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 wife: Bonnie Payton of Mena, Arkansas

Children: Sam Payton of Mena, Arkansas, Christina Muncey of Red Oak, Oklahoma, and 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 will be Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 10:00 Beasley Wood Chapel. Interment will follow in the Gann Cemetery in Potter, Arkansas under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Family and friend’s visitation will be two hours prior to service at Beasley Wood.


7-26-18 12:15 p.m. 

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