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Howard A. Staley

March 23, 1955 ~ December 27, 2021 (age 66)




Howard A. Staley, 66, of Moncure, N.C. passed away at 1:39 p.m. Monday, December 27th, 2021. He was the husband of Hélène Hinson Staley. Dr. Staley owned and operated a podiatric medical practice in Sanford. He practiced podiatric medicine for 40 years and was semi-retired the last seven years. Dr. Staley changed the name of his podiatric medical practice from his own name to that of First Feet, P.L.L.C. in 2016.  He operated two additional practices in Cary until year 2000 and in Aberdeen 1990.


Dr. Staley was born March 23, 1955 in Camden, Camden County, N.J. and was the third child of Marie Cecelia “Mae” Euker [1919-1998] and Milton Carlton Staley [1920-1998], formerly of Moorestown, N.J. and Philadelphia, Pa. in early years. Dr. Staley was the maternal grandson of Florence Aloysia Hagan [1885-1961] and William Anthony Euker [1888-1967], both formerly of Philadelphia, Pa. and Moorestown, N.J. He was the paternal grandson of Dorothy Lucas Staley Hermanson [1894-1973] of Abington, Montgomery County, Philadelphia, Pa. and Albert Carlton Staley [1891-1922], formerly Chicago, Cook County, Ill.


With his wife Hélène, who is the daughter of Patricia Ann Leighton and the late Dr. James Noah Hinson [1929-2015] of Salisbury, N.C., he had three children: Zachary Christopher Staley, Nicholas Howard Staley and Benjamin Noah Patrick Staley of Moncure, N.C.


A resident of North Carolina since 1981, Dr. Staley is survived by one brother Andrew “Andy” Lawrence Staley, Ph.D. of Marlborough, Mass.; two sisters: Louise Gallagher of Medford, N.J. and Diane MacFeeters of Moorestown, N.J. His sister the late Lorraine Bernadette Staley, d. 1958. He is survived by two brothers-in-law Vincent Gallagher of Medford, N.J. and Michael “Mike” MacFeeters of Moorestown, N.J.


He is additionally survived by five nephews, three nieces, two grandnephews and one grandniece.  His niece, the late Lenore Strathern, [1982-2009] formerly of Moorestown, preceded him Sept. 13, 2009. Dr. Staley is survived by many cousins.


Dr. Staley is survived by his mother-in-law: Patricia Ann Leighton Hinson of Salisbury, N.C.; brother-in-law Hans Leighton Hinson, M.D. of Mount Pleasant, S.C.; sister-in-law Vanessa Karsch Hinson, M.D. of Mount Pleasant, S.C., sister-in-law Nicole “Nicky” Suzanne Hinson, M.D. of Huntersville, N.C. and four nephews from his wife’s side: Jonah Karsch Hinson, Noah Karsch Hinson, Elijah Karsch Hinson and Micah Karsch Hinson of Mount Pleasant, S.C.


Dr. Staley is additionally survived by nephew Sean Gallagher and niece Laura Gallagher May, both of Medford, N.J. and nephew Nathan Alexander Staley of Marlborough, Mass., and niece Adrianna Justine Staley of Marlborough, Mass and niece Ashley Maureen Strathern Holmes, Ph.D. [wife of Jason Holmes] of Mount Laurel, N.J. and Deirdre Michelle MacFeeters of  New Orleans, La. Dr. Staley is survived by two grandnephews Quinn Kenneth Holmes of Mount Laurel, N.J., Gabriel Jacob “Jake” May and one grandniece Angela Hope May, of Medford, N.J.

Dr. Staley, who specialized in podiatric medicine, podiatric orthopedics and podiatric surgery, served Lee, Moore, Wake and other counties for nearly 4 decades. His practice was known for many years to treat patients who could not afford medical expenses or were without medical insurance for free. His practice offered many podiatric services without charge to patients with hardships.
Dr. Staley was associated with Wake Medical in Cary for many years, along with Central Carolina Hospital since 1992.
Dr. Staley in year 2008 ran for U.S. Senate, gaining just under 60,000 votes. His hobbies included working on cars, particularly convertibles; cooking – especially at family celebrations. He was a lover of history, enjoyed visiting the beach and mountains of North Carolina. For years, visited Asheville, N.C. and to Cherokee, where he loved rafting through the Nantahala River, located in western North Carolina near the Great Smoky Mountains.


During grammar school years, Dr. Staley attended Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic School in Moorestown, N.J. from first grade to 6th grades. In 1973, he graduated from Moorestown High School in Moorestown, N.J. In 1977, he graduated from Rutgers University in Camden, N.J. with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. In 1981, he graduated from Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine [now Temple University], Philadelphia, Pa. In 1989, Dr. Staley became a Diplomate in Podiatric Orthopedics and Podiatric Surgery.


The wake will be held Friday, January 7, 2022 from 5-7:00PM, at Donaldson Funeral Home on West Street in Pittsboro, N.C. The funeral will be held 11:00AM, Saturday, January 8, 2022 at Pittsboro Presbyterian Church on East Street with the Rev. Evan Harrison officiating. Burial will follow at Hanks Chapel UCC Cemetery in Pittsboro, N.C.


Donations in Dr. Staley’s memory may be made to Temple University, 1801 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pa.; to Duke LifePoint, Central Carolina Hospital, Carthage Street, Sanford, N.C.; Wake Medical Hospital, Raleigh, N.C. and the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 15829, Arlington, Va. 22215.; National Kidney Foundation, 933 Louise Avenue #101B, Charlotte, N.C. 28204, to UNC Hospitals at Chapel Hill, N.C.

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January 7, 2022

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Donaldson Funeral Home & Crematory Griffin Chapel
396 West St.
Pittsboro, NC 27312

Funeral Service
January 8, 2022

11:00 AM
Pittsboro Presbyterian Church (Pittsboro, NC)


American Diabetes Association
2418 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh NC 27607

Temple University
1801 North Broad Street, Philadelphia PA 19122

Duke LifePoint, Central Carolina Hospital, Carthage Street, Sanford, N.C 27330
1135 Carthage St, Sanford, NC 27330, Sanford NC 27330

Wake Med
3000 New Bern Avenue, Raleigh NC 27610
Tel: 1-919-350-8000

National Kidney Foundation
7413 Six Forks Rd #255, Raleigh NC 27615
Tel: 1-704-519-0020

UNC Hospital - The Medical Foundation of NC
Carolina Square Building C, 123 W Franklin St #510, Chapel Hill NC 27516
Tel: 1-984-974-1000

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