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Gardy Wilbert Payton began his earthly life 79 years ago and he passed away peacefully on Thursday morning May 7, 2020.
Gardy was born December 6, 1940, on Smithville Rd. Taylors Island MD to the late Irene Wilson and Wilbert Payton.
He graduated in 1958 from Maces Lane High School. Then furthered his education at University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) before being drafted in the U.S. Army. There he became a career army vet serving overseas in Vietnam and South Korea as a military nurse. After retiring from the military, he worked in various hospitals before working for the U.S. Postal Service where he retired after 20 years. He was a member of the Masonic Temple 58 Arlington Virginia.
Gardy loved visiting with family. His favorite pastime was fishing, and he considered himself the grill master. He loved to cook all types of food. He enjoyed doing things with his classmates of 1958. He loved sports, westerns and playing cards with his best friend Turner, he thought they were the best.
He was a member of the Assembly of Christ Baptist Church in New Jersey where he served on the Deacon Board and was also a member of John Wesley UM church in Liner Rd.
He was married to the late Marie Daniles after her passing he married Helen Lucas,
He leaves to mourn his children, Keith Chester(Lavern), Charles "Reggie" Payton(Mary) and Gardy Jr.(Lolitta), Godson, Ronald "Jack" Gibson(Casandra). Karen Jones(Reginald), Penny Hairston(William), Bryant Lucas, Fredrick Lucas(Sharon). 19 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. His brother Tyrone Wilson(Darlene), sisters Barbara Stafford, Portia Harris, Delilah Jones(Sonny) and Renee Copper(Richard), Gloria Young(Harold) and Betty Gaskins. Brother-n-laws, Bud Daniles & Gordon Juggins. Sister-n-laws, Helena & Mary Daniles, Celesta Marrow, Joyce Mercer(Edward), Yvonne Archie(Otis). Godchildren, Bernard and Juanita Ellis, Michael Pearson. Godfather, Luther Cornish. Best friend Robert Turner. Extended family and friends, George Lee "Jr", Ed Sanks, Joe Thomas, Mammie Prater and Rev. Curtis Williams. A host of other family and friends. Gardy was preceded in death by his brother Bismark Stanley and godmother Doris Cornish.
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