ROGERS - Sara Lou Payne Hoyt, 71, formerly of Jonesboro, went home to be with the Lord on April 21, 2018 at Mercy Hospital in Rogers. She was born on August 12, 1946 on the way to the Methodist Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Sara was delivered by her maternal grandmother, Henrietta Eller in the back of a 1946 Plymouth. Sara never had a great since of time.
Sara Lou was raised in Payneway (formally Harrisburg Corner), Ark. Sara was the only daughter of WR (Bob) Payne, Jr. and Mary Jane Eller Payne. Sara had four brothers, WR Payne III, William (Bill) Neal Payne, Albert Alan Payne and Robert Jeffery Payne. Sara graduated from Marked Tree High School in 1964. Sara was active in her local 4-H club and her Methodist Youth Fellowship. She played saxophone in the Marked Tree concert band and was a majorette for the marching band. She was a National Honor Society member and was part of the schoolís thespian group.
Sara spent the summer of 1967 in Kansas City, Mo. working and living with her Aunt Myra and Uncle Willy Schmite. Uncle Willy brought home a handsome young man named Daniel Rexford Hoyt. Dan worked with Uncle Willy at the City of Kansas City. Dan and Sara spent the summer dating and after a short courtship were married on December 16, 1967. Sara and Dan lived in Memphis while they finished their degrees. Sara graduated from Memphis State with a Home Economics teaching degree in 1968. They then moved to St. Joesph, Mo. and taught school for several years. They visited Europe several times prior to starting a family. Dan accepted a full time teaching position at Arkansas State University in 1976 bringing Sara back to her childhood stomping grounds.
Sara played an active part in numerous Arkansas State University students lives by acting as their college Mom. She loved to entertain and opened her home to students, faculty, and the community alike. She served her community as a Girl Scout leader, leader of the Greensboro 4-H Club, and was an active volunteer at the Brookland School District where her children attended. She served on the Brookland School Board from 1991-1995. She was an active member of the New Haven Family Community Education Club and a member of a local bridge club. Sara and her family were an active part of the First United Methodist Church of Jonesboro for many years.
Towards the end of Danís teaching career, Dan and Sara took numerous trips to Shanghai, China. While Dan taught class at the China Europe International Business School, Sara spent her time teaching students about American culture. Sara even figured out how to cook a Thanksgiving turkey with all the fixings in a wok.
In 2002, Dan and Sara moved to Florida to enjoy their retirement in Palm Bay. They were active at the Christ United Methodist Church. Sara continued to live in Florida after Dan passed away in 2007. She spent the years traveling between Arkansas and Florida to spoil her five grandchildren.
Sara was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 38 years, Daniel Rexford Hoyt, and two brothers, WR Payne III and William Neal (Bill) Payne.
Survivors include two children, Judith Danielle (Dani) Hoyt Straub and son-in-law Mike Straub, Audrey Elizabeth Hoyt Darnell and son-in-law Justin Darnell; four grandsons, Daniel Ray Darnell, Noah Robert Darnell, Alexander Matthew Straub and Jacob Ryan Darnell; one granddaughter, Molly Jane Straub; brothers, Alan Payne and Jeff Payne; brother-in-laws, Roger Hoyt, Ken Hoyt, and Howard Hoyt; sister-in-law Shelley Kneeland and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held April 27 at the Emerson Memorial Chapel in Jonesboro, Ark. and graveside services followed at Oaklawn Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to ASU Daniel Hoyt Human Resources Management Scholarship or the Daniel Hoyt International Business Scholarship.
Online registry at www.emersonfuneralhome.com.