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Willis "Bill" Payne

September 8, 1929February 10, 2020

Willis B. “Bill” Payne, 90, passed away on Monday, February 10, 2020 at his residence. He was born in Kingsport to the late Colonel B. and Arnetta Clark Payne.

He graduated from Dobyns-Bennett High School, where he played football during four years in the late ‘40s, when the team lost only one game. After graduation, Bill enlisted in the United States Air Force during the Korean War, serving in Roslyn, New York and Chateau, France. He then attended East Tennessee State College, graduating with a business degree. He enjoyed all sports, particularly football and golf.

Bill worked as an insurance agent with Bennett Edwards and as a real estate agent with various agencies and was the owner of Premier Realty. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Kingsport and the Kingsport Board of Realtors, where he served as president, secretary and treasurer.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Elmer Glenn Payne; and sister Gwen Payne-Walker.

Those left to cherish Bill’s memory include his wife of 60 years, Barbara Payne; sons, Randall (Randy) Payne and wife Kim; Shea Payne and wife Tammy; daughter, Paige Johnson and husband Joseph (Joe); grandchildren, David Payne, Christina Petsch, Hannah Perez, Austin Payne, Savannah Harris, Leigh Ann Johnson; great-granddaughter, Madison Petsch; and special lifelong friend, Pal Barger.

A celebration of life will be held at 2:30pm on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at First Baptist Church, Kingsport with Dr. Marvin Cameron officiating with special music provided by Susan Hoover. The family will receive friends 3:30 to 5:30pm in the Atrium of the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to First Baptist Church Kingsport, 200 W. Church Cir., Kingsport, TN 37660 or to the Alzheimer’s Regional Resource Center, 2303 N. John B. Dennis Hwy, Kingsport, TN 37660.

Online condolences may be made to the Payne family at www.eastlawnkingsport.com. East Lawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park has the honor of serving the Payne family.


  • Barbara Payne, Wife of Sixty Years
  • Randall (Randy) Payne and wife Kim, Son
  • Shea Payne and wife Tammy, Son
  • Paige Johnson and husband Joseph (Joe), Daughter
  • David Payne, Christina Petsch, Hannah Perez, Austin Payne, Savannah Harris, Leigh Ann Johnson, Grandchildren
  • Madison Petsch, Great-Granddaughter
  • Pal Barger, Special Life-Long Friend
  • Colonel B. and Arnetta Clark Payne, Parents- Deceased
  • Elmer Glenn Payne, Brother - Deceased
  • Gwen Payne-Walker, Sister - Deceased


  • A Celebration of Life Service Saturday, February 15, 2020
  • Receiving of Friends Following The Service Saturday, February 15, 2020


Willis "Bill" Payne

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Carol Woodard

February 15, 2020

Barbara, So sorry to hear of your loss. May you and your family find peace and comfort during this difficult time
Carol Woodard

Gaines Fields

February 13, 2020

I didn’t know Mr Payne personally but every time I met him with you two , Shea and Tammy he was such a cordial and nice man. I know he will be missed here but just think of the celebration going on in heaven. God bless you and the family.

Ruth Walker

February 13, 2020

Our prayers and heartfelt condolences go out to our family for the loss of our dear Uncle Bill. I will always remember Uncle Bill as a loving and caring man who always had a smile to help brighten your day. I believe every visit to TN was also a visit to Pal's. I also remember one of my very first trips skiing was with Uncle Bill driving Bob and me and some other family members to the "mountains" so we could go skiing. (Even though the mountains only had ice on it, it is a memory I will never forget!) Uncle Bill was a person who accepted you immediately as an addition to the family or as a new friend and made you feel welcome at all times. We will miss you dearly but know you are in the hands of our Lord and watching over us all. Love you Uncle Bill!

Margaret Kaplan

February 11, 2020

Praying for your family, I am extremely grateful I was able to know Uncle Bill and share memories with you all. He was a kind, generous God loving and family man . Until we meet again in our Heavenly fathers presence. Love you Uncle Bill