Jimmy went home to the Lord on March 9, 2011, at Archbold Memorial Hospital, Thomasville, GA, after an extended illness. He was born on April 8, 1940, in Adairsville, GA, and had been a resident of Cairo since 1985.
Honorary pallbearers were Deacons of Cairo First Baptist Church and members of the Baraca Sunday School Class.
Jimmy was a simple, self-educated man who touched many people throughout his lifetime with his quiet dedication to doing the Lord’s work and giving of himself, whenever the opportunity arose. He led by example and the high morals he exhibited during his life impacted not only his family, but those around him in the workplace and in everyday life.
Jimmy is survived by his wife of 50 years, Barbara Ritter Payne of Cairo; son and daughter-in-law, David and Joy Payne of Thomasville; daughters and sons-in-law, Lisa and Victor Hurst of Conyers and Susan and Brett Phillips of Cairo; and grandchildren Austin, Garrett and Ashlee Payne of Thomasville, Cole, Claire and Emalee Ryan Phillips of Cairo and Tori and Lorne Hurst of Conyers.
Other survivors include: sister and brother-in-law, Diann and Norman Parker of Adairsville; niece Linda Faye Cornelius of Tallahassee, Florida; a nephew Charles Holcomb of Deer Park, Texas; numerous nieces and nephews; and his beloved Boston Terrier “Jack”.
He was preceded in death by his parents Charles Richard Payne and Ruby Wilkey (Payne) Curby.
Jimmy was a member and deacon of Cairo First Baptist Church and a member of the Gideons and Woodmen of the World Lodge #580. He participated in the Georgia Campers On Missions and served with the Missions Volunteers and English as a Second Language Grady County. He was also involved with numerous missionary and evangelistic projects associated with the Georgia Baptist Convention.
Jimmy worked with Winn-Dixie for 25 years in Thomasville and Tallahassee, Florida and retired from Harvey’s, Inc., in Cairo, as a store manager.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Lewis Hall Oncology Center, 919 South Broad St., Thomasville, GA, 31792 or Cairo First Baptist Church Mission Funds, P. O. Box 1538, Cairo, GA, 39828.
Guests may sign the online register at www.clarkfuneral.com.
Clark Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.