Mary Payne


Mary Douglas Payne, age 93, of Carnesville, Georgia passed away Monday, November 27, 2017.

Born April 2, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Eva Eloise Vickery Sears Hooper and Thomas Walter Sears.  She was the wife of the late Herbert Winson Payne.  She was the mother of the late Durell Payne.  She was the sister of the late William “Bill” Sears. She was a clerk for Sullivan’s Drugs for 16 years.  She was a substitute teacher for 35 years with the Franklin County School System.  She had been a member of the Carnesville United Methodist Church since 1944.  She was a member of the Truitt Sunday School class for 44 years, the Athens Elbert UMW for 15 years, President of the Carnesville UMW for 15 years, and the Easter Star for 17 years.  She had been an active volunteer for the MVF Worker After School Program, and Cornerstone Ministries for 20 years.

She is survived by one son, Donnie Payne and wife Sharon, of Hiawassee, Ga; Three grandchildren:  Julie Payne, Leigh & Mike Blalock, and David & Kristen Payne; Four great-grandchildren:  Bradley Rogers, Hudson Blalock, Ellie Blalock, and Mary Charles Payne; Four sisters:  Nelda Taylor and Joyce Minor, of Athens, Ga; Linda Hooper, of Jefferson, Ga; and Doris Lewis, of Douglas, Ga; One brother:  Alvin Hooper, of Warner Robbins, Ga.

Services will be held at 2 pm Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at the Carnesville United Methodist Church.  Burial will follow at the Franklin Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 11am until the funeral hour at the funeral home. Condolences may be left at Flowers are optional but memorials may be made to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, 1577 Northeast Expressway, Suite A, Atlanta, GA 30329.



  1. Mary and Robert Duvall
    December 28, 2017 - 12:48 am

    So sorry to hear about Mary passing away, she was such a wonderful sweet and kind lady who always loved and cared for everyone. Robert and myself have known her all our lives, she was very special woman that we will never forget. We did not realize she had passed away until yesterday. We send our thoughts and love to her family and she had many friends whom loved her dearly including the two of us. She was close to both of our families. May she rest in peace and she is now being given her reward for all the good things she did for other people. Mary and Robert Duvall

  2. Payne family, please except my condolences on your loss. She was a very sweet lady!

  3. Words cannot describe how saddened I am to hear of Mrs. Mary’s passing. We used to go caroling to her house every year around Christmas, she was always very kind to me and my family. She was such a sweet, kind, and loving person and I will forever miss her and cherish the good Christmas times we had with her.

  4. Jean Kelley Davison
    November 29, 2017 - 6:27 pm

    So sorry for your loss !!
    Mary was a fine Christian lady that always had a sweet caring attitude to every person she met !!
    May God bless your family during these coming days !!

  5. I was Assistant Principal/Principal at Franklin County High School for 25+ years, and I can’t say enough about how much Mary meant to our school and our kids. She was faithful, loyal, enthusiastic, devoted , and always proud of being a part of all that was going on. She has left a legacy that few can ever claim.

  6. Stoney & Judy Farmer
    November 29, 2017 - 9:59 am


    You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this sad time. Your Mother was a very sweet and caring individual and she will be missed greatly. May God bless and comfort you during this time.

  7. Donnie, Sharon, and Family, I am so sorry to learn of your sorrow. When we visited with Mary a couple of weeks ago and saw her spirits so low because she was not able to walk anymore we were very concern, but never dreamed she would leave us so soon. Mary always wore a smile, loved everyone, had the most faith, the greatest prayer warrior, and the best friend anyone could ever wish for. Along with everyone else I will truly miss her. She always wore her angel pins and now she is our graudian angel. May God give each of you the comfort and needed strength now and for the days to come.

  8. (lucy)janeayersfisher
    November 28, 2017 - 8:03 pm

    I cannot remember a time in my growing up years that Mary was not a part of it. I attended Carnesville Methodist Church, as she did, a most devoted child of God, who never stopped giving love, care and comfort. I am thankful I was able to attend the final service at CMC and had a visit with Mary and Sharon. A precious lady who now is in her heavenly home and singing in God’s chorus.

  9. Mary Payne was an amazing person and had a heart the size of the moon! She truly loved all of the kids in our schools and the staff that she worked with. I saw her as a grandmother and I loved Mrs. Payne and she will truly be missed!

  10. Mary was like everyone’s Mother at Carnesville UMC. She loved music and always sang along when we sang the “old-timey” hymns! I always remember how much I loved hearing her pray…it was as though she was having a little chat directly with God! Now she’s right there beside him….

  11. Our sympathies go out to Donnie and Sharon and family at this time of loss. Though we didn’t know Mrs. Payne, by all the accounts spoken by her son, Donnie, she was a wonderful lady. She lived an independent life for many years and she will be missed, but not forgotten. May God Bless all especially Donnie at this time. Sincerely, Tom and Dolores Libby

  12. Evelyn Coleman Porchak
    November 28, 2017 - 11:15 am

    Mary always had a kind loving heart and a hug for you. She was so encouraging to me at Carnesville UMC. Now she is home with her Heavenly Father and singing loud!

  13. Donnie I am so sorry to hear of your Mama’s passing! Mary was one of those dear people who cared about everyone! She had a heart for anyone in need. She was a sweet lady and will be missed by her family, friends, church and community!

  14. Karen McClain Westbrook
    November 28, 2017 - 9:55 am

    Prayers for Donnie and the family. I loved Ms. Mary. She touched the lives of so many in a positive way. She was always so kind and gentle to everyone.

  15. Barbara Spurlock
    November 28, 2017 - 7:18 am

    The women of Bold Spring UMW were blessed to have Mary attend many of our meetings and special events. She always enjoyed visiting with everyone and had a kind word to share. I will remember Mary for her strength and perseverance during difficult health issues. Her sweet presence will be missed.

  16. Mary Payne is a model for true love, kindness, and compassion for others. I owe her much. Though she will be missed here and is mourned by many, I know she is rejoicing in heaven! Prayers for her family’s comfort during this difficult time.

  17. I will always remember, while we were at The Carnesville and Vanna churches. Ms. Mary would go with us to some functions at Vanna. One of those times she was sitting next to me and ask me what that was on my plate? I told her it was a pickled fig, so I gave her one of mine ….she ask me to go get her some. She loved them! She had never had them before. We felt very loved by Ms. Mary Payne while we were there and we loved her!we know you will love her, just remember all the great memories. Prayers for you all!

  18. Courtney Thornsbury
    November 27, 2017 - 11:18 pm

    So sorry to hear about Aunt Mary. Even though I haven’t seen her in many years, I always look forward to the beautiful Christmas and birthday cards that she faithfully sent. I have so many fond memories of Aunt Mary with Aunt Nelda while I was growing up and even at my wedding. Prayers for comfort and healing during this difficult time.

  19. Donnie and family,
    You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    J. D. and Vivian

  20. So sorry for lost, very sweet lady she will be missed by many

  21. Never could have asked for a sweeter substitute!! And the stories she always told me of my mom and dad!! She was deeply loved and will be deeply missed!!

  22. Precious lady. Fond memories of when I had her as a student. Always loved getting her as a substitute teacher. So sorry for your loss

  23. Carolyn Ten Broeck
    November 27, 2017 - 7:45 pm

    This is devastating. We met subbing in 1988 and became fast friends. She kept me up to date when my children were in school and we exchanged Christmas cards every year. I visited her every chance I got. I treasured her and will miss her sorely.

  24. So sorry to hear of Ms. Mary’s passing. As others have said, she was known to many of us as “Aunt Mary”, even if we weren’t related. She was well loved by many students and the community. She will be missed by all that knew her. My thoughts and prayers to her family.

  25. I knew her as Aunt Mary even though she wasn’t my real aunt. She treated me as family and I’m heartbroken to hear of her passing. She will be missed by many people!! She was such a sweet and thoughtful lady!! Prayers for her family!!

  26. Donnie, I am so sad to hear about Mary. I never saw her unless she gave me a big hug. She was an angel on earth but now she has her wings. I will miss her.., Mackie David.

  27. So Sorry to hear about the death of Mrs. Mary Payne! She was a wonderful lady and attended many function at Allens UMC, as well as those at her own church, Carnesville UMC. Mary was a delight, and will be dearly missed by everyone who knew her!

  28. Prayers for the family. Mrs Payne was so sweet and kind.

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