Bobby (Bob) Gene Payton, 82, Neosho, entered into rest on July 6, 2013, at Mercy Hospital, Joplin following a short illness.
He was born Feb. 14, 1931, in Neosho, to James Anderson Payton and Dona (Crow) Payton.
Bob was a lifelong area resident and worked many years for Southwest Lime, he then went to work for Branham Bros. as a construction laborer and retired in 1986.
He enjoyed raising cattle and loved playing his guitar at nursing homes. He was also an avid Coon Hunter. He was a member of the Arkansas Old Time State Fiddlers Association, MO Coonhunters Association, and was a member of the Newton County Sheriff’s Posse.
Bob married Shirley Homuth on April 21, 1957, in Neosho, and she survives. He is also survived by his children, Pam Payton, Neosho, Teresa and John Gross, Gulfport, Miss.; granddaughter, Candace Gross; sister, Ruth Davis, Seneca; numerous nieces and nephews.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Genoa Cox, Goldie Perry, Mona Darlene Payton; brothers, Arthur, Gerald, Lloyd, Harold, Leroy and Lonnie Payton.
Graveside services will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, at Gibson Cemetery, Neosho; Dr. Jerry Siegel officiating. Visitation will be held 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, at Clark Funeral Home Chapel of Memories, Neosho.
Memorial contributions in Bob’s memory may be made to American Lung Association c/o Clark Funeral Home P.O. Box 66 Neosho, 64850.
Service arrangements are under the directions of Clark Funeral Home Neosho.
Online condolences may be posted at www.clarkfuneralhomes.com.