. Mike worked for 25 years in the business, becoming President in 1993 when his father died. In 2000, he and his brother Jim sold the business to Mutual Distributing Company, where he worked for 5 years before retiring in 2005. As a leader in the beer and wine industry, he served terms as President of the NC Wine Wholesalers Association, on the board of the NC Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association, and President of the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers Association Council for Leadership Development.

Mike was an avid and accomplished golfer who enjoyed playing at the Greensboro Country Club as well as Eagle Point Golf Club in Wilmington, NC. Some of his favorite moments in golf were caddying for his friend Henry Blue at the US Amateur Championship and attending the Masters. He had a single digit handicap and had made several holes-in-one. Mike loved sports of all kinds, but especially baseball and his beloved Boston Red Sox team, as well as basketball and his adopted Wake Forest Demon Deacons. He was a member of the Greensboro Whist Club for over 30 years, and enjoyed evenings with his friends playing gin rummy. As a member of First Presbyterian Church, he volunteered time to serve at the Men’s Shelter, and was a member and regular attendee at Greensboro Rotary Club meetings.

Mike will be missed by all of his family including his mother-in-law Billie Ward Elmore, his step mother-in-law Maxene Hubin Elmore, sisters-in-law Laurie Elmore Cain (Greg) and Lisa Elmore Gibbs (John), nephews and nieces Jennifer Staton Kreick (Kyle), Jonathan Calvin Staton, James Brooks Swaringen, Joe Richie Swaringen Jr., Nicholas Eli Cain, Emma Gregory Cain, Eleanor Ward Cain, John Lewis Gibbs Jr., Bailey Suzanne Gibbs, Annie Gray Gibbs, and his beloved bulldog Beatrice. He will also be missed by his many friends who were like an extended family.

The family will receive visitors on Thursday, April 10th from 6-8pm at Hanes Lineberry Funeral Home, 515 North Elm St., Greensboro, NC 27401. A celebration of Mike’s life will be held Friday, April 11th at 3pm in the Mullin Life Center at First Presbyterian Church and the family will visit with friends following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 617 N. Elm St., Greensboro, NC 27401, the Greensboro Science Center, 4301 Lawndale Dr., Greensboro, NC 27455, or the James B. Staton Jr. Athletic/Academic Excellence Scholarship Fund, Wake Forest University, 499 Deacon Blvd., Winston-Salem, NC 27105.

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Lisa Kreick

April 28, 2014

Our thoughts and prayers are with Ashley and the entire Staton family.
Mike is truly missed and will always be remembered as a warm and welcoming person to the entire Kreick family.

Valerie Shafran

April 25, 2014

I am so saddened for the Staton family. I worked for Mike years ago and he was a wonderful boss. My prayers and thoughts are with all of you now and in the future.

Joanna Gerrald

April 13, 2014

My deepest sympathy and prayers to for the Staton family.

April 10, 2014

I am so sad to learn about Mike's death. My heart goes out to you Ashley and all the family members. It is never easy to deal with the passing of a loved one. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Cathy Cole

Linda Settle

April 10, 2014

My brothers and I remember Mike, Jim and Lynne as children and visiting them on Pineburr. Our hearts break for all of you and we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
The Settle Family
"Little" Bill, Ronnie, Linda, Gary and Brian

Jeff Poole

April 10, 2014

Ashley and Lynne,

I am shocked and saddened to hear about Mike's passing. I haven't seen him in a long while; but he was in the handful of people that I can say I have known my whole life. We rode school bus 192 together. My thoughts are with you all.

Olive and Will Jordan

April 10, 2014


We would invite you over to play but you need to snuggle up to your Mama and take good care of her. Tell her we
are thinking of her constantly
and hate that she is having to
go through this! You can come play later on or maybe we bring you a treat!

Love, Fido, Barney, and Gordie Jordan

Pam Tripp

April 10, 2014

Ashley, I am deeply saddened and my heart just aches for you and Mike's family . I am praying that you hold on tight and gain strength during this difficult time from all the love pouring in and prayers being lifted up. May you feel the Love of God holding you tight and believe. Love and prayers.

Susan Miller

April 10, 2014

Ashley,I am so very sorry to hear about Mike.Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Susan Miller

Kim Sear

April 10, 2014

My heartfelt sympathy to you and all the family during this most difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Mike was such a mentor to me for many years in my wine career. I feel very lucky to have known him. With deepest sympathy, Kim