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P.O. Box 319, 101 N. Second Street
McGehee, AR 71654
Phone: (870) 222-3232
Fax: (870) 222-4801

James "Early" Payne

Saturday, March 17th, 1945 - Monday, November 30th, 2020
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James “Early” Payne, 75, of Halley, Arkansas passed away Monday, November 30, 2020 at Chicot Memorial Medical Center. He was born on March 17, 1945 in Lake Village, Arkansas to the late Ellis and Myra Fowler Payne.
Bro. Early had a natural smile and a winning personality. He was a gifted musician and could play several instruments. He was a talented song leader and was the former Pastor at Grace Freewill Baptist Church in McGehee, AR. Bro Early was devoted to Bible study and was a member of Halley Baptist Church. He preached at Dermott Nursing Home for 11 years. Bro. Early formally worked for Thermo Gas of Lake Village, Cargill Pillsbury Grain Elevators and was also the manager for P&W Concrete Company in McGehee for 17 years, until his health forced him into retirement. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Hubert, Faburn, L.D., Lamar and Robert Payne; sisters, Maxine Evins, Loreada Virden and Doris Matthews.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Paulette Waldrup Payne; brothers, Norman Payne of Little Rock, AR and Millard Payne of North Little Rock, AR and his chocolate lab “Cocoa”.
Visitation will be 10-10:45 am Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at Griffin-Culpepper Funeral Service in McGehee, AR. Graveside service will follow at 11 am at Halley Cemetery with Bro. Philip Payne officiating. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice Homecare Inc. , 990 Hwy 425 North, Monticello, AR 71655.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020 | 10:00am - 10:45am
    Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020 10:00am - 10:45am
    Griffin-Culpepper Funeral Service MC
    101 N. 2nd St.
    McGehee, AR 71654
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  • Service

    Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020 | 11:00am
    Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020 11:00am
    Halley Cemetery
    Hwy. 159 South
    DERMOTT, AR 71638
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    Graveside Service
    Bro. Philip Payne
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    Halley Cemetery
    Hwy. 159 South
    DERMOTT, AR 71638
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Posted at 03:34pm
Paulette, so sorry to hear about you losing your husband. Think of and Praying for you. Lee McQueen

Gail Henry Hammil

Posted at 09:43am
Paulette, I was sorry to hear that you had lost your husband. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family through this difficult time. May God give you comfort and peace. I have often wondered about you and wondered where you were. Fond memories of our friendship in high school, I'm in Star City. 870-510-1038, leave me a msg and I'll call you back. Love Gail

Donna Waldrup Odum

Posted at 08:43am
Paulette - I'm so sorry to hear about Early's death, but I know he'd been sick for a long time. I'm happy for him, but wish It didn't hurt so much do give him up from here. Love you much and will be praying for you!

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