BETTY JEAN TURNER PAYNE, daughter of the late Richard Grady Turner and Sallie Pearl Snow Turner, was born on June 28, 1948, in Halifax County, North Carolina. She answered God’s call to eternal rest on Thursday, October 9, 2014, at Life Care Hospital, Rocky Mount, North Carolina.
Her formal education was received in the Halifax County Public School System. After graduating from the former John Armstrong Chaloner High School in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, she spent some time in Boston, Connecticut, and Washington, DC. Upon her return to Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, she became employed with Champion International Paper Company and retired after years of dedicated service.
Betty’s spiritual journey began at the Pleasant Zion Baptist Church in Littleton, North Carolina, at an early age. She recommitted her life to Christ to be an example for her granddaughters, “The love of her life”. She loved her family, enjoyed cooking, and found great joy in making people laugh. The bigger the crowd at her house, the better!
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her five brothers: Robert, Grady, James, Jerry, and John; and her sister, Lena.
Those left with treasured memories of her life and love are her husband, Carl Payne of the home; her daughter, Charlene Lee of Roanoke Rapids, NC; two stepsons, Bryan and Christopher Payne of Raleigh, NC; two sisters, Marie Brown of Roanoke Rapids, NC, and Queen Champion (Rev. Walter) of Fort Washington, MD; one brother, Ronnie Turner (Gloria) of Roanoke Rapids, NC; three other sisters-in law, Sandra Turner, Linza Thompson, and Diane Payne; two other brothers-in-law, James and Huey Payne, seven grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at the Pleasant Zion Baptist Church in Littleton, NC. The Pastor, Rev. Clinton Boyd, will deliver the eulogy, and burial will follow in the Olive Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Littleton, NC. The body will repose at the funeral home until 8:30 P.M. on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, and at the church for one hour prior to the funeral time.