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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.
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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.


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Looking over Memorabilia of life of Rev. Joe Payne



2017-11-18 - Wheet Hall, First Church of the Nazarene, 1200 Jamestown Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
It was getting time for the Thanksgiving luncheon in memory of Joe Payne to begin.this morning at Wheet Hall, and fellow ministers Rev. Gerald & Rev. Laverne Reliford, and Rev. Bobby Bowe took some last moments looking over items displayed by Payne family. - Linda Waggener

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Rev. C.R. Payne was Master of Ceremonies



2017-11-19 - 1200 Jamestown Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
Rev. C.R. Payne, at the podium, was Master of Ceremonies at the Thanksgiving community luncheon. He introduced those on the program including Rev. Bobby Bowe, left, who gave the invocation; Rev. Tom Legg, pastor of Columbia First Church of the Nazarene, who prayed over the meal before everyone began to share in the bounty; and at right on the stage Rev. Billy Payne who was the one who conceived of the idea and led in organization of the event in honor of his brother. He also introduced VFW Commander Joe Hare and members of the Presentation of Colors; family members and guests in attendance. At the table in front of the stage are members of Rev. Joseph Payne's immediate family.

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In the kitchen with the Payne family, remembering J.B.



2017-11-19 - 1200 Jamestown Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
Food was one of the things Bro. Joseph Payne loved and it seemed appropriate when the event in his memory was organized to include a meal for the whole community to feed everyone, whether they were able to donate to it or not. When Bro. Billy Payne began organizing the event, he enlisted the help of all his family and friends who he knew would bring it together. From left in the photo are a few who contributed and worked with the food: Phyllis Payne, Mike Payne, Timmy Payne, Sharon Payne, Sheila Payne, Mary Lee Payne, Marjorie Payne, Teresa Payne, and Melissa Hughes. The menu included the traditional Thanksgiving fare of turkey, ham, dressing, vegetables and every kind of dessert.

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Sister Sharon Payne called the Songbird of the family



2017-11-19 - 1200 Jamestown Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
When Rev. C.R. introduced the song by sister Sharon Payne, he said she is "the Songbird of the family." That affirmation was applauded as there are few in this area who haven't heard and been moved by her incredible voice. Before she sang, she said it as one of the favorites that her brother J.B. always asked her to sing -- 'When you see me coming, I've got Jesus on my mind.' Audience voices blended in, joining her masterful acapella lead, and filled the large gathering hall to the roof with Christian praise in song. -- LW

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Payne family keepsake photo shared at Thanksgiving gathering



2017-11-19 - 1200 Jamestown Street, Columbia, KY - Photo from the family collection.
This keepsake photo was made when their three sons were younger and it was among the items shared at the community gathering by Marjorie Payne. She is seated at right beside her husband, the Rev. Joseph B. Payne, whose passing a year ago sparked family and friends to honor his lifetime contributions with a special event. Sons behind them, from left, are: J.T. who works in Lexington; Jacob who works in Cold Springs, KY; and Joshua who works in Saudi Arabia. Jacob spoke for himself and his brothers, remembering their father's influence and love. Marjorie said she was thankful for the 35 years she had with Joe and was very grateful for this special event to remember him.

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Remembering Joe Payne from first meeting at Brushy Fork



2017-11-20 - Berea, KY - Photo photo of file photo by Kay Bowman.
The Community Thanksgiving luncheon in memory of Rev. Joe Payne brought together many who held him in a special place in their memories. The first time I met Joe was at the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce sponsored workshop at Berea College's Brushy Fork Institute where our group focused on ways to help our community. Joe was a natural leader, energized and ready to tackle any big idea that could help people. The project that resulted was called "Lead Adair". There are many alums. The photo is from columbiamagazine.com archives from that year, 2004.

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