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 and Country Club, was a member of the American Jewelers Society, was a lifetime member of the Washita County Historical Society. Arlie was also 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. He was an avid reader and treasured his exhaustive collection of Louis L’Amour novels. Arlie 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, Nevada; his step-sons, Martin Morel, IV of Bon Aqua, Tennessee, and Mike Morel of Oklahoma City; his 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 Payton 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, or at www.stjude.org, or to the American Cancer Society, 6525 North Meridian, Suite 110, Oklahoma City, OK 73116, or at www. cancer.org Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 21, 2014, in the Vondel Smith Mortuary North Chapel, with interment following in the Bethany Cemetery   
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