Condolences & Tributes

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On behalf of all us who had the honor and pleasure of singing barbershop harmony Will, please accept our deepest condolences
Will was a true gentleman and a fine bass singer.
Norfolk Chapter, Barbershop Harmony Society - Sunday March 25, 2018 via Condolence Message
Dear Doris, Margaret, Dean and Family,
I was saddened to hear about Mr. Payne's sudden passing. What a genuine, kind and honest Christian man he was. He was a great role model for us all. I was honored to live in the Payne home as a "temporary son" during my term of service in BVS in the early 70's. He was a great mentor and taught me Basic Auto Mechanics 101 to keep my car running. Many more great memories! He will be missed by all who knew him. May God wrap his arms around you all and bring you peace and comfort throughout the coming days.
Harold Hochstetler - Sunday March 25, 2018 via Condolence Message
With our deepest and heartfelt condolences. Sending blessings, love and prayers.

Ernest and Family
Ernest K. Payne and Family - Sunday March 25, 2018 via Heartfelt Sympathies
To Doris and Margaret and family, Stuart has just told me on Mr. Willie's passing. I am so sorry for your loss but know he will be happy with his Lord and waiting for you in the future. You all had a profound influence on Stuart and his family and I appreciate all the time you spent with them as neighbors and at GBFBC. With Christian love, Mary Doris
Mary Doris Ferguson - Saturday March 24, 2018 via Condolence Message
Condolences to Doris & family, was nice talking with Willie and hearing his stories about the locomotives at Norfolk & Southern. All of the many friends of the church that helped him through the years. For God has now added another angel to watch over us. Prayers to you always.
Lance & Grace Sawyer - Saturday March 24, 2018 via Condolence Message
God just called home one of my mentors. Mr.Payne & I served together for years together on the deacon board@ Great Bridge Freewill Baptist. His steadfastness & genuine love for God was such a blessing to me as I learned the ins & outs of church leadership. He assisted me more than once on good ol’ car problems & even crawled under his house with me to help replace some of his rotten sills. Bro.Willie they don’t make em’ like you anymore. I always enjoyed having a meal in Ms. Doris’ kitchen cause you knew you were going to get something good. Thank you Bro.Willie for carrying the torch!
Tim Dove - Saturday March 24, 2018 via Condolence Message
iam sorry to hear about mr payne passing if any thing we can to help free let us know me and my wife Sheila will miss mr payne are prayer are with you and the family
stephen boyce - Saturday March 24, 2018 via Condolence Message
Sorry to hear that Willie pasted away. We had some good times singing and play with Fred Bates. I as sure he will be missed by all. A good man and great Christian. Wish i could be at the service for him.
Jr. Johnson - Friday March 23, 2018 via Condolence Message
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