Charles Laud Payne

Monday, August 10, 2015
Charles Laud Payne

Charles Laud Payne, age 81, of Metropolis, Ill., passed away at Massac Memorial Hospital in Metropolis, at 3:42 p.m., Thursday, August 6, 2015. On June 9, 1934, Charles was born to Laud and Mary F. (Little) Payne in Piggott, Ark, where he was also raised.

Charles married Dana Cox on June 5, 1954. He graduated from the University of Arkansas in Jonesboro and then served his country in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958 as a medical service officer. Mr. Payne worked for Allied for a short time as a chemist, then went back to Arkansas and worked for his family newspaper and printing business. Charles was called back to Allied and eventually worked in production as a foreman until his retirement. He was an active pilot, a past member of the Civil Air Patrol and of the Baptist faith. Charles and his family loved camping and fishing.

Charles is survived by his wife of 61 years, Dana; one daughter, Dona Rene Walker and husband Ricky; seven grandchildren, Amber Jeffords, Kelsey Ballard, Kristen Brugger, Blake Wetherington, Jarrett Nunley, Jamison Wilson and Dana Wilson; six great-grandchildren, Emma Brugger, Reed Brugger, Knox Wetherington, Daniel Nunley and Kate Nunley.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two daughters, Lisa Dotson and Vickie Wetherington.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15, in Piggott Cemetery with Hoggard and Sons Funeral Home of Piggott, Ark., in charge of the arrangements.

A memorial service will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Aikins-Farmer Funeral Home, in Metropolis, Ill.

Online condolences may be left a www.aikinsfarmer-millerfh.com

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorials be made to the Piggott Public Library.