Rev. James Payne
Posted: Friday, November 16, 2012 10:40 am
The Messenger, November 15, 2012
Completed arrangements are being announced for the Rev. James H. Payne Sr., 69, of Memphis, formerly of Rives, who died Nov. 11, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City.
Services will be 1 p.m. Monday at New Salem Missionary Baptist Church in Memphis, with the Rev. Frank E. Ray officiating. The wake will be held at Currie’s Funeral Home in Henning Sunday from 2-4 p.m.
He was born Oct. 3, 1943, son of the late Ruthie Mae Hall. He was reared on the former Botts Farm in Rives and was a graduate of the former Miles High School in 1962. He later attended the University of Memphis, where he studied business.
In the late 1960s, he was hired as the first African American department manager at the former Sears and Roebuck Co., located in Memphis, and in the early 1970s, he joined the Firestone Tire Co., where he was employed until the closure.
He professed a hope in Christ at an early age and was called into the ministry at the tender age of 19. He pastored his first church in Dresden and by age 23, he was the pastor of his first church in Brownsville.
He was a dedicated and loyal servant of the gospel, having preached and pastored for 50 years. He was the founding pastor of Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church in Brownsville and preached his last sermon Nov. 4, 2012.
He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Justine Payne of Memphis; four children and their spouses, Cynthia Y. Mack of Union City, Ina Ruth and David Moffatt of Gadsden, Ala., Kevin and Darsheka Payne of Atoka and James H. Payne II; two stepdaughters, Yaquanda Simms and Ebony Stevenson, both of Memphis; his stepson, Laderick Beasley; two adopted daughters, LaShawn Payne and Michelle Payne, both of Memphis; his god mother, Mrs. Boyd of Brownsville; his special friend, the Rev. Alexander of Memphis; 32 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and a host of friends and family.
He was preceded in death by his loving mother, Ruthie Mae Hall; his brother, Milton Thompson; and his grandparents, Harris Homer Payne and Christine Payne.