Thomas Jackson Payne was the youngest of three sons born to the late Will Payne and Louise Grant Payne in Americus, Georgia on May 11, 1930. With a 3rd grade education from within the Sumter County Public School System, Mr. Payne went on to become a sharecropper and self-made carpenter that built cabinets for many families here in Fort Pierce, FL. Mr. Payne was well known for his wooden “piggy” banks. He was affectionately known sometimes as “Tee” or “Bank Man” by his family and friends.
Mr. Payne later married Bernice Chisholm Payne and the couple was blessed with three daughters. He was a member of Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. R.J. Clifton, Rev. Dr. Howard D. Coleman, and currently Rev. Kwame D. Alston. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge.
Mr. Payne loved the Lord and raised his family watching a lot of Billy Graham Evangelistic Ministries, Pastor T.D. Jakes, and Pastor Creflo Dollar. After retirement, he enjoyed spending time with his family. Some of his favorite hobbies were going to the Fort Pierce Jai-Alai and Palm Beach Dog Track, as well as, playing poker and watching football and baseball.
Mr. Payne departed his earthly life on January 11, 2021 at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center. He was preceded in death by the love of his life of 57 years, his wife, Bernice C. Payne aka “My Bunny Rabbit,”; one son; parents, Will Payne and Louise Grant Payne; brothers, Frank and Hilton Payne.
Left to cherish his precious memories are his three loving daughters, Evelyn Chisholm, Janice Payne, and Carolyn(Richard)Payne-Smith all of Fort Pierce, FL; son, Mr. Payne of Americus, GA; granddaughters, Cynthia Chisholm and Allison Hurst both of Vero Beach, FL and Acashia Lavigeour of Atlanta, GA; grandsons, Carl Chisholm, Derrick(Kandy)Chisholm, and Gabriel Hurst of Fort Pierce, FL, Erin(Stacey)Payne of Port St. Lucie, FL, Justin(Kamisha)Payne of Port Orange, FL, and Mason Hurst of Atlanta, GA; 15 great grand children; one great-great grandchild; nieces, Jeanette Payne, Annette Payne, and Martha Payne Barnum all of Americus, GA; nephews, Hilton “Bro” Payne and Bobby(Alice)Payne both of Americus, GA; and a host of other relatives and sorrowing friends who will him dearly.
Public viewing for Thomas Jackson Payne will take place on Friday, January 22, 2021 from 3:00pm-7:00pm at Stone Brothers Funeral Home in Fort Pierce, FL. Funeral services will convene on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church in Fort Pierce, FL beginning at 1:30pm.
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