Virginia Sue Norton Payne, age 70, died Friday, July 17, 2020 at her home. She was a former employee of Franklin Furniture Company and Donaldson.
Mrs. Payne is survived by her loving husband and caregiver: George Payne; one son: Dr. Christopher Hensley; one daughter: Kelli and Ross Helton; three stepchildren: Annette Payne, Tina Albert, and Tommy and Jennifer Payne; granddaughters: Natasha Walker, Nikki Lohrman, and Emmakate Helton; five great grandchildren; brothers: Jerry and Grady Norton; sisters: Eva and Guy Tweed, Nancy and Jimmy Waddell, and Jewell Newton; sisters-in-law: Brenda Hall and Linda Sharp; one nephew and four nieces and their families; one aunt and one uncle and many cousins; special neighbors: Frank Emerson, Sandy Adam, Jessie and Linda Berry; her special co-worker friends: Doris Waddell and Sharon Anderson. The Payne family wishes to express special thanks to Dr. Jeff R. Farrow, Pulmonary Associates of East Tennessee Johnson City, the 5th floor staff of Johnson City Medical Center, and the Amedysis Hospice Staff of Greeneville.
She is preceded in death by one daughter: Kimberly Smith; and her parents: Joe C. and Hazel Gunter Norton.
The Payne family will receive friends from 2 – 4 and 5 – 7 pm Monday, July 20, at Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 7:00 pm Monday in the Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Richard Long and Rev. Eddie Malone will be officiating. Everyone is asked to meet by 9:30 am Tuesday, July 21, at Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home to go in procession to Graceland Memorial Gardens for the 10:30 am graveside service.
Pallbearers will include: Jerry Norton, Frank Emerson, Jessie Berry, Tommy Payne, Gary Dawson, and Bobby D. Franklin.
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