Jewel W. Payne

December 19, 1931January 5, 2021

Jewel W. Payne, 89, died Tuesday, January 5th, 2021 at Morningside Assisted Living in Gastonia, NC. Jewel was a long-time resident of Charlotte, NC, but it was during her 6-year struggle with Alzheimer’s she became a resident of Morningside.

Jewel was born in Kingsport, Tennessee on December 19, 1931 to John & Roxie White. She was pre-deceased by her parents and siblings: Marion (Buddy) White, Joyce Faulkner, Joan Campbell, Alice Hinson, Jerry White, Wanda Miller, Johnny White and Hazel Young.

Jewel moved to Winston Salem, NC as a teenager where she met her husband, Ernest Payne, who also pre-deceased her August 25, 1984.

As a teen Jewel started her work life with Walgreens. She was a very industrious young woman with a tremendous work ethic and an eagerness to learn.

After her marriage the couple moved to Charlotte, where they had their daughter, Barbara “Genelle” Payne, who pre-deceased her February 6, 2009.

Jewel attended Kings Business College and subsequently worked for Sealtest Dairy, Kraft Foods and Phillip Morris where she ultimately retired. One of Jewel’s favorite events of the year was the annual Sealtest reunion. Jewel acquired her real estate license becoming a realtor for a number of years.

After retirement from the corporate world Jewel became the church secretary at Westmoreland Baptist Church where she continued until she was 74.

Jewel was a deeply committed Christian and served faithfully at Mulberry Baptist Church in Charlotte. Her commitment to God and her faith carried her throughout her life. She volunteered at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church and NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), as she believed strongly in their mission.

Jewel is survived by her niece and devoted care-giver Judy Morris, and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would especially like to thank Carol from Morningside for her kindness, concern and support during these years. Memorials may be made to NAMI, the Alzheimer’s Association or Gaston Hospice.

A private graveside service will be held Tuesday, January 12th with a memorial service sometime in the future. Forest Lawn West Funeral Home and Cemetery will serve the family. Condolences may be left at


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Donald Campbell

January 12, 2021

Want to say it was a pleasure to know my aunt Jewell over the years as I used to take my family to see her after my mom died. She was a lot like her so she was able to fill a little void. I did not know how to get in touch with you the last few years or I would have come to see you. But I believe we will see you again one day and it will be a happy time. Your nephew has Donny

Fleta Windell

January 10, 2021

Jewel Payne was my Sunday School teacher at Greenland Avenue Baptist Church many years ago. She was an amazing Christian role model to everyone who knew her and I will always cherish her love and friendship. She was one of the most kind and generous people I have ever known.
She and her family were our neighbors on Garibaldi Avenue. My brother and I would wait on Genelle to walk to Ashley Park Elementary School together. I have so many fond memories of Mrs. Payne. I am thankful and blessed to have known her. And, I am happy that she is at peace with Jesus now.

Lauren Faulkner-Barbour

January 9, 2021

Aunt Jewel was so dear to me. I am so thankful for a life time of wonderful memories and thankful for all the love she gave to me. I can’t wait until we are all reunited again in heaven.