Orval Payton, son of the late Crit Payton and Mary Martha Malin Payton, was born on Jan. 31, 1933, in Aid, Mo., and died on Jan. 19, 2013, at the Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Mo., at the age of 79.
Mr. Payton worked in the shipping department of Purolator Filter Company in Dexter. He was of the General Baptist faith, and he was resident of Dexter.
Mr. Payton was a U.S. Army veteran and served in the Korean War.
He was united in marriage to Irene Lee on July 18, 1987, in Sturdivant. Mrs. Payton survives at the home.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Sherry Lynn Stephens of Kittanning, Pa., Sheila Yvonne Jibben of Dexter, and Sandra Lee Slaughter of Puxico; one brother, Bobby Gene Payton of Dexter; two sisters, Lucille Pratt of Dexter and Thelma Sherman of North Las Vegas, Nev.; four grandchildren, Gregg Lee Claunch, Amelia Jibben, Brad Watkins, and William Michael Stephens; and two great-grandchild-ren, Jonathan Wayne Watkins and Jesse Lee Watkins.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Donald Eugene Payton; two brothers, J. C. Payton and Kenneth Payton; and two sisters, Virginia Griffith and Louise Marlowe.
Visitation was held at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, at 2 p.m. in the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Chapel with Rev. Jerry Cooper and Rev. James Wade officiating.
Interment followed in the Harper Cemetery.