By: Jonathan FaheyAssociated Press
March 11, 2013
Garry Ray Paynter, surrounded by his family, died peacefully on Sunday, March 10, 2013, at the Pikeville Medical Center. He was 54.
Born December 20, 1958, in Williamson, WV, he was the beloved son of Dollie Blevins Paynter Booth of Chattaroy and the late Dess Preston Paynter, Jr.
In addition to his father he is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Dess Preston Paynter, Sr. and Ruth Ann Paynter and maternal grandparents, Arthur V. Blevins and Virgie E. Blevins.
Garry was a graduate of Williamson High School and spent most of his working career as the operator of a home framing/construction business in Tampa, FL.
Although he loved Tampa very much, he always considered West Virginia to be his home and he returned to Williamson in 2005 to be near his daughter.
Garry was a huge sports fan and particularly followed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers football team. He also enjoyed fishing.
Garry loved people. He never met a stranger. He was a great man with a big heart and a big smile. His greatest pleasure in life was being a father and a granddad. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends always.
In addition to his mother he is survived by his step-father, Elmer Booth of Chattaroy; a daughter, Desirae Paynter Cook and her husband, Thomas Cook; a grandson, Gavin Paynter Cook; a brother, Terry Paynter of Ponte Vedra, FL; two sisters, Diane Paynter (William) Ray and Lisa Paynter of Tampa, FL; three nephews: Preston and Brandon Paynter and Desmond Perkins
The family will receive friends from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Tuesday evening, March 12, 2013, at Weaver Mortuary in West Williamson.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 pm, Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at the Chattaroy Church of God. The Reverend Mike Bostic will officiate.
Interment is in the Mountain View Memory Gardens at Maher, WV. Family members and friends will serve as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Chattaroy Church of God.
Express online condolences at www.weavermortuaryinc.com.
Weaver Mortuary of West Williamson is serving the Paynter family.