James "Buddy" L. Payne, 96, of Apopka, FL passed away January 5, 2021. He was born September 3, 1924 in Toms Creek, VA. He married the love of his life, Arita, and eventually moved to Ohio. He worked for the coal mines for many years before going on to work as a laborer for Ford before retiring. James had a great sense of humor and enjoyed joking around with his family. He enjoyed restoring and working on cars, gardening and being outside, and spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
James is survived by his children, Betty (Robert) Allen of South Carolina, Ella (Dallas) Bennett of Monroeville, Rottie (Vicki) Payne of Huron, Lonnie (Terry) Payne of Castalia, Sheila (Alan) Pentacost of Ft. Myers, FL, Diane (Mike) Shinski of Sandusky, Yvonne (Kevin) Kiser of Sandusky; siblings, Eutha Carty, of Berlin Heights, Estel Payne, of Port Charlotte, FL, and Leonard Payne, of Berlin Heights; 21 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Arita Payne; parents, Lonnie and Nelia Payne; children, Jerell (Kathy) Payne of FL, Leon (Angie) Payne of Huron; siblings, Muriel Register, of SC, Pearl Groesch, of Huron, Lotress Payne, of VA, and Laymon Payne, of North Fairfield, Quinton Payne, of Berlin Heights.
Friends may call from 11:00am until time of services at 1:00pm on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at the Trinity Temple at 4708 State Route 113 E, Berlin Heights, OH 44814. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery.
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