Evangelist Vealer Mae Jeffress Staten of South Boston died June 29, 2020 at Duke University Hospital at the age of 71.

Evangelist Staten was born in Halifax County on Jan. 4, 1949 to Mrs. Edith Flenoury Jeffress and the late Rev. Freddie Jeffress. She was married to Deacon Ralph Staten Sr. and was a member of Spanish Grove Baptist Church. 

Evangelist Staten is survived by her husband, of the home; two sons, Mr. Ralph Staten Jr., (Karen) and Mr. Karl Staten, all of South Boston; one step-daughter, Ms. Yvette Armistead, of Yonkers, New York; one goddaughter, Ms. Shavone “Nikki” Terry, of Los Angeles, California; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; her mother of South Boston; one sister, Minister Jane Marable, (Joseph); three brothers, Mr. Freddie S. Jeffress Jr., (Yolanda), the Rev. Gerald D. Jeffress (Cynthia) and Mr. Rufus K. Jeffress Sr. (Angela); five sisters-in-law; one brother-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends, including the devoted Rev. Diane Battle.  

In addition to her father, one sister, Mrs. Gloria J. Stokes, and one brother, Master Joel M. Jeffress, also preceded her in death.

Graveside services for Evangelist Staten will be Thursday, July 9, 2020, at 10 a.m. at Spanish Grove Baptist Church cemetery with the Rev. Ronnie Womack as eulogist.

Public viewing for family and friends will be Wednesday, July 8, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home.

Funeral arrangements are by Jeffress Funeral Home, South Boston.