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John I. Payne, age 75, of 308 Willens Gap Road, Mountain City, Tennessee, passed away Sunday, October 11, 2015 at his home after a lengthy illness. He was born in Johnson County, Tennessee on June 29, 1940 to the late Ulysses Payne and Lucille Ramsey Payne. In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by six brothers: Ray Payne, Lawrence Payne, Walter Payne, Spencer Payne, Carl Payne, and Raymond Hammons; four sisters: Blanche Farmer, Mabel Simcox, Dessie Head, and June Hammons.
He was a retired carpenter. John enjoyed going to the flea markets with his wife and sons, working puzzles, and repairing watches after he became ill.
Survivors include his wife, Muriel Payne; two sons: Spencer Ray Payne and John Douglas Payne; one grandson, Johnny Ray Payne; one great grandson, Jayden Lynn Payne; two sisters: Betty Eller and Cora Mae Head Stout and several nieces and nephews.
At John’s request, there will be no public viewing, just a private viewing for the immediate family.
John was laid to rest in the Farmer – Payne Cemetery in the Forge Creek community (Willens Gap) at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, October 12, 2015 with Minister Josh Giddings presiding. Pallbearers were Walter Simcox, Eric Hammons, Bill Hammons, Mike Shupe, Gene Brown, and Ross Dowell. Honorary pallbearer was Jim Head and Wallace Lewis
Friends may call at the residents at 308 Willens Gap Road in Mountain City at any time.
Per John’s request no flowers please.
Condolences may be sent to the family at
The family of John I. Payne has entrusted his services to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, TN 37683.