Ray Payne

Thursday, March 24, 2005

SIKESTON, Mo. -- Ray Eugene Payne, 56, of Sikeston died Monday, March 21, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau.

He was born March 21, 1949, in Sikeston, son of Orville Ray and Evelyn Loretta Jordan Howard. He and Glenda Fay Jenkins were married May 21, 1966.

Payne had been pastor of Community Church of God, loaded trucks for Malone and Hyde, and was a machine serviceman for Burch Foods before retiring.

He was a member of New Life Fellowship in New Madrid, Mo.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Michael "Mike" Payne of Scott Air Force Base, Ill., Jedidiah "Jed" Payne of Royal Air Force Base, England; two daughters, Angela Sutton and Wendy Jones of Sikeston; three brothers, Lee Payne of Bloomfield, Mo., Randy Payne of Chaffee, Mo., Tim Payne of Sikeston; three sisters, Loretta Holland of Ypsilanti, Mich., Robin Hayes of Malden, Mo., Alethea Roper of Sikeston; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister.

Friends may call at Ponder Funeral Home from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Scott Sutton officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.