OBITUARY

Joe Stanley Payne

July 9, 1935January 4, 2019
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It is with a heavy heart and a deep sense of grief that we share the passing of my husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend who died peacefully surrounded by his family.

Joe Stanley Payne, Age 83, of Atlanta, GA and Highlands, NC, formerly of Ellijay, GA, passed away on January 4, 2019, after years of declining health, following a long and valiant 7 year battle with Lewy Body Dementia. He battled this disease with a great attitude, kindness, and gratitude for his caregivers. He was born in Rome, GA, to the late Sherman Payne and Margaret Tucker Payne. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Kenneth Sherman Payne (11/26/32 – 6/15/34). He was a very proud former member of Troop # 36 B.S.A and earned the rank of Eagle Scout and Order of the Arrow in the Northwest Georgia Council and a graduate of Rome High School ‘53, attended Marion Military Institute, and was accepted at the United States Military Academy at West Point, graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in Industrial Management in 1957 and a MBA from Florida State University in 1973. Joe was a beloved, devoted, loving and supportive husband of 49+ years to Joan Valentine Payne. He was an affectionate, encouraging, proud father, grandfather and friend to nearly anyone he met. Together they shared a life of devotion to each other and their family. Although, Joe’s many professional accomplishments and successes were far reaching and of great impact to many, family was what he held most dear to his heart. It was evident that family was number one in every aspect of his life as he was devoted to spending time with loved ones. Joe was devoted to his alma mater. He loved sports, and especially the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. He was an avid “Ramblin Wreck” to the core, a “Yellow Jacket”, a “Tech Man” and had a passion for Georgia Tech athletics. As Joe said: “my experiences made at Georgia Tech have remained with me all my life.” But everyone knew that his sports passion was football and his loyalty was with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. He was president of the GT Alumni Association Club/Florida Space Coast Georgia Tech Club during the years 1970-73, and is a member of the Golden Givers Alumni, donors with 50 years or more of consecutive giving to the GT Alumni Association, and was very proud to be an alumnus of this well respected institution and supporter of the Annual roll Call for 60 consecutive years. He was an A–T member for 32 consecutive years. He enjoyed season tickets to football and basketball with his wife. Many fine days with family and friends were spent on the Flats in support of the Jackets. Joe served as Georgia Tech, Ernest Scheller Jr., College of Business, as an advisory Board member. Avid and faithfully followed Atlanta Braves and Atlanta Falcons teams too. First and foremost, Joe was a remarkable, selfless individual dedicated to his family and faith. Secondly, he was an inspiring and exceptional leader. And then a friend. His warm personality and smile, kind heart, and generous and caring spirit, made everyone who came in contact with him respect him dearly. Equally blessed in intellect, graciousness and an unfailing integrity, he was a teacher and role model of purpose and meaning. His entire career was in the area of accounting and Finance. Joe was trusted and admired by his peers. Upon graduation from Georgia Tech, Joe joined General Electric which took him to Cleveland, OH and St. Lewis, MO. He then joined FMC in Fredericksburg, VA. His career then took him to Melbourne, FL where he joined a company by the name of Radiation, Inc. in 1966, and became a “Radiator” which eventually became Harris Corporation in 1967. He was transferred to Atlanta in 1983, which brought him back to his beloved native Georgia roots. After a successful 35+ year career, Joe retired with Lanier Worldwide/Harris Corporation as a devoted executive and their Chief Financial Officer. He was a 25+ year member of Financial Executives Organization, Atlanta chapter. Even in retirement, Joe generously offered his advice and wisdom to all who asked, and served many years as a Volunteer with SCORE Atlanta. Joe worked tirelessly for 25+ years as a co-chairman for the Rome High School, Class of 1953, collecting and managing the database for his high school class so they could enjoy the many get together with classmates at their reunions. Joe was a man with a deep faith and a love for the church. He was an active devoted member of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church and a member of the Blazers Sunday School class. He possessed the natural skill of yard work, gardening, and growing vegetables. He always had an immaculate yard which he took so much pride in. He loved the mountains. In his retirement, nothing gave him more happiness than the time together with his grandchildren and for his grandchildren to come and visit him at his mountain home in Ellijay on the Cartecay River. He enjoyed vegetable gardening, gardening, growing flowers, and bird watching. His children were his pride. His grandchildren were his joy. Joe was a gentleman. He set a high mark for integrity, honesty, fairness, faithfulness, generosity, and selflessness. In his later years, after Lewy Body Dementia set in, Joe took delight living in the mountains at Cullasaja Club in Highlands, NC. He will always be remembered for his quiet wisdom and strength that spoke louder than words and for his deep devotion to his family. He was a prior member: United States Croquet Association and loved Croquet at Cullasaja Club and was known for playing with the “yellow ball.” He was a member of the Camp Sidney Dew Boy Scout Camp Alumni Association, Rome, GA. Joe believed strongly in volunteerism and being a part of the community. Joe’s excellence in business sector was legendary but it was his role as husband, father and grandfather that was exceptional. He showered his family with his immeasurable love, with his abundant wisdom and his unending generosity. His blue eyes twinkled with warmth and kindness. He was a great man, a true and loyal friend, and a person with great honesty. He was defined by his unwavering integrity, by his strong work ethic. He loved reading, he loved to motivate, to teach and to encourage. He loved any and all chocolate candy, and most music including Frank Sinatra. He had a smile that lit every room that he entered, a smile that melted the coldest heart, and an inspiring way about him. This dear sweet man and his presence, smile, and gentle spirit will be sorely missed. All those he leaves behind are richer for having known and loved him. Joe is survived by his loving and devoted wife and best friend, Joan Valentine Payne. He is also survived by: Children: Joe Stanley Payne (Carol); Portia Payne (Dane) Belden; Diana Payne (Tony) Seaman; Robert (Cindy) Payne. He took special delight in his grandchildren, who he was Grand Payne to: Caroline Seaman, Logan Payne, Jake Seaman, Connor Payne, Christianna Payne, Colette Belden, Ethan Payne and Jordan Payne. Bonus Children Mike (Donna) Ruehman, Fellsmere, FL and Angela Ruehman Lingerfelt (Mike) Ruffolo, Smyrna, GA. He relished his role as Poppa to: Michael Ruehman, Matthew Lingerfelt, Jennifer Lingerfelt, and Justin Ruehman. Also survived by sister, Susan Payne Watson and brother in law, Johnny Valentine and several nieces and nephews. The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to all those wonderfully devoted doctors, nurses, aides, clergy, and other staff, including Provident Village, and Agape Hospice. We are forever grateful for the care he has received and the kindness of everyone we have encountered on this journey. A memorial service will be held Thursday, January 10, 2019, in the sanctuary of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church 3180 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia at 11:00 AM. The family will receive friends at a reception following the service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: Georgia Tech Foundation, Inc. 760 Spring Street, NW Suite 400 Atlanta, GA 30308 or http://www.development.gatech.edu/ways-give OR The Wesley Foundation at Georgia Tech 189 Fourth Street NW Atlanta, GA 30313 or https://www.gtwf.org/donate.

Services

  • Memorial Service Thursday, January 10, 2019
  • Reception Thursday, January 10, 2019
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Joe Stanley Payne

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Julie Gohring

January 10, 2019

Joan, only wonderful memories of you and Joe at many PRUMC senior trips. Love and prayers for you and the family.

Marie Williams

January 7, 2019

I remember Joe helping us with our reunions and me in particular helping hang the lights on the windows. Wishing you, Joan, and family my deepest sympathy and love. Marie "King" Williams

Jeanne Postma

January 7, 2019

Joan- thinking of you and sending prayers at this time I hear from Barb and Mike a lot of nice stories from their visits . We send you our condolences Jeann and herb Postma

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