He was born March 12, 1951, in Adair County, to the late William and Christine Williams Payne. He was Pastor of Eunice Church of God, a U.S. Army Veteran, founder and director of the Agape House, a member of the Adair Drug Court, a board member of the Lake Cumberland Area Development District, board member of the Homeplace on Green River, served a term on the Adair County School Board and served on numerous other boards and committees.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Amanda Weathers.
His wife – Marjorie Barnett Payne of Columbia
Three sons – Jacob Payne of Cincinnati, Ohio, Joshua Bruce Payne of Saudi Arabia, Joseph Thomas Payne of Atlanta, Georgia
Nine brothers – Billy Ray (Beverly) Payne of Columbia, James Arthur (Ernestine) Payne of Delaware, Richard (Cheryl) Payne of Michigan, Henry (Janet) Payne of Danville, Larry (Reggie) Payne of Virginia, C.R. (Teresa) Payne of Danville, George Michael (Joann) Payne of Columbia, David (Sharon) Payne of Danville, Timmy (Yuvondra) Payne of Bardstown
Five sisters – Mary Lee Hendrickson of Columbia, Carolyn (Bobby) Cox of Elizabethtown, Sharon, Phyllis & Sheila Payne all of Columbia
One grandchild – Genesis Payne
Several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends
Funeral service – Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at Eunice Church of God
Burial in Haven Hill Cemetery with full military honors presented by V.F.W. Post 6097
Visitation on Tuesday from 2:00-8:00 P.M. and 6:00-7:30 A.M. Wednesday at Grissom-Martin Funeral Home and after 8:00 A.M. Wednesday at the church
Grissom-Martin Funeral Home in charge of arrangements