Alonzo Payne

Veteran of Civil War and One of County's Best Citizens--Buried This
Afternoon in Opdyke Cemetery.

Alonzo Payne, one of Mt. Vernon township's best known farmers, died
Saturday afternoon at 1:15 at his home three miles southeast of Mt.
Vernon, in the Liberty neighborhood.

Mr. Payne's condition had been serious several weeks and critical part
of the time, but he rallied a short time ago, and it was thought he
might live sometime, but a change for the worse followed about a week ago,
and death followed as stated.

Mr. Payne was born near Orlinda, Robinson county, Tennessee, and his
age at the time of his death was 81 years, seven months and 29 days.  Mr.
Payne spent most of his life in Jefferson county, having come here in
early life.  Although born in a southern state, Mr. Payne enlisted when
very young, in the Union army and served through a portion of the war.

Mr. and Mrs. Payne were among Jefferson county couples married more
than 50 years, their marriage having taken place October 3, 1871, covering
a period of almost 57 years.

Mrs. Payne before marriage, was Miss Sarah J. Waite, and she was born
in the Liberty neighborhood, where the entire married life of the couple
was spent.

Mr. Payne is survived by his widow, and seven children as follows;
Mrs. Alice Wood, Opdyke;  Mrs. Cora Hutchison, John O. Payne, Mt. Vernon;
Mrs. Effie Auten, Rupert, Idaho;  Mrs. Myrtle King, and Mrs. Cecil
Summers, Mt. Vernon and Miss Ethel Payne, at home.

Fifteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren survive.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Payne were lifelong members of the Liberty M.E.

Mr. Payne's influence has ever been on the side of right, and he was a
Christian man, and ready at all times to do all in his power to advance
the interest of the community and promote the general good.

He held a number minor township offices, and took great interest in the
schools and proper educational facilities for the young.  

In the years of his active life he farmed in a general way and engaged
extensively in stock raising, especially beef cattle for the market.

Mr. Payne had been confined to his home the last few years, due to an
injury to his right leg while engaged in farm work.  He was twice
injured and was never able to walk after the second injury.

Mr. Payne was universally recognized as one of Mt. Vernon township and
Jefferson county's best men.

Funeral services were held at two o'clock this afternoon at Liberty
M.E. Church, and burial followed at Opdyke cemetery.  The services were
conducted by the Rev. J. H. Davidson of the Epworth M.E. Church.

Source: Mount Vernon Register News
Date: July 1928
Submitted by Brenda Heriford 
Relationship: Great Granddaughter

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