Herman Douglas Payne, Sr., 90, of Helena, Arkansas, went to be with the Lord on February 27, 2019. Herman was born October 8, 1928, to Irene Payne in Hughes, Arkansas. During his early childhood, the family moved from Hughes, Arkansas to Leland, Mississippi before relocating to Helena, Arkansas. Herman attended school in Helena – West Helena School District. He served in the United States Army from September 1952 to June of 1954 where he received an Honorable Discharge as a Private First-Class rank. He proudly served in the Korean War. After completing his service in the Army, he returned to Helena.
Herman was a faithful member of Galilee Baptist Church where he served under the leadership of the late Reverend Dr. P.L. Perkins. He later joined the New Light Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend Ed Wade where loved studying the Bible and listening to old-time gospel songs. He was an active member of the NAACP and the American Legion where he served as a financial officer. Herman was a proud veteran who represented the American Legion in Helena – West Helena during Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Parade and Veteran’s Day activities by proudly placing flags on Veteran’s graves. He worked for Jackson and Highley Funeral Home for 50 years as a Licensed Funeral Director and various jobs until his health declined. Other work experiences include factory work at Chicago Mill and McKnight. Herman loved keeping a well-groomed lawn and gardening. Herman’s Love of God, Family, and Country was a lifelong commitment that was evident in his everyday actions. We all gained so much from Herman’s unconditional Love and enjoyed every moment spent with him.
Herman was preceded in death by his beloved mother; Irene Payne, and darling wife; Earlene Ashwood Payne. He was also preceded in death by his grandchildren; Javaugh Hall, Kelsey Jones, and Nickole Howard.
Herman was a beloved brother, uncle, father, step-father, and grandfather who leaves to commemorate his life; brother: Noah (Mary) Payne of Fayette MS, son: Herman Payne, Jr. of Columbus GA, children: Mary Hall, Linda Jones both of Kansas City MO, Joann Ashwood of West Helena AR, Charlene (Bill) Terrell of Atlanta GA, Sandra (Nick) Mitchell, Rickey (Brenda) Thomas both of Little Rock AR, and a host of beloved nieces and nephews who loved him dearly. Herman has special love for Jackson – Highley family and staff who have always considered him as family.
Visitation will be held Friday, March 8, 2019, at Jackson – Highley Funeral Home Chapel, West Helena AR from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Funeral Service will be held Saturday, March 9, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at New Light Missionary Baptist Church, Helena AR. Interment will follow immediately at Jackson Memorial Cemetery, Lexa AR.