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Rev. Joseph B. Payne commemorated at Thanksgiving luncheon
Community Thanksgiving luncheon honors the life and works of the Rev. Joseph B. Payne Saturday November 18th 2017 at Wheet Fellowship Hall.
Related: Pastor Payne died one year ago. Pastor Joseph B. Payne, 64, Adair Co., KY (1951-2016)
Photo at left, C.R. Payne, was emcee for the commemorative celebration.
By Linda Waggener
Each person at the community Thanksgiving luncheon was missing him. Some held him in their hearts as their husband, brother, uncle, close friend, J.B., some as their long-time pastor the Rev. Joseph B. Payne, and some who worked alongside him in the many organizations he supported as Joe.
However he's held in our hearts, the one who put it in the most understandable language was his son Jacob, who said, "I miss hearing my dad's voice. I miss being able to call up and say 'Hey Pops, how did you do that barbecue sauce?' Or, 'Hey Pops, something's wrong with my car, what should I do?' And he always helped."
Jacob's words, added to the eloquent words of his lovely mother, Marjorie, were among the most poignant in the program that preceded the potluck community meal.
New Life for the Nations pastor Gerald Reliford said, "Bro. Joe Payne and Pastor Lewis Haynes and I met at our church every Friday over 15 years -- we were the ones who didn't move on to another community, the ones who stayed in this area and the ones each other could depend on. I was in the hospital recovering from a death experience Feb 4, 2016 -- I was dead for thirty minutes. They brought me back, but one week later when Bro. Joe died, they didn't tell me right away because they felt I wasn't strong enough. When they did tell me, I broke down and cried." Rev. Haynes gave his agreement. Laverne Reliford added, "through his jail ministries, our son in law Ricardo Hughes responded to Bro. Joe, and gave his life to Jesus." They were among the many at the Thanksgiving community meal who shared how deeply they felt the loss of Bro. Joe Payne.
Rev. C.R. Payne was Master of Ceremonies, Rev. Bobby Bowe gave the invocation, VFW Commander Joe Hare lead the Presentation of Colors, Rev. Tom Legg, pastor of Columbia First Church of the Nazarene, prayed over the meal before everyone began to share in the bounty.
When the song by sister Sharon Payne was introduced by Rev. C.R., he said, "she is the Songbird of the family." Before she began, she said she'd chosen one of the favorites that her brother J.B. always asked for -- 'When you see me coming, I've got Jesus on my mind.' Audience voices blended in, joining her masterful lead, and filled the large gathering hall to the roof with Christian praise in song.
Rev. Joe Payne had served so many individuals and organizations during his lifetime a few were listed on the program, including: Lake Cumberland Area Development District, Adair County Ministerial Association, Chamber of Commerce, chaplain at Westlake Hospital, Jail Ministry, Homeplace on Green River, Adair County Drug Court, Adair County School Board, he was founder of the Agape House, and for 25 years he pastored Eunice Church of God.
For more information about the annual event and how to help, contact any member of the family or the committee that organized the event including: Rev. Billy Payne, Marjorie Payne, Rev. Bobby Bowe, Pamela Hoots, Billy Wheat, Sharon Payne, Dwight Taylor, Phyllis Payne, Ann Melton and Linda Waggener.
This story was posted on 2017-11-19 07:21:23
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