Harry R. ‘Buddy’ Payne | News, Sports, Jobs

Mr Harry R. “Buddy” Payne, 86, a resident of Belington, left this life on Wednesday afternoon, October 5, 2022, at his residence. The death followed a period of declining health.

Mr. Payne was born August 8, 1936 in Belington, the son of the late Lewis Wilson and the late Pearl Lantz Payne.

On July 27, 1958, he married the former Shirley Jean Cross, who survives with them.

He is survived by three children, Harry Lynn Payne and his wife, Tammy, of Belington, Lavada Yokum and her husband, Mike, of Elkins, and Deanna Williams and her husband, Danny, of Grafton.

Also survived is a son-in-law, Jeff McLean; and a sister, Lelia Mae Hillyard of Barboursville, West Virginia.

Additional survivors include seven grandchildren, Christopher Payne, Benjamin Payne, Nicholas Payne, Alex McLean, Todd Williams, Danielle Williams and Angie Wickline; and eight great-grandchildren, Zoe, Phaedra, Arden, Gideon, Anna, Grayson, Madison and Sidney.

In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by a daughter, Sis Mae McLean; one sister, Mary June Romine; and three brothers, Howard Arnold “Red” Payne, Robert Lee Payne and John Wilson Payne.

Buddy was a 1954 graduate of Belington High School and a graduate of Hard Knocks University.

He was a member of the Westside United Methodist Church and a member of Belington Masonic Lodge 125 AF&AM, where he had been a member for over 50 years.

Buddy worked for 35 years for C&P Telephone Company from which he retired.

In retirement, he built his family’s new home and enjoyed all types of woodworking.

He owned a farm of 125 acres, which was one of his life’s goals,

God certainly blessed him with the time, health and strength to do the things he wanted to do after retirement.

Buddy enjoyed playing golf and won many trophies in the tournaments he participated in. He had played at many courses, including The Greenbrier, as well as courses in Florida.

One project he was very proud of was the total restoration of his 1935 Chevrolet, which he affectionately called his “Bonnie and Clyde car.” He loved deep-sea fishing, traveling by boat, plane, and train. He enjoyed vacationing, boating, and biking the trails of the Canaan Valley.

During the winters, he took his children ice skating, sledding, ice fishing, and hunting. These moments allowed him to be a child at heart. He and his wife enjoyed all their time and travels and had a great life together.

Buddy will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Friends will be received at Talbott Funeral Home, 56 N. Brandenburg Street in Belington, on Saturday, October 8, 2022, from noon to 2 p.m., time of funeral, when final rites will be held from the funeral home chapel with the pastor Wade McGee officiating.

Interment will then follow at the fraternal cemetery near Belington.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Animal Friends of Barbour County 320 Valley Bend Road Belington, WV 26250. Condolences can be made to the family at www.talbottfunera home.com.

Talbott Funeral Home in Belington is making arrangements for Mr Harry R. “Buddy” Payne.

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