Obituary published October 18, 2010 in The Mexico Ledger

Billie Paul Payne, 76 years old, of Fulton passed away in his home Friday morning October 15, 2010. He was born in Kansas City, Mo. in 1934, the son of Lloyd Layton and Stella Bea Vineyard Payne. Billie married his high school sweetheart, Delores, on January 22, 1955. She survives of the home.
He is survived by two daughters, Deborah Renee Payne and Paula Sue Payne, both of Fulton; one son, Terry Paul Payne of Foster City, Calif.; one sister, Martha Lee Bolton and husband Dennis “Jack” of Fulton; one brother, Chester Lloyd Payne of Fulton; one granddaughter, Stephanie Delores Hayes of Fulton; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by one daughter, Cherie Denise Payne and one son, Darren Lloyd Payne.
He was an avid outdoorsman with a love of nature that’s second to none. He consistently demonstrated that he was “proud to be an American”. He was in his glory while sitting in his bass boat trolling somewhere on Lake Ozark while exchanging stories with his fishing buddies, Ray Garrett Jr., Charles “Chuck” Bauer and Bob Chiles.
Billie served his country in the United States Army. He served on the Callaway County Sherriff’s Patrol as Deputy Sheriff for over 20 years. He was an electrician at Central Electric for 27 years, retiring in 1997. He was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and he was one of the founding members of the Owl Creek Sportsmen’s Club (1966) nestled in the woods just outside Millersburg, Mo.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 19 at Debo Funeral Home in Fulton with Pastor Mike Crowson officiating. Burial will follow in Callaway Memorial Gardens Cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday, October 18,  from 5 until 7 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Missouri River Hospice or the American Cancer Society, c/o Debo Funeral Home, 833 Court Street, PO Box 818, Fulton, MO 65251.
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