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Mervin Leon PaytonPassing: November 2, 2023


Mitchell Cemetery

Graveside Service

Sunday, November 12th @ 2:00pm


No Visitation

No Visitation


Mitchell Cemetery

Sunday, November 12th

Mervin Leon Payton, 91, passed away peacefully on November 2, 2023, with family lovingly by his side.

Born November 25, 1931 to Thomas Bennett and Della Mae (Atwood) Payton, Mervin lived his rambunctious young life in Mitchell Indiana. Growing up during the depression he often spoke fondly about working in the apple and peach orchards in Mitchell. Later in life he made his living as a carpenter and mason.

After marrying Evelyn Ruth McNeely he was drafted into the U.S. Army where he served with the 33rd Field Artillery Regime in Bamberg, Germany as a corporal. He was proud of his country and respected those who gave of themselves to fight for our freedoms.

Mervin had a quick wit to him. He chose to see the positive side of people and situations. He was an honest, hard working man. He believed in being a good neighbor and citizen. Throughout Mitchell and all surrounding communities you can see his skillset as a bricklayer, mason and carpenter. Along with building many private homes in the area as well as many public and municipal buildings, he helped construct the Virgil I. Grissom memorial and monument along with the refurbishment of the Mitchell Opera House. He issued land to the VFW and constructed Post 9107 off of highway 60. Mervin and his wife opened the Dairy Bell on highway 60 where they proudly served the community with burgers and ice cream. He believed in giving his community his business before he would take it elsewhere and was a regular customer of Holmes Hardware and Crawford Morris Lumber Company. He not only banked at 1st National Bank but he also bricked it to look like it does today. His talents did not end at a trowel but also with pencil in hand he loved creating amazing pictures of scenery.

 In his younger years he enjoyed fishing as he would make his own sinkers and lure. He also enjoyed bee keeping and was happy to share the honey with his neighbors. He owned several steel guitars and played his tunes by ear with no formal training. Mervin believed staying active was crucial and slowing down was never an option. In later years Mervin loved all of his grandchildren and enjoyed keeping up with their antics. He spent time reminiscing about the past and handing out advice. He was loved and had many memorable outings with his wonderful companion Janice Chastain.

Surviving are his children; Myra Gail (Brad) King of Wisconsin, Debra Jo (Jim) Neideffer of Loogootee, and Sheryl Ann (Kevin) Grow of Columbus along with nine grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; and two great great grandchildren. A loving sister, Rosetta Arnold also survives along with companion Janice Chastain.

Preceding him in death was his loving wife, Evelyn Ruth (McNeely) Payton, and siblings; Marie Richason, Clyde Payton, Hollace Payton, Margie Massengill, and Floyd Payton.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 12th, at Mitchell Cemetery with Brother Greg Isom officiating. Military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Post 250 and VFW Post 9107. A celebration of life reunion is planned at a later date with details to be determined.

Memorial gifts: Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.

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11 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Eddie Hatfield | Mitchell
    Date: March 21, 2024
    I just found this. I worked at the Crawford Morris LABOR Company. The obit is 100% correct. He was a amazing man with wood! Sorry for your loss. I spent hours speaking of the 70"s and 80"s the homes he made. I would have you all about them! And amazing steel getars! Sorry tor the loss. God Bess.
  2. Guest: Terry slone | Mitchell in.
    Date: November 9, 2023
    My condolences to the family. Merv was a wonderful human being and will be missed by many. He did a lot of work for me in the past. Very knowledgeable man. I'll see you later my friend...so sorry Janice, we'll miss him dearly...
  3. Guest: Roy Myers | Mesquite, NV
    Date: November 8, 2023
    Sheryl God bless you and family during your time of loss. Much love from The Myers family in Nevada.
  4. Guest: Tami cole | Mitchell, IN
    Date: November 8, 2023
    Myra, Deb and Sheryl I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. I havent seen him for several years, but loved talking to him when I would see him out. I’m sure he and your mom are having a wonderful celebration.🙏❤
  5. Guest: Jetta collins | Mitchell ind
    Date: November 8, 2023
    I sorry for your loss I only met him a few times he was with my aunt Janice he was a great man prayers for all my love is with u aunt Janice
  6. Guest: Terry and Clarice Cooper | Orleans
    Date: November 8, 2023
    We are so sorry for your loss! Not only the legacy of his family, but he left reminders of his craftsmanship throughout our community. We are so proud of the fine masonry work he did on our home back in 1977!
  7. Guest: Joni Hargesheimer | Mitchell Indiana
    Date: November 8, 2023
    My dad Jack Hargesheimer worked with and was a friend of Mervin's. I remember him and Evelyn and the girls
  8. Guest: Teresa Chastain | Mitchell
    Date: November 8, 2023
    Myra, Deb & Sheryl, I'm so sorry to hear of your father's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
  9. Guest: Cherie kinder robertson | Mitchell, indiana
    Date: November 8, 2023
    Mervyn was a friend of mine. He was one of a kind. We enjoyed him stopping by the office (kinder realty) and entertaining us with his stories.
  10. Guest: Mike and Rita Ramey | Bedford, IN
    Date: November 7, 2023
    Mervin and Evelyn spent lots of fun times w my parents and in later years, as both were widowed, Mervin played his guitars and Dad loved every minute if it. Many fun times w all the family. Our love and prayers are w you girls. Mike and Rita Ball Ramey, kathy and Jeff Ball
  11. Guest: Brenda Harriso | Bedford. Indiana
    Date: November 7, 2023
    Myra, I am so sorry for the passing of your Dad. I did not know him. His obituary was a beautiful testimony of a life well lived. We appreciate his service in WWII. His carpentry and masonry skills will be be here long after we all pass for many generations. It is so neat that he was a musician and even a beekeeper. I loved that he cared about our local commuity and our local businesses. What a blessing he was to Mitchell. I am so sorry for your family's loss. Love and prayers.