James Kent Payton age 68, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at Oklahoma Veteran Affairs Hospital in Talihina, Oklahoma.
James was born on October 19, 1949 in Miami, Oklahoma to the late Robert James Payton and the late Virginia Dee Mobley Payton. He was married to Bonnie Lewis in September of 1971. James served his country in the United States Marines as a military policeman and earned several medals: National Defense Service, Vietnamese Service Medal, Rifle Expert and Pistol Sharpshooter. James was an A & P aircraft mechanic for 32 years. He was a very strong pro-life supporter. James went on several mission trips to Mexico and Haiti. He always worked to send Bibles to other countries. Above all he loved God and his family. He was a loving dedicated husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend to all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife Bonnie Payton of Mena, Arkansas. Children Sam Payton of Mena, Arkansas; Christina Muncey of Red Oak, Oklahoma; Caleb Payton of Mena, Arkansas. Six grandchildren and one due in October. Brother Callan Payton of Wells, Nevada.
He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Virginia Payton and 5 grandchildren.
Funeral service was Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.at Beasley Wood Chapel. Cleatis Jeffcoat officiated the service. Interment followed in the Gann Cemetery in Potter, Arkansas under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.
Pallbearers were Richard Ruth, John Sizemore, Russel Sizemore, Gary Bird, Joe Gandy, Brion Dickerson.
Family and friend’s visitation was two hours prior to service at Beasley Wood.