Funeral services will be 12 Noon Friday, Jan. 10 at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home for Lewis “Big Lou” Payne Payton, 62, of Lebanon. Mr. Payton went home to see God Jan. 8, 2014 at Alive Hospice, St. Thomas Nashville.
Services will be conducted by Bro. John Hunn, Bro. Donald Owens, and Coach Woody Hunt. Interment will follow at Wilson County Memorial Gardens. Visitation Thursday 2-8 p.m and Friday after 10 a.m. at Ligon & Bobo.
He was preceded in death by his father, William Lee Payton; his mother Doris Pennington Payton; brothers William Lee and James Howard; his grandparents Camillus and Allie Payton, and John and Florence Pennington.
He is survived by brothers Billy and Michael and his sister Johnie; nieces Bryanna and Alena; one nephew Malik; one great niece Natalie.
Lewis was a very special baby, sick most of his childhood. The doctor said he would never walk or talk. What a surprise to Dr. Hill!
Once he started walking and talking, he never stopped. He was a man of the town. A friend to everyone he met – a comforter to those having problems. We have heard stories over the years of how he talked to students at Cumberland University, giving them words of encouragement.
Lewis attended public school during his younger years. He was a student at House of Hope, a school for special needs students to attend until they were 21 years old. Mrs. Frances Austin was a special lady to him.
After graduation, he began the workforce at Prospect, Inc., selling papers for the Lebanon Democrat, and then CU, where he traveled with Coach Hunt and the baseball team, attended classes, did his homework, and made many, many friends. He walked the line at CU, receiving a special attendance certificate – what a day!
He will always be remembered by his sister Johnie, his brothers Billy and Michael, his nephew Malik, his nieces Bryanna and Alena, and his great niece Natalie.
He had too many friends to mention them all, but several standout. His friend Coach Woody Hunt, who said that Lewis was his best friend, stands out, and Birdie Bailey, who was like a mother to him. Rev. John Hunn and Rev. Donald Owens, Greg “Worm” Gibson, Donnie Anderson, Bobby Moore, CU classes (over the years), CU Baseball (and athletics), and the many friends of Lebanon-Wilson County that brought many smiles over the years and showed what he meant to our community.
We want to thank you all for your friendship for sixty (62) years. The number of times you drove him home, the bags of chips you gave him, and the newspapers you purchased from him truly showed that he was blessed, we were blessed, and you were blessed.
There is no doubt that everyone loved Lewis!
Lebanon's Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.