Born May 2, 1923 in Watauga County, Mrs. Payne was a daughter of the late Clarence and Beulah Younce Broyhill and the wife of the late Rex Payne.
Other than her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Virginia Greene; son-in-law, Ernest Greene; 3 brothers, J.D. Broyhill, Burl Broyhill, Dewey Broyhill; and one sister, Evelyn Cole.
She is survived by: 3 sons, Colen Payne and wife, Shirley, of Lenoir, David Payne and wife, Tammy, of Lenoir, Roger Payne of Hudson; 2 daughters, Patricia Townsend and husband, Woody, of Lenoir, Diane Suttle and friend, Joe, of Todd; one sister, Opal Greene of Fleetwood; 20 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
A celebration of Mrs. Payne’s life was held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 23, at Liberty Grove Baptist Church in Deep Gap with the Rev. Edd Warren officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
The family received friends from 1-2 p.m., one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.
Pallbearers were Steven Greene, Scott Greene, Gary Greene, Allen Greene, Dennis Yates, and Tray Sheets.
Memorials may be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood Street, Lenoir, NC 28645.
Online condolences may be sent to the Payne Family at www.evansfuneralservice.com
Evans Funeral Service of Lenoir is serving the Payne Family.