February 20, 1930 ~ January 18, 2020

Born in: Toccoa, Georgia
Resided in: Norcross, Georgia

James “Jim” H. Payne, 89, of Norcross passed away on Saturday, January 18, 2020. He was born in Toccoa, GA to the late Lorena Childs and Allen Payne.

Jim owned and operated Payne’s Texaco Station in downtown Stone Mountain for about 30 years. Upon retiring from the business he began volunteering at FODAC. Jim was a long time member of the Stone Mountain Masonic Lodge and Yaarab Shrine and actively involved in church his entire life most recently a member of Rockbridge Baptist Church. He volunteered at Meadowbrook nursing home for over 30 years and also began a walking group known as the 6 am Mountain Climbers. Jim spent a lifetime helping others, especially those in need.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Maurice, Thurman, Vernor and Homer; and a sister, Beuna.

Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Francine Coker Payne; Son, Douglas (Melanie) Payne; grandchildren, Jennifer (Mike) Waldman and Kimberly (Vollie) Norris; Great-Grandchildren, Bradley Mae and Deacon Waldman, Natalie and Hailey Norris.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 1:00 pm in the Chapel of Wages & Sons Funeral Home in Stone Mountain with Dr. Dan Parker officiating. The family will receive friends from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm the evening before and 1 hour prior to the service. Interment will take place immediately following the service at Floral Hills Memory Gardens.

Online condolences may be offered at www.WagesandSons.com.


Visitation: January 20, 2020 4:00 pm - January 20, 2020 6:00 pm

Wages & Sons Stone Mountain Chapel
1040 Main Street
Stone Mountain, 30083


Room: A&B

Funeral Service: January 21, 2020 1:00 pm - January 21, 2020 2:00 pm

Wages & Sons Stone Mountain Chapel
1040 Main Street
Stone Mountain, 30083


Room: Chapel

Floral Hills Memory Gardens
3000 Lawrenceville Highway
Tucker, GA 30084


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  1. I have wonderful memories of growing up as an “adopted brother” of Doug’s. Mr. and Mrs. Payne were very much a part of my life during high school and college. Mr. Payne was a great influence in my life and will be missed.

  2. CandleImageHe was introduced to us as “Papa Payne” and that was all I ever called him. A true southern gentleman who dearly loved his family. Our prayers go with you, Doug, Melanie, Jennifer & Kimberly, and your extended family.

  3. Jim was the best example of Freemasons there could be. I am proud to have been known by him as an associate and fellow past president of the Stone Mountain Shrine Club.

  4. Doug, we are both so sorry about your father. You and your family have been a member of the Harrell family since the day you met my parents. My father and late mother loved your family like their own and you all have loved them back. Daddy will see you when you get back home and I hope to see you soon also. Please know our prayers are with you all and let us know of anything we can do for you at anytime. Love to you all.

  5. Doug,
    I share in your grief and sorrows, prayers sent for you and your family.
    Didn’t know your dad was a Mason. I am too. Will try to get Harry to bring me to see you.

    your friend

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