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Obituary for Kenneth Eugene "K.E." Payne

Kenneth Eugene “K.E.” Payne, 92, died on Sunday, November 5, 2023, surrounded by his loving family in Roanoke, Virginia.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Sylvia Ferguson Payne, son, Rick Payne, and daughter-in-law, Debbie. Forever cherished and remembered by his grandchildren Corey Payne (Lydia Brantingham-Payne), and Kendal Colley (Rob Colley); step-grandchildren Amy Kingery, Adam Baber, and Beth Baber. His memory lives on with his great-grandchildren Graham and Hudson Payne, and Gabrielle and Gwendolyn Colley.

He was predeceased by his son, Kevin Payne, and his parents, Mark Payne and Rebecca Kelley Payne; sister, Thelma Hartman, and brothers Everett and Claude Payne.

K.E. was strong-willed and stubborn at times, but he also had an enormous heart and strong work ethic. A born entrepreneur he was clever and full to the brim with knowledge gained through all of his life experiences: founder and co-owner of W.H.P.T. Trucking and Mulch n'More.

He was generous, loyal, and kind until the day he died. He loved spending time outdoors whether it be enjoying the Smokey Mountains, riding his tractor, or sitting on the front porch entertaining his grandkids with a good joke. He was a faithful longtime member of Brookhill Baptist Church. He will be missed dearly.

Visitation will be Wednesday, November 8, 2023, from 11-1 p.m. and service immediately following at Brookhill Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Brookhill Baptist Church.