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Funeral Announced For Local Producer, Playwright Killed In Crash

Friends and family will gather this weekend to remember the life of a local playwright and producer killed in a car accident.

David Payton, of Greenville, died in a crash in South Carolina last Tuesday. He was 51 years old.

Payton's play "A Good Man Is Hard To Find" was produced into a movie in 2008.

A celebration of life is planned for Friday at 7 p.m. at Reimage Church in Winterville. Payton's funeral is scheduled for noon Saturday at Sycamore Hill Baptist Church in Greenville.

Payton leaves behind three children.



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Friends are remembering a local playwright and producer whose most famous work became a movie.

David Payton of Greenville died in a crash in South Carolina Tuesday. He was 51 years old.

A report in The Post and Courier newspaper in South Carolina says Payton lost control of his truck on I-95 in Colleton County, SC on Tuesday morning. The newspaper reported Payton was pinned underneath the truck and was killed. It's not clear why he crashed.

According to Vendetta Filmworks, Payton's play "A Good Man is Hard to Find" was based on Payton's life. “I was in a marriage where I gave all I could to be a good husband and father, yet my wife was unfaithful," Payton said. "I took my experience of heartache and forgiveness and created a story that brought the reality of life, love, marriage and fidelity to the stage.”

"A Good Man is Hard to Find" was nominated as "Play of the Year" by the NAACP in 1993 and is considered a classic in the African American community. It was produced into a movie in 2008.

We have no information at this time on any funeral arrangements.


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