Benjamin Payne Jr., 78, of Helena-West Helena, departed this life on April 3, 2013 at Methodist Hospital in Memphis.
Benjamin Payne Jr., 78, of Helena-West Helena, departed this life on April 3, 2013 at Methodist Hospital in Memphis. Benjamin Payne Jr. was born March 15, 1935 in Demopolis, Ala. Benjamin was married to Malinda Payne for 49 years. He was the father of two sons, Benjamin Randy Payne and Jason Patrick Payne. Benjamin served in the Army from 1956 to 1961. Benjamin was an educator for 37 years. He taught history and coached the basketball and football teams in the Marvell School District. He also taught English and served as a counselor in the Elaine School District. Benjamin was a faithful member and deacon at New Light M.B. Church. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13at New Light MB Church with Rev. Edward Wade officiating. Burial will be in Jackson Memorial Gardens at Lexa. Visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 12 in the Robert Lee Brown Memorial Chapel. Family and friends may sign the guestbook at: www. brownshomeforfuneralsinc. com.