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George W. Payne

updated: 8/31/2010 8:18 AM

George W. Payne, 77, Harrisburg, passed away at 1:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 30, 2010, at his residence in Harrisburg.

He was born on Jan. 22, 1933, in Eldorado to the late Dewey and Lela (Shaver) Payne. On Jan. 24, 1986, he married Ruth Peebles, and she survives.

George worked at B and W in Evansville, Ind. He was a farmer and he also was an insurance salesman. He also worked for the Evansville Carrier. He was a member of the Dorrisville Baptist Church. George served in the Army from March 27, 1953, to March 25, 1955. He was a member of the VFW.

George is survived by his wife, Ruth Payne of Harrisburg; daughter, Nena Payne Fox and husband Charles of Harrisburg; daughter, DeAnn Payne Coulson and husband Jim of Ellis Grove; son, John Peebles and wife Sharon of Gainesville, Fla.; son, Mike Peebles of Gainesville, Fla.; son, Chris Peebles of Gainesville, Fla.; son, Bill Peebles and wife Martha of Percy; daughter, Linda Holt and husband Mark of Makanda; grandchildren, Missy Fox Short and husband Terry of Harrisburg, Phillip Fox of Harrisburg, Jamey Watkins of Ellis Grove, Kristina Harris and husband Greg of Annapolis, Md., Stephen Holt of Annapolis, Md., Arlin Peebles and Nancy of Springfield, Allison Peebles Mason and husband Joe of Makanda, Leslie Ann Peebles of Gainesville, Fla., Johnny Peebles of Gainesville, Fla., Katie Jo Peebles of Clinton, Ind., and Dale Peebles of Clinton, Ind.; six great-grandchildren; a sister, Lodema Payne Brown and husband Albert of Eldorado; three nieces; one nephew; and he is also survived by his church family at Dorrisville Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Doris Payne Caldwell; brother-in-law, Robert Caldwell; and a nephew, Ronnie Brown.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010, at Dorrisville Baptist Church in Harrisburg. The Rev. Dewayne Taylor will officiate. Burial will follow in Wesley Cemetery in Eldorado with military rites provided by the Harrisburg American Legion. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010, at Dorrisville Baptist Church in Harrisburg. For those who wish, donations may be made to the Dorrisville Baptist Church Building Fund or Hospice of Southern Illinois. Envelopes will be available at the church. Condolences may be sent to the family through the obituary page at the Internet site