Richard Seagler Payne

September 27, 1956February 9, 2021

Richard S. “Rich” Payne, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, February 9. He was born September 27, 1956 in Atlanta, GA to Charles Jonathan and Helyn Marie Cleveland Payne.

Rich was a 1978 graduate of the University of Georgia, and a lifelong Bulldog fan. After moving to Chattanooga, TN, his career included positions with TVA, CBMC, Chattanooga State, and the Krystal Company.

He was a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, and a member of Silverdale Baptist Church.

Rich was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother David J. Payne. He is survived by his wife, Amy L. Payne of Chattanooga, TN; his children Shannon (Roman) Bielcik, Jonathan (Audra), Joseph (Mila), Joshua (Kellie), Jordan (Malory), and Jeremy; 8 step-children; many grandchildren; brother, Jeff Payne (Melanie) of Marietta, GA; and sister, Vicki Parrish (Dan) of Natchitoches, LA. Terrie L. Payne of Lookout Mountain, TN is the mother of his children.

A private service will be held by the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Samaritan’s Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607 or online at

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Jim Nix

February 23, 2021

I knew Rich from the BSU at UGA. He was a good person with a wonderful heart.

Greg Stephens

February 21, 2021

Have not had the words, and still do not, to share sufficient condolences to the Payne family for their loss suffered with Rich’s sudden passing. Rich was a great, amd most reliable, friend; whenever one called, he did whatever he possibly could to help. He was, to date, one of my very closest male friends in the area. I, and all who knew him, will miss him greatly...again, there just are no words.
Yet, in the midst of the individual and collective grief of all who knew Rich, there is great comfort knowing he is now forever with his Lord, the Lord Jesus Christ. And it is his Lord Jesus Christ that Rich would want all to know. (Rom. 10:8-10; 1 Cor. 15:1-4).

Daniel Grant

February 18, 2021

Rich, hired me out of college at TVA. I've always appreciated the start he give me with my career. He was great to work for and a good friend. I haven't seen Rich for a while, and was stunned to see his passing. Looking forward to seeing him again. Thankful for the hope we have in Jesus.

Penny Walker

February 18, 2021

Dear Family,
I am so sorry to just now be learning of Rich's death. We worked together at TVA and I had just recently reconnected with him in September 2019 at a BVI banquet. I am so saddened by his passing. He was such a wonderful man and you could tell he walked in the path God laid out for him. Please know you will be in my prayers.

Ernie Kearns

February 17, 2021

"Dickie" was a great friend when we were youngsters. The homeplace on Tejas Trail in East Point was a thing to behold. The hospitality was always shown by Ms. Helyn. (She was also the school bus driver for both myself and my wife)
I still remember all the antique things hanging in the kitchen (esp) and through out the home. The snuff 'bladder' I still remember since my great aunts in NC tobacco country were fond of the same. Jeff and Vickie (both older) always treated us well. Well, Rich and I were separated via life events as time passed. As I have read the other comments I am not a bit surprised by anything I have read. Amy, prayers are lifted for your comfort and peace. With Love, Ernie

Thomas Clark

February 16, 2021

I had the pleasure of working with Rich at the Kryatal Company. Authentic, genuine, and kind soul is how I remember him and it has everything to do with how he loved Jesus. I’m saddened to hear of his passing. Praying for the entire Payne family.

Kim Kingry

February 16, 2021

I enjoyed working with Rich on music for a set of VN weekends as he was men's worship leader and I was women's. Short time knowing him but he was great to work with! Condolences and heartfelt prayers going up for his family and loved ones from the Kingrys.

Jerry and Jeanne' Bales

February 16, 2021

We are saddened by the news of Rich's death. Have many happy memories of times spent with Rich and Amy. He was a good man who loved the Lord. He will certainly be missed, but we know he is now in heaven and experiencing all the joy and peace God had planned for him! Our prayers go out to Amy and Rich's family and will continue to ask God to comfort them.

Love and Prayers,

Jeanne' and Jerry Bales

Gary Burnett

February 15, 2021

I’ve only known Rich for about 6 years through our class in church, Tres Dias events, and more time serving and socially. He has been one of the closest friends in my life, and I will miss him deeply. We shared the same birthday, which I’ll have to share with me in years ahead. He deserves every respect and comments posted here. I’m in awe of his example of a man who served our Lord through any challenge he faced. May his family find their peace knowing he will live in paradise with God eternally.

Karen Parham

February 15, 2021

We met Rich at a gender-reveal party for Chris and Abigail Parham’s daughter Rosemary. Even though the meeting wnd time spent talking was very brief, he was very friendly and polite. So sorry to hear of the sudden loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Payne family.
-The Parham Family