Dorothy “Dot” Payton, 83, Mooresville, passed away peacefully at home October 31, 2020. Mrs. Payton was born January 21, 1937, in Crestwood, Kentucky, to the late Wallace and Lorena (King) Shearer. She married Rev. L.D. Payton on Valentines Day in 1953, and he survives.
Dot graduated from Crestwood High School, attended Butler County College in Kansas, and graduated from beauty school. She was a licensed hairdresser for many years. Additionally, Dot enjoyed working with her husband in the ministry most of her life. They worked in various Methodist churches in Indiana including Loogootee and retired from Lapel in 1995. Music was a huge part of Dot’s life – she had a beautiful voice and loved to sing. She was strongly devoted to children’s ministry and believed in children’s evangelism. Dot was proud of her faith and took pride in bringing others to follow Jesus. Her actions and care for others were always motivated by her strong faith. A very close second was her family; Dot loved her children, grandchildren, and was always excited to see the family grow as great grandchildren arrived. She will be fondly remembered by her loved ones and friends.
Survivors include her husband of more than 67 years, Rev. L.D. Payton; son, Rev. Dennis (Tammy) Payton; daughter, Leslee D. Payton; grandsons, Rev. Andrew D. (Leslie) Payton and Rev. Daniel L. (Sarah) Payton; great grandchildren, Jayden, Paige, and Ella Payton; Emily, Carter, and Luke Payton; brother, William Roy “Bill” (Sandy) Sexton.
Visitation will be held Monday, November 2, 2020, 5 to 7 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church, 900 N. Indianapolis Road, Mooresville. The funeral service will begin at 10 a.m., Tuesday, November, 3, 2020, at the church. The committal service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, at Truelove Cemetery, Martin County. Memorial contributions may be made to the your favorite charity. Carlisle – Branson Funeral Service & Crematory is serving the family. Visit www.CarlisleBranson.com to share a favorite memory or to sign the online guest registry.