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Ross W. Payne Jr.

September 22, 1934November 8, 2020

Ross William Payne, Jr., born September 22, 1934 in Upperville, VA, passed away on November 8, 2020.

Ross was preceded in death by his parents Ross W. Payne, Sr. and Virginia Hinson Payne; his brother, Josh Payne; beloved wives, Ann Nottingham Payne and Barbara King Payne. He is survived by his beloved wife of 25 years Sylvia; his son, Andrew William Payne (Wayne Ramsey); daughter, Kimberly Payne Macon (Richard); and granddaughters Margaret, Catherine and Sophia Macon; son, Nicolai Sager (Ezmeralda); daughter, Larissa Sager; grandson Alexander Sager, and granddaughter Layla Sager.

He retired after 25 years as a District Manager with State Farm Insurance. In retirement, he enjoyed volunteering with the Colonial Capital Kiwanis Club for 40+ years, delivering for Meals on Wheels, enjoyed preparing meals for home bound friends, sharing his homemade applesauce, and Gardening. After serving in the US Army in Germany, he graduated from American University, and later earned his CLU Designation.

To view the private service, please join us via livestream on November 21, 2020 at 11:00am at

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, Colonial Capital Kiwanis Club or Williamsburg Meals on Wheels. Online condolences may be shared at


  • Private Service Livestream

    Saturday, November 21, 2020



Ross W. Payne Jr.

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Dina Lobo

January 8, 2021

I am sorry for your loss.
I remember Ross by your side on many occasions, always with a kind word and smile.
Sending you peace and strength.

Dolores Rosser

November 22, 2020

Sylvia & Family

My heart goes out to you . I'm praying that He will carry you through this hard road and know that he never fails.

Love & Prayers

Kathy Chambers

November 21, 2020

My Dear Friend Sylvia,
I wanted to wait to write this after the beautiful service today. It goes without saying that many people loved and respected Ross, as well as his witness for our Lord. Ross was a true gentleman and friend. Yes, John and I were fortunate enough to receive some of his famous applesauce which disappeared quickly, but I have to add his famous homemade chicken salad. There were many nights you and Ross would drop off his chicken salad on evenings when I worked late. Not only did it make for a delicious dinner, it also filled my soul for the care in which it was given.
The love and laughter you and Ross shared is a shining example to us all. We will all miss Ross, but one glorious day we will see him again.
Sending our love and prayers.
Kathy & John

John Kaunas

November 19, 2020

Dear Aunt Sylvia,
I’m so sorry for your loss. Uncle Ross lives a long and wonderful life. I will always remember the few times that we met and words that were shared to get to know him. Kind and gentle spirit of a man. Our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to you, family, and friends

John and Renu Kaunas

Susan Spellman

November 16, 2020

Dear Sylvia:

Out of sight, doesn’t mean out of mind. My thoughts/prayers are with you and your family.

Susan Spellman

Cathy and Pete Armour

November 16, 2020

So sorry to hear of Ross's departure from this world. But so glad you two had 25 years together. Sending peaceful thoughts your way, Sylvia. Cathy and Pete

Judy Knudson

November 15, 2020


I was so sorry to read about the death of your husband. Please accept my condolences. Your and your family are in my thoughts.

Judy Knudson

Frances Neal

November 13, 2020

Dear Sylvia and family,
I was so sorry to learn the sad news about Ross. He was such a kind gentleman, and always had a smile on his face. I know the sorrow one faces when losing a beloved spouse and I send my deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Frances Neal

John Daves

November 12, 2020

My Friend Ross, I was saddened to learn of Ross’s passing. When I think of him it brings a smile to my face. We had a friendship like many people who knew him. It’s hard to put into words exactly what I mean. I can just say he was the a person who could be counted on. He loved his family, I know because he expressed it to me many time. Although I had not talked with him in a long while I thought of him often. I feel fortunate to have known him. He made the world a better place. Rest In Peace my friend.

Pamela Franz

November 12, 2020

Dear Sylvia,

I never spoke to your husband that he didn’t say how much you meant to him & how very happy he was. He spoke of you with such love and thankfulness for your years together. He was a true hero to me and my family ...better to us than we could have dreamed. He changed so many generations in our family by his deeds. I know our Lord welcomed His servant Ross Payne home with trumpets but God also knows the sadness left behind. Our family loves you and thank you for sharing your kind, generous, humble husband with us through the years. Love, Pam, David and Ian