Freddie L. Payton of rural Miami, Okla., passed away Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010, at Integris Baptist Regional Health Center in Miami after a lengthy illness. He was 77.
Freddie was born June 13, 1932, in Welch, Okla., to Hallie and Fern (Stevens) Payton. He was one of seven children. He graduated from Fairland High School with the class of 1949 and from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami with a degree in animal science.
Freddie joined the U.S. Army in 1952 and served six years as a bridge builder and depot master sergeant during the Korean Conflict. He was an active member of the American Legion.
Freddie married in 1953 and raised five children. In December of 1979, he married Shirley Louise Wyant, and added two more children to the family.
Mr. Payton owned and operated Payton Painting in Miami, Okla., for over 30 years. His favorite hobbies included coyote hunting and gardening. His greatest passion and love was for his family. Freddie was a member and Deacon at Mound Valley Baptist Church in Miami, Okla.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, J.B., Elmer, Alfred and Robert, and one sister, Halene.
He is survived by his wife of over 30 years; five sons, Steven L. Payton and Lisa Miller of Welch, Rick Payton of Miami, Tommy Payton and wife Shirley R. of Miami, and Roger Griffin and wife Judy of Perkinston, Miss., Shawn Wiegand and wife Heather of Welch, OK; four daughters, Halene Mate and husband James of Quapaw, Tammy Conner and husband Jim of Miami, and Sonja Kern and husband Jack of Commerce, Michelle Wilson and husband Joe of Carl Junction, Mo.; one brother, John Payton and his wife, Doris Lee; and one sister-in-law, Francis Payton, all of Fairland, Okla.; also surviving are 24 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010, at Glen-Abbey Memorial Gardens, east of Miami, Okla. The Rev. Jack Huddleston, the Rev. Jerry VonMoss and the Rev. Harold Neal will officiate. Military rites will be performed by the American Legion Post No. 147, Veterans Funeral Detail. Interment following.
Pallbearers will be Cory Payton, Shawn Wiegand, Shawn Payton, Burt Payton, Keith Phillips, Larry Raida and Jonathan Tinsley.
In lieu of flowers, Freddie requested that donations be made to the Ottawa County Adkar Shriners.
Services are under the direction of Thomas Funeral Home of Welch, Okla.