Rev. Leroy Staley, of Polk County, North Carolina, died Monday, December 7, 2020 at 8:55 p.m. in the Upstate Community Hospice House.

He was born in Polk County, North Carolina on July 7, 1940, the son of the late Carl H. And Viola Carson Staley. He grew up in the Melvin Hill community, attended school at Melvin Hill and Carver High School.

While working full-time and raising four children, he earned his plumbing certificate through Swofford Career Center. He worked as a plumber full-time as well as being employed at Stonecutter Mills, General Fireproofing and later retiring from Torrington Shiloh-Plant. Throughout his lifetime he had several business ventures, the owner of B&L Staley Plumbing, Countryside Mobile Home Park and Porsha’s Produce.

He pastored Harris Chapel AME Zion Church in Canton, North Carolina for 12 years. He also pastored the New Bethel AME Zion Church in Forest City, North Carolina, until retirement for 26 years.

Rev. Staley is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former Dorothy Godlock, his “sweetheart”. They have three daughters, Jennifer, Amanda and Annette Staley and one son William, “Billy” (Eva) Staley. He leaves ten grandchildren: Antoni (Marisol) Staley, Stephen (Alexandria) Staley, Kim, Porsha, Makayla, Kiyon, Tyler, and Kanye Staley, also Brennan Reynard, Lafonzo Smith, and many others who called him grandpa. He leaves behind five great grand-children: Ysabella, Andre, Aiden, Sophia and Zalayah Staley. three God-children: Marvin Godlock, Kaleem Bryson and Elise Mack.

He is survived by four brothers: Carl W. (Eloise) Staley, Rev. Rob Roy (Rev. Juanita) Staley, Rev. Earl (Mary) Staley, John (Martha) Staley, and one sister Ruth (Johnny) Briscoe. He leaves behind one brother-in-law, Joe Godlock, four sisters-in-law’s; Martha Ragland, Jessie Godlock, Julia Logan and Sheila (Gary) Simpson and a host of nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors who will dearly miss him.

Rev. Staley was known to his family as Daddy, Grandpa, Gramps, Pawpaw, G-money, Pops, Uncle Lee, Leroy and just plain Lee, but the greatest name we can call him is a Man of God.

A public viewing will be held on Monday, December 14, 2020 at Thompson Mortuary & Chapel, 416 Forest Street., Forest City, NC from 1-5 p.m.

Funeral Service will be outside at New Bethel AME Zion Church, 263 Forest St., Forest City, NC, Tuesday, December 15 at 1 p.m., with Rev. Patricia A. Gainer and Rev. Keith Lipsey officiating.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to: New Bethel AMEZ Church Building Fund, Mailing Address: 263 Forest St., Forest City, NC 28043.