Carmelite Pisarich Payne

September 25, 1934May 3, 2021

COLUMBIA - Carmelite Pisarich Payne died Monday, May 3, 2021. Born on September 25, 1934 in Biloxi, Mississippi, she was a daughter of the late Ray Vincent and Eunice Blanchard Pisarich. A graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, she was a retired teacher from Lexington-Richland School District 5.

Surviving are her daughters, Cindy McCartney (Bill) and Diane Lawhead (Tom), both of Columbia, SC; son, Vince Payne (Melanie) of Charlotte, NC; brother, Ray V. Pisarich Jr. (Elmerita) of Biloxi, MS; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Edward Guy Payne, and her daughter, Jacqueline.

Special thanks to the staff of Harbor Chase and Heart of Hospice for their compassionate care.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. Friday, May 7, 2021, at Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel. A service will be held in Biloxi, Mississippi at a later date.


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    Friday, May 7, 2021


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Dietary Staff -Harbor Chase Columbia Harbor Chase Columbbia

May 7, 2021

Ms. Carmelite was such a sweet and very outspoken person she always seemed to look forward to coming to the main dining room as she enjoyed fellowship time with her table mates and engaging conversations with dining staff. Ms. Carmelite was always adamant in regards to her dining needs and staff knew what her first request would be before she sat to dine. She would always request a glass of orange juice during each meal. Ms. Payne and her blooming personality will truly be missed by all at Harbor Chase.
"May the winds of heaven blow softly and whisper in your ear"

Dot Debruhl

May 7, 2021

Dear Cindy, Diane, and Vince,

I just heard of Carmelite's passing. I was so shocked and sad at the news. You all have my deepest sympathies. Throughout the years, Carmelite was a great source of joy. Though I cannot be there in person, I can still hold onto all the precious memories your parents brought me. I would have loved to have attended the visitation, but I heard the news too late to make the drive. I hope this message conveys just what she meant to me.

Dot Debruhl

Phyllis Pendarvis

May 6, 2021

I am so sorry to read about Carmelite's passing. I remember her fondly from our days together at Irmo Middle School. She was a great teacher, wonderful mother and good friend to her colleagues.
It is with regret that we drift away from each other after retirement but good memories always remain. Please know that my prayers are with you as you go through the next days and weeks of mourning.

Phyllis W. Pendarvis

Suzanne Switzer

May 5, 2021

We always enjoyed being with Carmy. She was such a sweet person and delight to be around. We know that the family will miss her dearly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely,
David and Suzanne Switzer