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OBIT: Mrs. Sarah Payne, Age 84, Of Brush Creek

Mrs. Sarah Payne, age 84 of Brush Creek died at 12:15 p.m. Friday afternoon December 29, 2017 at the Tennova Health Care in Lebanon where she was admitted December 16th.

Her nephew, Bro. Shane Smith, officiated at the 11 a.m. Monday morning January 1st funeral services from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Burial followed beside her husband in the Gordonsville Cemetery.

Born Sara Lou Smith in the Chestnut Mound Community on March 18, 1933, she was one of eight children of the late Grover Cleveland Smith who died July 22, 1978 at the age of 91 and Mary Alice Watts Smith who died December 2, 1973 at the age of 66.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Bro. Jerry Smith who died in 2006 at the age of 69, also on December 29th, the same as Mrs. Sarah, Frank Smith who died November 10, 2015 at the age of 84 and J. C. Smith who died as an infant at the age of 3 on September 24, 1928.

In Rossville, Georgia on April 7, 1951, she was united in marriage to Pea Ridge Community native Robert Lee “R. L.” Payne who preceded her in death following over sixty three years of marriage on April 15, 2014 at the age of 87.

The Payne’s were preceded in death by a step-grandson, Travis Shane Denton who died at the age of 40 on October 6, 2011.

Mrs. Payne was a longtime nurse technician at the former Carthage General Hospital.

She attended Gordonsville High School and was a member of the Riddleton Baptist Church.

Surviving are her five children, a daughter, Kathy Payne Fox of Brush Creek and four sons, Buddy Payne and wife Karen, Benny Payne and wife Wanda all of the Sykes Community, Southern Baptist minister, Bro. Donnie Payne and wife Denise of the Club Springs Community, Mark Payne and wife Kellie of Brush Creek; two sisters, Rosie Jones and husband T. J. and Betty Jo Jones all of Lebanon; two brothers, Robert Smith of Mt. Juliet, Troy Smith and wife Estella of Gordonsville; eight grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.