OBITUARY: Johnie Payton


Miss Johnie Payton of Lebanon, Tennessee passed away on Wednesday, December 7, 2022, she was 72 years old.

Born February 24, 1950, in Wilson County, she is the daughter of the late William Lee Payton and Doris Braden Pennington Payton.

She received her Bachelor of Science degree in music education from Middle Tennessee State University in 1971. She was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Inc. and attended Immanuel Baptist Church.

Her honors and accomplishments are innumerable. However, some highlights include: founding director of the Evermean Evergreen Cloggers, Wilson County Teacher of the Year in 2003, past president for the Lebanon Education Association and former board member for the United Way of Wilson County.

She also served one term on the Wilson County Board of Education representing Zone 6. In 2011, she received the Friend of Education Award given by the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce. In addition, she served on the National CLOG Committee which facilitates the National CLOG Convention each year. Finally, Payton served on the Wilson County Fair Board where she had the responsibility of hiring the Wilson County Fair’s special performing groups and artists.

During her nearly 40 years of teaching, she has literally shaped the minds and hearts of thousands of children. After retiring from teaching, she worked at Cracker Barrel in Lebanon and Cedars Prep.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Lewis, William, and Billy.

She is survived by her brother, Michael Payton; nieces, Bryanna and Alena; nephew, Malik; great nieces, Natalie, Ali Grace, and Sophia; and great nephew, Roman.

Funeral service for Miss Johnie Payton will be 2:00 P.M. Sunday, December 11, 2022, at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home with Terry Trice, Rochelle Dail and Robert Calloway officiating. Interment Wilson County Memorial Gardens. Visitation Sunday 12:00 – 2:00 P.M. at Ligon & Bobo.

LIGON & BOBO FUNERAL HOME of Lebanon (615) 444-2142


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