Lathin Dale "Buzzy" Payton


Lathin Dale “Buzzy” Payton, 69, of Tecumseh, Oklahoma, died Saturday, May 25, 2019, at his home.

He was born Oct. 24, 1949, to Lonnie Kevin and Betty Jo (Stewart) Payton in Lubbock, Texas, and was raised in Tishomingo.

He married Jo Ellen Tarbox on August 11, 2010, in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Buzzy worked alongside his dad as a concrete finisher working on the Oklahoma Canal, the Myriad and the Kerr McGee Building.

He was a proud member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

Buzzy was a musician and songwriter. He played bass guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar and the harmonica. His best friend was his wife, Jo Ellen. He loved his dog Trixie and was an avid OU football and OKC Thunder fan. He was also a fan of Bob Seger music and loved to fish.

He was preceded in death by his father, Lonnie Payton; sister, Linda Boland; brother, Jimmy Payton; niece, Heather Gilbert; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Si and Frieda Tarbox.

He is survived by his wife, Jo Ellen Payton of the home; mother, Betty Payton of Antlers; brother, Billy and Bettie Payton of Antlers; sister, Twila and Steve Heidelberg of Ada; brother, Don Payton of Anthers; special cousins David Payton of Spicewood, TX and Bill Payton of Utah; and other extended family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 10 am tomorrow (Friday) at Cooper Funeral Home Chapel with Bill Payton officiating under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh.


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