James Derek Payne

December 18, 1964October 9, 2019
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LEXINGTON โ€“ James Derek Payne, known by his friends and family as Derek, 54, of Lexington SC, passed away on October 9, 2019 due to a motorcycle accident. Visitation and the funeral service will be held at the Caughman- Harman Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel, as follows: visitation from 5:00 pm Saturday, October 12, 2019; funeral service starts at 3:00 pm Sunday, October 13, 2019. Burial service will follow the funeral, with words from friends and family, at Woodridge Cemetery.

Derek met the love of his life, Ruth Hunt Payne, nine years ago and they were married August 18, 2018. Their symbol of love was the infinity symbol because they loved each other to infinity and beyond. Derek was born in Swainsboro, GA on December 18, 1964. He is preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Hunt Payne; grandmother, Laura Bellflower; his grandfather, Robert Earl Underwood, and his uncle, Johnny Underwood. He leaves behind his mother, Florence Lawson; two sisters, Kathy Holt and Carrie Jean, wife to Alan Miller; two brothers, Randall Payne and Aaron, husband to Katherine Payne; two stepsons, Joshua Taylor and Christopher Taylor, many aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, step grandchildren and dear friends who loved him very much.

Derek was the owner of Payne Trucking and was an owner-operator and truck driver since he was 19 years old. He was involved in an old car club, a motorcycle club, a bowling team, dirt bike racing, and drag car racing. He was a Christian man who made his church family the Lexington Church of God and believed, with all of his heart, in living life fully, loving people with your whole heart, serving others, and was never opposed to a great laugh and playful pranks.


  • Visitation Saturday, October 12, 2019
  • Funeral Service Sunday, October 13, 2019
  • Burial Sunday, October 13, 2019


James Derek Payne

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Ashley Tart-Branham

October 12, 2019

Daddy i always had a wonderful time with you in the big truck on all those crazy trips. God took you way to soon but he only takes the best first. I still remember the bowling league me and daddy done together father and daughter league, 2nd place we got together and i was even pregnant with your grandbaby Candice and when i told you i was pregnant again with your grandson Jayden nobody could wipe the smile off your face! Daddy you raised me and bubba to the best of your standards and for that im proud to call you my DADDY! Until we meet again at heavens gate. Daddy i love you soo much and ill always miss you but you will always be with me , jamie, candice, Jayden, dylan, bubba, and little austin. I know you will!! Best daddy a little girl could have ever imagined to have raise her! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜˜

Stephanie Brady

October 11, 2019

Unfortunately I never had the pleasure of meeting Derek or Ruth but through the eyes of friends and family I feel like I know a small part of him! I am unfortunate to have never met either one because they seemed like AMAZING people!! God bless the family, friends and rest assured they are both in Heaven watching over all of you! God bless!๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

Michelle Kirklandโ€™

October 11, 2019

Iโ€™ve know Derek for over 25 years. He was the most genuine person ever with a great heart and Ruth brought out the best smile Iโ€™ll miss him but heโ€™s with his soul mate that gives a small amount of peace. Too soon for then both. They were great together. They were always smiling. Iโ€™ll miss him. But heโ€™s with his true love. Rest and have a great time in heaven

Candice Branham

October 11, 2019

Pawpaw used to take me to work with him every single morning. I would crawl back into his bed in the big truck. I was Pawpaw little sidekick and always will be. Pawpaw will forever be my superhero ๐Ÿ’™ I will forever cherish the memories we had together. I love you Pawpaw!

Margaret Couture

October 10, 2019

Derek was a true gentleman and a great friend. He was a great bowling partner and taught me a lot. I will miss you brother but I will see you again. Enjoy walking the streets of heaven with Ruth. You are and always will be missed. Much love my brother in Christ

Harriette Corder

October 9, 2019

Me deepest condolences to Derekโ€™s family and friends. I had the privilege of knowing him from church and the church bowling league. He was a kind and sweet man. Always a kind word for everyone. He will be greatly missed. Our loss is Heavens gain!

Shellie DuVall

October 9, 2019

My heart is broken . Derrick is one of the first people I met when moving to SC . Kind, generous, gental, smiling , soul he has. I will forever remember him. God bless you all in this time of sorrow. He and ruth are together in heaven shinning down on us all. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’™