Louie Payton

The late Lewis "Big Louie" Payton

Coach Woody Hunt spearheads effort --

Cumberland University's multi-Hall of Fame baseball coach Woody Hunt misses his pal.

Louis "Big Louie" Payton passed away in January of 2014 at the age of 62 after suffering though a series of health-related issues.

A friend and confidant to Coach Hunt for most of his tenure at Cumberland, Payton could often be found hanging out with the players in the baseball clubhouse, the cafeteria or in Cumberland's Memorial Hall.

"Louie and I had some great talks," Hunt said. "Once a year he'd address the team and the players loved it. He was a big part of our program."

Hunt is in the beginning stages of putting together a "memory book" of sorts about his longtime friend.

He is asking folks from the community to email their fondest memories and funniest stories about Louie to be included in the publication.

"I'm in the middle of securing sponsorship for the cover art and printing," Hunt said. "This way we can keep the cost down."

The email address is as follows memoriesoflouiepayton@gmail.com.

Plans call for proceeds of the book to be donated to Prospect Inc. Prospect provides support services and employment to people who have disabilities or other barriers to personal independence.

Louie was the son of the late William Lee and Doris Braden Pennington Payton.

His survivors include: sister Johnie Payton and brothers Billy and Michael Payton.

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