Lathin Dale “Buzzy” Payton, 69, of Tecumseh, passed away Saturday, May 25, 2019, at his home.

Lathin Dale “Buzzy” Payton, 69, of Tecumseh, passed away Saturday, May 25, 2019, at his home.

He was born Oct. 24, 1949, to Lonnie Kevin and Betty Jo (Stewart) Payton in Lubbock, Texas.

Buzzy was raised in Tishomingo.

He married Jo Ellen Tarbox on Aug. 11, 2010, in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Buzzy worked alongside his dad as a concrete finisher working on the Oklahoma Canal, the Myriad and the Kerr McGee Building.

He was a proud member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

Buzzy was a musician and song writer. He played bass guitar, acoustic guitar and electric guitar and the harmonica.

His best friend was his wife, Jo Ellen. He loved his dog, Trixie. He was an avid OU football and OKC Thunder fan, a fan of Bob Seger music, and he loved to fish.

He was preceded in death by father, Lonnie Payton; sister, Linda Boland; brother, Jimmy Payton; niece, Heather Gilbert; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Si and Frieda Tarbox.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Jo Ellen Payton of the home; mother, Betty Payton of Antlers, Oklahoma; brother, Billy and Bettie Payton of Antlers, Oklahoma; sister, Twila and Steve Heidelberg of Ada, Oklahoma; brother, Don Payton of Anthers, Oklahoma; special cousins, David Payton of Spicewood, Texas, and Bill Payton of Utah; and other extended family and friends.

Memorial service will be 10 a.m., Friday, May 31, at Cooper Funeral Home Chapel with Bill Payton officiating under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh.

To share memories, or to sign the guestbook online, go to www.cooperfuneral.com.