Charles Arlie Payton
Charles Arlie Payton
Charles Arlie Payton passed from this life on June 18, 2014. He was born in Rocky, Oklahoma on September 11, 1925 and was a longtime resident of Cordell, Oklahoma before retiring with his wife Malacha to Edmond, Oklahoma.
Arlie was the owner of Payton Jewelry, located on the south side of the city square in Cordell, Oklahoma.
He served the community from this retail store for over forty years. He served on the Cordell City Council, was a member of the First Baptist Church, was a member of the Cordell Golf & Country Club, was a member of the American Jewelers Society, was a lifetime member of the Washita County Historical Society, and was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946, serving as a Signalman in the Asian Theater aboard the U.S.S. Rawlins.
Arlie was an avid reader and treasured his exhaustive collection of Louis Lamour novels.
He often spoke of the good-hearted, honest, hardworking people of Cordell and Washita County.
Some of his fondest memories were spent with his family on his farm north of Rocky, Oklahoma and at his lakes house(s) at Fort Cobb Lake . . . two of which he built himself!
He loved hunting and fishing with his friends and family, working on rent houses, woodworking in his shop, and creating and repairing jewelry for family and friends at his jeweler’s desk which he relocated to his garage after retiring from the jewelry store.
The Payton’s favorite time at the jewelry store was during the Christmas season, when their store was flooded with friends and neighbors, all shopping for – and finding – those perfect gifts.
He was the fifth of eight children and is survived by his wife Malacha Railey Payton; his son, Russell Lee Payton of Oklahoma City; his daughter, Arlynne Ann DeVirgiliis of Las Vegas, NV; his step-sons, Martin Morel, IV of Bon Aqua, TN and Mike Morel of Oklahoma City; sister, Bobbie Jean Goines; 14 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren
He was preceded in death by his Mother, Nora Frances Payton; Father, Thomas Ira Payton; sisters Ruth Lowe, Lois Foster, Gladys Etselle, Vera Elston, and Lottie Nichols; brother; Kenneth Payton, sons; Sammy and Chuck Payton; and daughter-in-law; Melinda Payton.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, www.stjude.org or to the American Cancer Society, 6525 N Meridian, Suite 110, Oklahoma City, OK 73116, www.cancer.org
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 21, 2014, in the Vondel Smith Mortuary North Chapel, 13125 N. MacArthur Blvd., Oklahoma City, with interment to follow in the Bethany Cemetery.