Reverend Payne was born Nettleton, Mich., a son of the late Reverend Ewell and Vera Minga Payne. He was a graduate of Mars Hill College and attended Southeastern Theological Seminary. One of the highlights of his life was serving the Cherokee Indians from 1947-57 where he built many churches across the Reservation.
He was a member of Faith Lutheran Chapel, Pickens and also Keowee Lodge #79. He was formerly a pastor of Crescent Hill Baptist in Pickens and also served as a photographer of The South Carolina Baptist Convention.
Survivors include three daughter, Kathy Barnett (Richard) of Easley, SC, Elizabeth Seay (Al) of Gastonia, and Susan Walters of Reevesville, SC; grandchildren, Kristin Thibodeaux (Corey), Justin Cassell (Bethany), Brandon McCombs, Brian McCombs, Christopher Seay, Jim Barnett, Shannon Seay, Carrie Anne Seay, Whitney Mellis (William) and Jessica Walters; great grandchildren, Jonathan Cardona, Lexi Cassell, Maci and Chance Mellis, Ashton Seay,Evie Seay, Braxton; a number of nieces and nephews; and a special friend with WPO Louise Young.
Reverend Payne was predeceased by his wife, parents, brother Tommy Payne and son-in-law Carl Walters.
A funeral service was held on Friday, March 20 at Dillard Funeral Home.
A message of condolence may be expressed to the family by visiting www.DillardFuneral.com
Memorials may be made to the Youth at Faith Lutheran Chapel, 729 West Main Street, Pickens, SC 29671.