John Robert Payne, Sr., 73 of Owensboro passed away on Thursday, September 24, 2020 at Baptist Health Hospital in Madisonville. He was born on July 21, 1947 in Daviess County to the late Francis & Mary Payne. John was a member of Apollo Heights Baptist Church and a U.S. Navy veteran. He enjoyed working on cars, people watching from his porch, playing his guitar, singing and watching the Pittsburg Steelers. John didn't know a stranger. But most of all, he loved spending time with his grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Lori Ann Payne in 2011; and siblings, Gabe Payne, Ray Louis Payne, Patsy Burns, Cecilia Payne and Stella Scott.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Judy Payne; daughter, Amy Payne Tipton; two sons, John R. Payne Jr., Timothy Ray (Michelle) Payne; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother, Joseph Payne; sisters, Margaret (Bob) Melton, Carolyn (William) Dawson, and Yvonne (Robert) Mays; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 11 a.m. on Friday at James H. Davis Funeral Home & Crematory. Burial will be in Rosehill Cemetery with military honors. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday and after 10 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home. The number of those attending the visitation or shall be within current health and safety directives. Family and friends must wear appropriate personal protective masks.