Mr. Steven J. Payne Sr.

Mr. Steven J. Payne, Sr., age 63 of Stuart, passed away on Friday, February 5, 2021 at Novant Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  He was born in Martinsville on September 16, 1957, and was preceded in death by his father, Gentry Payne.  Mr. Payne served in the United States Army.  He was a member of First Christian Church where he served as a deacon, financial officer and head musician for the choir.  He loved singing and playing the guitar.  He was also instrumental in starting the Home Alone Meals at First Christian Church with the help of Rev. Jim Churchwell, and lovingly did this for over ten years.  He worked for C.P. Films/Eastman Company for over 20 years.  Steve loved life and was always happy.  Even when in pain, he wore a smile.

Mr. Payne is survived by his beloved wife of 28 years, Greta Houchins Payne of the home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Maggie Houchins of Stuart; Steven Jason Payne, Jr. and Krista Lawson Payne of Lawsonville, North Carolina; three grandchildren, Briana Cannoy Houchins, Lyric Houchins and Kingston Artis Payne; his mother, Barbara Edwards Payne of Ridgeway; one brother and sister-in-law, Ralph and Renee “Nobby” Payne of Ridgeway; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, all who loved “Crazy” Steve.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at Moody Funeral Home in Stuart with Rev. James Houchins presiding.  Burial will follow in the Spencer/Redd Family Cemetery in Horsepasture.  Military rites will be conducted by the Patrick County Veterans Memorial Honor Guard.  A wake will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  Online condolences may be sent by visiting

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