Mary Lou Payton

of Jonesboro, AR

July 18, 1926 - August 9, 2020

Mary Lou Payton, 94, of Jonesboro, Arkansas, passed away Saturday, August 9, 2020, at Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House. She was born July 18, 1926, in Jonesboro to the late Luke and Lucinda (Cash) Calkin. Mary was a teacher and retired from the Crowley's Ridge Development Council. She was a member of the Central Baptist Church and loved sewing, music, dancing, and art.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Luke and Lucinda; her husband, Ray Payton; sons, Donald Payton and Ricky Payton; grandchild, Loren Letner; great grandchild, Hoyt VanOven; brothers, Steven, Robert, Edward, John, William, Paul and Luke Calkin, Jr; sisters, Emmer Bise, Alice Johnson, Clare Gasaway, Lorene Evans and Helen Calkin; and daughter-in-law, Rene Payton.

Left to cherish her memory are sons, Larry (Kathleen) Payton, Mike (Charolette) Payton, and Dennis (Karan) Payton, all of Jonesboro; twelve grandchildren, Darren Payton, Jamie Payton, Jennifer Wiley, Amanda Kersey, Mark Payton, Timmy Payton, Deeda (Brad) Lovett, Brian (Jennifer) Payton, Crystal (Matt) Lawless, Nicole (Thomas) McLure, and Christopher (Samantha) Payton; twelve great grandchildren, Josh Kersey, Monica Leighann, Elizabeth (Jonathan) Spohr, William Lovett, Wesley Lovett, Kathryn Payton, Isabell Payton, Payton Lawless, Madelyn Lawless, Hayden Payton, and Hudson McLure; five great-great grandchildren, Gracelyn Spohr, Kyra Spohr, Wyatt Spohr, Peyton Leighann, and one additional great-great grandchild.

Funeral services for Mary will be held 1:00 pm, Thursday, August 13, 2020, at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home, 1900 W Washington Ave, Jonesboro, with Bryce Holmes officiating. Burial will follow at Strawfloor Cemetery.

Pallbearers will include Darren Payton, Mark Payton, Timmy Payton, Brian Payton, Christopher Payton, and Blake Campbell. Honorary pallbearers are Dick Valenzuela and Fred Heider.

Visitation will be held the night prior, Wednesday August 12, 2020, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House,

We are complying with the Arkansas Department of Health guidelines and limiting indoor funeral and visitation attendance to fifty individuals at one time, while observing social distancing guidelines. All attendees must furnish and wear their own masks before entering the building.

Service Information
Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home
1900 West Washington Avenue
Jonesboro,  AR 72401
8/12/2020 at 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home
1900 West Washington Avenue
Jonesboro,  AR 72401
8/13/2020 at 1:00 pm

Strawfloor Cemetery

Jonesboro, AR 72401

Memorial Contributions
Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House
1148 East Matthews Avenue
Jonesboro, AR 72401

Obituary Provided By:
Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home
1900 West Washington Ave.
Jonesboro, AR  72401