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William Hodges "Billy" Payne

December 13, 1954 - January 29, 2018

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Billy's parents and mine were friends. I was fortunate enough to catch up with Billy and Tazewell at a reunion a few years ago. He talked with me a bit about his time in the oil business a provided me with a perspective on my dad's time in that business, too. Sadness isn't quite the right word, but I don't have a better one. My condolences to Mrs. Payne, Kim, Tazewell and John.

Posted by Bill Battle on February 14, 2018

Papa Bill (as we called him) was my neighbor in Spring TX. I knew from the first time I met we would be great friends. Papa Bill was a very positive influence in my family's lives. I enjoyed our early morning coffee times on his patio and the compassion he showed toward his family and friends. My very young daughter at the time saw him as a grandpa figure. They would sit outside and eat bananas and watermelon together. It has been years since I last saw him when he visited his friends in Texas and I'm very saddened by this news. Whoever reads this please know that Papa Bill was a very positive influence in my life and I am honored to have known him. Rest In Peace my friend.

Posted by Randy Dodson on February 14, 2018

I have the most wonderful memories of growing up with Billy, my dear friend. Every one of those memories is a happy one, even when he used to give me grief by our lockers in 7th grade! He always told me he wanted to go live by himself in a cabin in the mountains--sounds like Lynchburg fit the bill. Lots of love to Billy's mom, Kim, Tazewell and John. I'm mighty sad knowing he's no longer in this world. Anne

Posted by Anne Davis Coleman on February 7, 2018

I have the most wonderful memories of growing up with Billy, my dear friend. Every one of those memories is a happy one, even when he used to give me grief by our lockers in 7th grade! He always told me he wanted to go live by himself in a cabin in the mountains--sounds like Lynchburg fit the bill. Lots of love to Billy's mom, Kim, Tazewell and John. I'm mighty sad knowing he's no longer in this world. Anne

Posted by Anne Davis Coleman on February 7, 2018

Billy as he was known by in high school (Class of 1973 LHS Scarlet Hurricane). It had been a long time since we had seen each other. It is with sadness that we say so long until we meet again to another class mate. Best Wishes to all his family especially his Mom who I had as 5th grade teacher. May God Bless

Posted by Jeffrey Plogger on February 5, 2018

It was my privilege to work with Bill for 4 years at Johnstone Supply. During this time, Bill and I formed a friendship that has lasted for more than 10 years. He will be missed by all who knew him. My condolences to his family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you in your time of loss and may He hold Bill in His loving arms. Chet Hanford

Posted by Chet Hanford on February 3, 2018

Billy was a long-time friend from college and my roommate in Houston. He was a great guy and we are very saddened to hear of his passing. He will be missed.

Posted by Jim & Sue Blythe on February 3, 2018





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