Kirmon W. McPayten
May 7, 2013
Kirmon William McPayten was born to the late William McPayten and Ada Smith McPayten in Washington, DC. He was educated in the public schools of the District of Columbia and attended Armstrong High School. “Mac”, as he was known to most, was joined in matrimony to the former Ruth E. Banks in 1953 and to this union was born three children, Denise, Richard and Kirmon.
A US Army veteran, Mac served in World War II in the European Theatre of Operations. He was honorably discharged in 1946 and was conferred with the Good Conduct Medal, the European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon, the American Theater Ribbon, the World War II Victory Ribbon and a letter of thanks from President Harry Truman.
Mac was a former taxi driver, a former employee of the Pentagon and retired in 1981 with 26 years of service from the US Government Printing Office. He was a Prince Hall Mason affiliated with Harmony Lodge 22. Mac was also a “jack of all trades” and was known to repair and/or refinish furniture, paint and panel, clean floors, carpets and cars---you name it. He was a good dancer and cook (who began baking in his later years) and also enjoyed taking and/or posing for pictures, and fishing. He could be a real talker, where his conversations would often center on his children and grandchildren. Mac was a member of the Local 713-S Retiree Club and an avid Redskins fan whose Redskins paraphernalia could be found in his car, his closet, and throughout his home.
Early years of Christian experience were spent as a member of the Friendship Baptist Church, in southwest Washington, DC. Mac joined Bethesda Baptist Church in February 1965, under the pastorate of the late Reverend Dr. John D. Bussey, where he joined the Senior Choir. After a number of years away from Bethesda, he restored his membership in 2006 and made a conscious decision to be “re”-baptized in 2011. He participated with the Men’s Ministry and Sick Visitation Ministry, wherein he drove the church van for a brief period.
The life, memories, and love Mac left behind will always be cherished by his loving children, Denise Elizabeth McPayten-Nedab, Reverend Richard Felix McPayten [Pier], and Kirmon Alexander McPayten [Christine]; grandchildren Nicole McPayten-Nicols[Francis], Felicia Renata Nedab, David Joseph McPayten, and Sherita Aunae McPayten; great grandson Osias James McPayten; adopted daughter Josephine Agnew; adopted grandchildren JoLinda Agnew and Anthony Agnew; a devoted caretaker and friend Louise “Weezie” Jordan; former spouse and friend Ruth Elizabeth Banks McPayten; and beloved nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by an only sibling, Garrison Smith and his eldest son Christian “Chris” Cephus.
Family will receive friends, Wednesday, May 15 at BETHESDA BAPTIST CHURCH, 1808 Capitol Avenue, NE, Washington, DC (map/directions) at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Bethesda Baptist Church JD Bussey Scholarship. Interment at Ft. Lincoln Cemetery in Bladensburg, Md (map/directions). Services entrusted to Bianchi Funeral Service, LLC.
Visiting - Bethesda Baptist Church, Washington - 10:00 a.m.
Interment - Fort Lincoln Cemetery