December 20, 1936 - July 20, 2020
Richard Peyton, 83, peacefully entered into rest on Monday, July 20, 2020. He was a loving husband, father and friend of the family. Mr. Peyton loved his country and served with honor for 23 years in the Army Special Forces. He was awarded many citations of service including the Bronze Star with “V”, several Presidential Unit citations and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Gold Cross. He loved challenging other Veterans with his “Sergeant Major “challenge coin”. He was a proud resident of the Augusta War Veterans Nursing Home in Augusta, GA. There he loved the staff and made many new friends. He was fondly known by “Pop” to all who loved him.
Mr. Peyton is survived by his loving wife, Mary, a son, Brad Peyton and wife, Bridgette of Salisbury, NC, a step-daughter, Jenni Wesson of the home and a step-son, Chris Ballard of Ft. Knox, Ky. Mr. Peyton never met a stranger and will be missed by everyone who had the pleasure of meeting him.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.arlingtonfuneral.com Arlington Burial & Cremation, 1220 George C Wilson Dr., Suite C, Augusta, GA 30909 762-994-0311.
Memorials may be sent to: Augusta War Veterans Nursing Home 1101 15th Street, Augusta, GA 30901-3196
Mary Lynne, we are so sorry and our hearts break for your loss. Rick was a fine man that always had a smile on his face or that little grin that you could tell he was getting ready to pick and kid around. It’s so heart warming to hear how much he loved you and that you were his Princess. We know you will cherish all of the trips that y’all took and we’re sure you have many pictures to treasure. Please know that you’ve been in our thoughts and prayers and we’re here if you need us. We love you and send wishes for peace and comfort.Michael, Angela, Camryn, Abby & Anna Gantt - Yesterday at 6:52 PM
Rick, you left us way too soon and to an invisible enemy we could not openly fight....you may be away from us for now but on this earth you will never be forgotten. Always fun, full of love for the love of your life,Mary, and a faithful and courageous servant for our wonderful country. You dedicated your life to helping in so many ways to keep our country’s freedom! Well done, good and faithful servant-we salute you. Charles &Brenda. (Bro & Sis)Charles and Brenda Gantt - July 31 at 1:36 PM
Richard Peyton-Pops as I call him, was my stepfather of 37 years. He has been loving, caring, kind-hearted and more to us, especially to my mother. I'm thankful & blessed to have had him in our lives. We have truly lost a great man & he will be forever missed. Pop loved his country so very much & he served it well. God bless that sweet man & may he rest in peace. Isaiah 46:4 N Love you forever Pops! JenniJenni Wesson - July 30 at 11:50 AM
Had the pleasure of knowing as I called him POPS for some years now. Very nice guy with a head full of hair. Always was a pleasure to cut his hair and just as nice as he could be. I think I meet him when I first started cutting hair and he never left me. I thank God I got a chance to meet such a great person. He will most definitely be missedShanta - July 30 at 11:03 AM
I had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Peyton for many years. He was always quick-witted and ready with a joke. He reminded me of my own dad and made my day brighter every time I saw him. I miss him already and my heart goes out to his beloved wife, Mary.Sherry Barinowski - July 28 at 12:10 PM
I am sorry to hear about Richard's passing. We lived next door to the Payton's on 10th street in Cedar Rapids. Although our families did not get along well, mainly because of his dad, Richard, Brother Norman, Don Stasney from across the alley and Judy Jones from up the street and I did spend time together, and shoot a lot of baskets as the alley was our play lot. After leaving McKinley High School in 1955, Richard and I went our separate ways and I have only kept track of him since through the ongoing McKinley news. Our prayers are with you during these trying times.Harold Smith - July 28 at 10:10 AM
What a wonderful man he was! So very thankful that we were all introduced years ago and that I had the pleasure of having many conversations with him, about life, love, war and family. I’ll never forget the evening we discovered that Pop and my daddy were actually in the military together and we shed a tear together talking about my father’s passing years before. Pop always let it be known that Mom was the love of his life, as he too was hers. Oh the laughs we shared, the stories we told and the fun we had will be missed by many!! We have lost a great man!! Rest easy now Pop, we will see you again one day!!Mel - July 28 at 8:57 AM
What a flirt he was! He would do anything in the world for someone that he cared for or that just needed it. He also wasn't shy about expressing his thoughts, good or bad. You will be missed Rick! (Boobies)Sharla Lamar - July 28 at 8:11 AM
What can I say about Pop. I met him and Mary a couple of years ago and they both were always willing to let me tag along or sit at their table so I wouldn't be alone. Pop was always lots of fun. He gave the best hugs and always made me smile. He will be missed by all of us. Love you PopBrenda Rock - July 28 at 6:04 AM
I was blessed enough to have such a sweet relationship with this dear man who I knew as “Pop”. I worked at Carolina Ale house & that’s how I met him & Mary... I adore the both of them very much! He always gave me the biggest hugs & always kissed me on the cheek. He made everyone smile who he came in contact with & was such a joy to be around. He was a very loved man! My prayers are with Mary & the family. May he Rest In PeaceLexie - July 27 at 9:55 PM
Frank and I are sending our deepest prayers upon the passing away of Rick. He always was kind and friendly and a big part of our family events. He was a man of great integrity, and we so admire his service to 0ur country. All our love!Susan and Frank Reinhardt - July 27 at 7:01 PM
I was fortunate enough to work with Richard for a number of years in housing operations at Fort Gordon!. Consequently , I was able to see him at his best and worst! I enjoyed hearing some of his tales of his military experiences, but the basic things I recall hearing so much about was the happiness he had found with his true love, Mary! May he Rest In Peace! My prayers are with the family, especially Mary!Sheila. Connell - July 27 at 5:31 PM