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Kevin M. Payne

August 2, 1961 - July 15, 2017

Kevin M. Payne
Lake Cherokee, TX

Services for Kevin Payne, 55, of Lake Cherokee will be 2:00 pm, Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at Grace Baptist Church with Reverend Scott Brown officiating. Burial will follow at Harmony Hill Cemetery, Rusk County, Texas. Kevin suddenly passed at his home Saturday, July 15, 2017. 

He was born August 2, 1961 in Shreveport, Louisiana to William Ronnie and Frances Carolyn Payne. Kevin was a 1979 graduate of Huntington High School in Shreveport and attended Centenary College of Louisiana. He married his beloved Carol Ann in 1994. Kevin was a carpenter and locksmith for Longview Independent School District. He was a true lover of Lake Cherokee, where he could often be seen on his barge with their loyal lab, Nelli. Kevin was known by many as the “Social Mayor of Lake Cherokee.” He loved playing golf and was the Treasurer of Lake Cherokee Golf Association. Kevin was a friend to everyone and he loved music. He was a fan of LSU, New Orleans Saints, and Washington Redskins football. 

Kevin is survived by his wife of 23 years, Carol Ann Payne of Lake Cherokee; his children, Kristopher Michael Payne of Austin, Texas, Kristi Michelle Rice and her husband, Rusty of Shreveport, April Cox and her husband, Jonathan of Kilgore; grandchildren, Ashlynn Hope Rice, Landon Allen Rice, Cason Dudley Cox, Cade Blanton Cox; his parents, William Ronnie and Frances Carolyn Payne of Shreveport; his in-laws, Carolyn and Mart Freeman of Longview, Bob and Cheryl Garsee of Denton, Texas; his sister-in-law, and brother-in-law, Cindy and Ron Owen of Kilgore; his niece, Tiffany Smith and husband, Tate of Tatum, Neal Owen of Kilgore; a host of extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Lazell Payne. 

The family will receive friends at Rader Funeral Home Monday evening between 6:00-8:00 pm.

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Lake Cherokee, TX

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Rader Funeral Home - Kilgore


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