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June 16, 1939 ~ August 24, 2023 (age 84) 84 Years Old
Funeral services for Marion Kenneth “Ken” Payton, 84, of Cope, SC will be held at ten o’clock a.m., Wednesday August 30, 2023, at the Memorial Church of the Nazarene, 569 Berry Street, Orangeburg, SC 29115 with the Reverend Hoke Robinson Officiating. The family will receive friends from five to seven p.m. Tuesday, August 29, 2023 at the church in Orangeburg. Burial will follow at one p.m. at the Fort Jackson National Cemetery, 4170 Percival Road, Columbia, SC 29229. Ken passed away on Thursday, August 24, 2023.
Pallbearers will be Adam Dunn, Jeffrey Dunn, Rickie Dunn, Harold Fanning, Howard Fanning and T.J. Tucker.
Born in Abbeville County, he was a son of the late Buck Alton Payton and Pearl Dutton Payton and was married to Shirley “Bunny” Wood Payton for 55 years. He was a member of the Memorial Church of the Nazarene in Orangeburg, SC. He began cutting trees at an early age before owning and operating Payton Tree Service for many years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and working on equipment. Ken was an avid Clemson fan and enjoyed traveling to bowl games. He proudly served his country in the US Army and was a family man but most importantly he loved his lord and savior Jesus Christ.
Survivors include his loving wife of the home Shirley “Bunny” Payton; his son, Kenny Payton of Cope; a sister, Gail Gossnell of Chesnee, SC; grandson; Kaleb Buck Payton of Springfield, MO; great-granddaughter Ivy Diana Payton; his sisters-in-law Betty Sanders of Williston, Cathy (Robert) Lovern, Sylvia Wood and Dale (Dean) Sanders and a number of nieces and nephews that he loved dearly.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sisters, Lettie, Ethly, Evelyn and Bobbie Ruth; brothers, Alton Payton and Carl Edward Payton; brothers-in-law William “Bobby” Wood and W.R. Sanders.