Douglas Lynn Payton, 36, Columbia, Mo., formerly of Nevada, died Friday, May 21, 2004, at his home in Columbia. He was born July 21, 1967, in Nevada, to David L. Smith and Betty Lou Payton.
He grew up and went to school in Nevada. At the age of 17, he joined the National Guard and served for three years in Ft. Leonardwood, Virginia, Nevada, and Illinois. He has lived in Columbia, for the past eight years.
Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Betty Lou and Danny Slater, Sheldon; maternal grandmother, Dortha Payton, Milo; and several cousins.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 27, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, with interment following in Moore Cemetery, Nevada. Friends may call now and until the hour of service and the family receives friends 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.