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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 Aug. 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 father, Lonnie Payton; sister Linda Boland; brother Jimmy Payton; niece Heather Gilbert; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Si and Frieda Tarbox; and two sisters-in-law, Sharyl Patten and Shereatta 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; two sisters-in-law, Suzi Gannon and Debbie Fairchild; two brothers-in-law, Roy West and Gus Tarbox; special cousins David Payton of Spicewood, TX, Bill Payton of Utah and Kim Payton of Utah; and other extended family and friends.

A memorial service was held May 31 at Cooper Funeral Home Chapel with Bill Payton officiating under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh.


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