Andre' "Ray Ray" Eugene Payton

May 13, 1966 ~ September 23, 2021 (age 55)

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Andre’ (RayRay) Eugene Payton of 52 Erskine St. Apt. D died on Thursday, September 23, 2021. A lifelong resident of Asheville who was the son of Alice Louise Perry Payton and the late Charles Edward Payton, Sr.

Andre' was a 1984 graduate of Asheville High School. Andre’ grew up as a member of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, then later joined Nazareth First Missionary Baptist Church.  He was a food server at Moe’s Southwest Grill in Biltmore, and Atlanta Bread Company on Hendersonville Road. Andre' loved his family and was the bigger jokester who loved to cook and have fun.

Left to cherish his memories, his partner of six years Juliet Barber, son  Andre’ Ravon Payton (Myra), daughters Shatikqia (Tika) Williams (Darius),, Qua’Neisha (Quan) Payton, Haley Ellis all of Asheville. Kara (Ari) Payton, and Aribrail (Bre) Payton of Charlotte, NC, eight grandchildren, stepdaughters; Ashley, Malaysia, Maleq, and Malachi Barber, Kaila and Fatima Funderburke, four step-grandchildren, brothers; Clarence Payton, Allen Payton (Sheena) Johnathan Payton, Charles (Buggy) Payton Jr. (Karen), Charles Ray Payton (Cindy), Sisters Violetha (Vie) Littlejohn (Billy), Sandra Jennings, Melody Millsaps, a host of nieces, great nieces, nephews, great nephews, other realtives and friends.

I have great hope, even in death, Hope in my God, as I drew my last breath. All doubts and fears seem to fade from sight, As I’m drawn into His glorious light. Eternal life is mine to know, As into the Arms of God, I go. Through death surrounds my physical being, The face of God is what I’m, seeing, And He is full of compassion and love, As He carries me to my home above!

A Memorial Service to honor the life Andre' Payton will be held on Friday, October 1st at 2:00 pm at Nazareth First Missionary Baptist Church located at 146 Pine Street in Asheville. A Viewing will be held on Thursday, September 30th from 12pm until 7pm at Avery's Memorial Chapel located 542 Hendersonville Road, Asheville. The service will be lived streamed on the Avery's Memorial Face Book page. 


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September 30, 2021

12:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Avery's Memorial Chapel
542 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803

Memorial Service
October 1, 2021

2:00 PM
Nazareth First Missionary Baptist Church (Asheville)

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