We have come together today at the call of death, an event that is constantly occurring around us.
Death stares us in the face on all sides. The fields that were green a few days ago are now brown. God teaches in his word” All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof fadeth away.
Death is moving out of this cold, friendless, dark world into eternal daylight.
On Sunday afternoon, October 31, 2021, the angel of silence came into the hospital room at Baptist South and with chilly fingers sealed the lips of our loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend Arthur Hugh Payton Sr. His soul winged its flight from this world of sin, sorrow, and pain to a place of eternal rest.
Arthur was born June 9, 1955, to the late Albert and Laura Mae Payton. He was the youngest son born to this couple. He attended schools in Butler County Alabama, graduating from Georgiana High in 1975. While attending Georgiana High he was active in football and basketball. After high school he attended Alabama State University for a short period, then he relocated to Youngstown Ohio. In 2001 he decided to move back home to Georgiana, Alabama.
He was preceded in death by his mother, father, son Patrick J. Paige and siblings: Angerlean Pettway,Albert Payton Jr, Annie L. George and Ludester Hale.
Left to honor his legacy is his wife of 20 years Connie Lawson Payton, Children: Kelly Payton and Arthur Payton II, Columbus, Ohio. Demetrius (Shan) Feagin, LaShonda Lawson, and Tawana (Tang) Lawson, Georgiana, AL Derrick Lawson, Montgomery, AL; Twelve grandchildren,2 Great grandchildren
Four brothers and Five sisters, Lomac Payton, Galesburg, IL, Sonny (Annie) Nichols, Willie James (Dianne) Payton, Greenville, AL, Robert (Darlene) Payton, Georgiana, AL, Lerine (Benjamin Cummings, Lawrenceville, GA, Pauline Payton Littles, Lue Ethel Payton, and Margaret Ann (Fred) Still, Georgiana, ALSister in Laws: Louise Payton and Bettye Ann Lawson, Georgiana AL. Special Friends: Leon Henderson, Orby Chambers and Bobby Joe Pugh. He also leaves numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends