James Kenneth Payne

James Kenneth Payne
James “Jim” Kenneth Payne

On Wednesday, January 5, 2022, James (Jim) Kenneth Payne went peacefully into the arms of Jesus at the age of 84.

The family will receive guests for visitation at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home in Dumas, Tx, 500 N. Maddox Ave. on Friday, January 7, 2022, from 7-8 p.m.  The celebration of life will be held at Boxwell Brothers Memorial Chapel in Dumas at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 8, 2022, with Darrell Wait, pastor, First Christian Church, officiating.  Graveside to follow at Northlawn Memorial Gardens.

Jim was born on May 28, 1937, in Butler, Oklahoma, to Harry Wilson Payne and Erma Bartrum Payne.  On February 15, 1958, he married Elsie Marie Hewkins.  Together they raised two sons, James and Mark.  The Paynes moved to Dumas in 1969, where they made their home until 2018, when they moved to Kingsland, Texas, to be closer to family.

Jim worked as a serviceman for Southwestern Public Service for 38 years.  He also worked as a master electrician as owner of Payne Electric.  Jim was an avid golfer, loved to travel, and enjoyed  playing many golf courses around the country.

Jim was a very kind, generous man.  He always put others and their needs before his own.  He was always willing to sacrifice his time and resources to help others, even complete strangers.  He was always a gentleman, polite and respectful of anyone he ever met.  He was a man of integrity and honesty.  He was always truthful to everyone, including himself. If he told you he was going to do something, you could always count on it being done, and being done right.  The absolute most important thing to him was his family.  There was never a question as to his love for his wife, his kids, grandkids, and great grandkids. Jim was a member of First Baptist Church of Dumas.

Jim was preceded in death by son, Mark Payne of Dumas, parents, Harry Payne and Erma Payne, and sister, Doris Jean Wilson.

Jim is survived by his wife, Elsie, of the home; son, James and Tammy Payne of Kingsland, TX; grandchildren Josh Payne (Brooke) of Ft Worth, TX, Amber Burt (Jay) of Lindale, TX, Andrew Payne (Brittany) of Roanoke, TX; 5 great-grandchildren – Emma, Austyn, Annemarie, Nolan and Evelyn.  Jim is also survived by his brother, Harry Lee (Janetta) Payne of Elk City, Oklahoma, numerous nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

The family requests that donations be made to the Gladney Center for Adoption at 6300 John Ryan Dr,, Ft. Worth, TX  76132; your church home; or a charity of your choice.

Please use this link to view the service: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICqEbNNnJ38

One Reply to “James Kenneth Payne”

  1. I only recently discovered the passing of Jim.

    My thoughts, prayers and condolences to the family. I knew Jim for MANY years, while working with him at SPS, as a young Apprentice. Jim was an honorable man, with high integrity, a sense of humor, and a staggering knowledge of the Electric Utility profession. It was my honor to know him. Rest in peace Jim, until we meet again.

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