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Obituary: Deanna Felicia Payne

Deanna Felicia Payne went to be with Jesus on May 26. She was born on October 1, 1960 in Jacksonville. She has lived in Live Oak, Lee and Lake City. She was currently living in Madison. Deanna is survived by four sons: Seyavash Mesry and wife Lisa of Atlanta; John David Rutherford and wife Amber and their daughter Madalynn of Live Oak; Cole Matthew Rutherford of MacClenny; and Daniel Lee Rutherford of Atlanta. She is also survived by her mother, Patsy Dryden Welch of Madison; her sister, Ginger Ann Payne and Jamie Porter and their daughter, Madison Marie Porter of West Palm Beach; her sister, Cassandra Kay Nipper of Kotzebue, Alaska and her children Jessica, Luke, MyKayla, Sophia and Alexandria, all of Alaska and Mike Grossman of Korea; her brother, John Paul James Payne and his wife Joanna of St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands; and her other brother, Ronald Ervin Payne, Jr. and wife Debbie and their children: Lisa and husband, Nate and their son Drake; Jeremiah and his daughter, Ainsley; and Matthew and Sarah all of Okeechobee; and Ronald Ervin Payne, III and wife Jessica and their son Trenton of Mayo and She is survived by a special person in her life, her grandmother, Pauline Dryden, 95, of Madison. She is survived by hundreds of other relatives, cousins, aunts and uncles of several generations and a host of friends. Deanna is predeceased by her father, Ronald Ervin Payne, Sr., her grandfather, William Quinton Dryden and grandmother Mildred Rowell Payne.

Deanna loved her family and friends and would ‘give you the shirt off her back.’ She was passionate about her love of God, studying The Word and singing praises to God. She was always cleaning and making the yard and flowers pretty. Deanna was very talented and gifted. Her creative, artistic nature was expressed through everything she did: paintings, writings, flowers, pottery, gardens and interior decorating. We will greatly miss the shimmering glow of her glory… “And when the Chief Sheppard shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.” 1 Peters 5:4 Deanna was loved by her family, friends and all who met her. She will be cherished and missed by all. There will be a memorial service for Deanna, Saturday, May 31 at noon at Midway Baptist Church in Lee. Visitation will be at 11:30 a.m. at Midway Baptist Church. The service will be conducted by Pastor Jeff Bailey and Bro. Steve McHargue.

John Bullard