Ruth Hunt Payne

February 23, 1966October 5, 2019

LEXINGTON – Ruth Hunt Payne, 53, of Lexington South Carolina, has joined her Holy Father in heaven due to a tragic motorcycle accident with a large deer on highway 378 on October 5, 2019 where she was instantly killed. Ruth was the passenger of the motorcycle with her husband, Derek Payne, who was airlifted to the hospital and was pronounced dead on Wednesday morning, October 9, 2019.

Ruth was born in Lumberton, NC on February 23, 1966. She was married to David H. Taylor for 19 years, and later married James Derek Payne on August 18, 2018, after seven years of courtship. She was very involved in her church, Lexington Church of God. Ruth was the owner of an in-home daycare for nearly 25 years. She has had a special bond with many children's lives over the years in her care. She loved to travel and ride motorcycles. Most important to Ruth was the love of her family and the closeness that they shared. She was a very loving and vibrant soul who was known for being lively and generous to all she met. She truly loved life.

Ruth was the beloved daughter of Mary Ann Brewer; sister, Rose Hunt; brothers, Steven Brewer and Jonathon Brewer; sons, Joshua and Christopher Taylor; grandchildren, David Skyler Taylor, Bryson Noah Taylor and Austin Payne, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Ruth is preceded in death by her late husband, David H. Taylor, who passed in 2003.

Viewing and visitation will be held at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel, 503 N. Lake Drive, on Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Services will be held at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel, on Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. with burial to follow.


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


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Maeve Mason

October 11, 2019

Ruth and I only briefly met once on a trip to the beach with a mutual friend (Lisa Ipock). I knew immediately she had a true zest. She was so fun and spoke highly of her family and friends. So sad. But I (like so many others) are better off for having met her. Rest In Peace and Cheers to the memories and joy you brought into the world.

Susanne Mclaughlin

October 11, 2019

Ruth and I was high school friends, more like sisters. We rode together to school. She was so quiet in school, boy did she come out of her shell, lol. She had a laugh that would light up wherever she was. She was easy to love. I will miss her. Rest easy my dear friend. Love you❤️❤️ Until we meet again🙏

Candice Branham

October 11, 2019

From the time Pawpaw brought me to meet Grammy she treated me like I was one of her grandchildren. Grammy, we have so many crazy/funny stories. You never failed to put a smile on my face. I love and miss you so much Grammy 💛

Danny Tilron

October 11, 2019

Iv know ruth for many years even when I gave her such a hard time when spending the night with my sister when we were in high school she was a very caring person and kept things in order for sure she will be dearly missed we will all meet up again in our fathers house.

Theresa Hancock

October 11, 2019

I send my Condolences & Prayers for all the families & friends! I will miss her beautiful smile at Church! She was such a kindhearted sweet ln lady. RiP Ruth until we meet again.

Margaret Couture

October 10, 2019

Ruth you were an incredibly sweet and giving lady. We will miss you cheering us on at bowling on Thursday nights. Heavens gain is our loss. I shall see you again my sister in Christ

Cynthia (Chris) Huggins-

October 10, 2019

I have known Ruth for 28 years, our children grew up in Georgia together, she moved to South Carolina but still kept in touch. She was the most sweetest, caring, and thoughtful person. Always happy and had a smile. Would go the extra mile to help a friend in need. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love you Ruth, until we meet again!

Pam Tasker

October 10, 2019

I worked with Ruth years ago in day care. We have seen each other a few times since. She was a special lady!!! So sorry for your loss!!! ❤️❤️🙏🙏

Harriette Corder

October 9, 2019

I knew Ruth from church and the church bowling league. I did not know her as well as Derek but what I did know she was a beautiful lady inside and out. I’m sending my condolences to her family and friends. Our loss of her is Heavens gain.