Donald Lee Streaty, Sr. (Tookie), passed away on April 19th, at the age of 85. He was born in 1935, the
youngest of twelve children. Mr. Streaty was a lifelong and proud resident of Anderson. In his youth he
could be found, most days, enjoying many of the activities at the Westside Community Center on 14th
street. He continued to play pick-up basketball at the Center as a young adult.
Mr. Streaty attended Anderson Public Schools. As an adult he worked for several years at the Madison
County courthouse as head custodian, and Delco Remy, retiring from there after 20 years of service. He
loved connecting with people and made it a point to get out and about each day. He made many daily
stops for items such as coffee, The Herald-Bulletin newspaper, lottery tickets, and staples from the
Dollar Store. He was never in a hurry and always liked to talk with the employees or other customers.
In doing so, he forged many warm relationships with fellow Andersonians from all corners of the city –
no doubt many of these individuals will fondly remember his visits.
Mr. Streaty was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Mayme Streaty, six brothers, four sisters, his
youngest daughter, Denise, and son-in-law Bryan Pugh. He is survived by his wife, Sophia Streaty; sister,
Barbara Walker (Kenneth) Houston, TX; two daughters, Deborah Stewart, Houston, TX; Donna Pugh,
Long Beach, CA; Donald Streaty, Jr., Anderson; five step children: Sylvia Johnson, Marilyn Rayford,
Ronnie Jones, Bonnie Jones, Maria Hammond; twenty grandchildren, and his eldest niece, Phyllis
Warner. “Uncle Tookie”, as he was known to his 56 nieces and nephews, and numerous great nieces and
nephews, was beloved for his storytelling and his amusing eccentricities that made him a unique
presence at holiday gatherings and annual summer family reunions.
Mr. Streaty had several long and rewarding relationships with friends including Doc Menifee, Robert
Glazebrook, and neighbor, Maseo, who made it a point to check-in on Mr. Streaty regularly. He looked
forward to his weekly visits from his best friend and nephew, Jon Andre Streaty and their good buddy,
Larry Swallows; every Wednesday they could be found at “Tookie’s” house catching up on current
events and retelling past events with lively adlibs and lots of good natured ribbing.
Services for Mr. Streaty will be at ___________, on Monday, April 27th. The viewing hours will be
______ – ______, preceding a private service. Interment will be at the _________ Park, Anderson IN.
Glazebrook Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. In lieu of flowers and cards the family is asking
that donations be made to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation