Clara “Ellen” Carter Payne
by Kim Swindell Wood | April 15, 2017 2:43 pm
Clara “Ellen” Carter Payne, 93, of Sparta, passed from this life, on April 13, 2017, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.
Mrs. Payne was born March 2, 1924, in Sparta.
She was a long-time member of the West Sparta church of Christ and a teacher in the children’s Bible class for many years. She worked at Mallory before her retirement.
She leaves behind many friends who affectionately called her “Granny Payne” or “Miss Ellen.”
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Payne; parents Tom and Velvia Carter; sister, Margie McGowan; infant sisters, Margaret Juanita, Ruby Edna; and dear grandson, Brian Lewis Payne.
She is the beloved mother of Gale (Glyn) Howell, of Garden City, Michigan, Jim (Judy) Payne, of Sparta, Mike (Jan) Payne, of Nashville; beloved granny of Cheryl (Mike) Bertha, of Livonia, Michigan, Chris (Kathy) Howell, of Ypsilant, Michigan, Brent (Amanda) Howell, of Bowling Green, Kentucky, Tony, April and Chad Payne, of Nashville; precious great-granny of Lauren (Joe), Michael (Amy), Hayley, Savannah, Alex, Patrick, Ashley, Michael Kelly, Samantha, Trent, Hannah; great-great-granny of Brady, Joey and baby boy expected in May; and beloved sister of Wilma Healy, of Garden City, Michigan.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m., April 17, 2017, at Hunter Funeral Home, with burial in Highland Cemetery. The family will receive friends 10 a.m-2 p.m., April 17, at the funeral home. Derrick Coble will officiate.
Jeff Guth, Jeff Young, Jeff Turner, Jim Metcalf, Steve Howell and Eddie Rogers will serve as pallbearers.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the West Sparta church of Christ library.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.