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January 09, 2014
best to all.
December 13, 2013
my condolences to your family Mr Payne you are the BBQ King! And you leave a legacy you will be missed.
October 21, 2013
I am saddened by your loss. We became "food friends" when we lived in Candleridge. He was a very humble and very nice man, surely to be missed.
September 08, 2013
So sorry for the family and friends loss. We are big fans of Cousin's, not just for the excellent food, but the friendly atmosphere. Thank you, Mr. Payne for a great business. When our location moved from 1709 to Heritage, we were sad. However, the new location is bigger and has indoor eating. We've never been treated like money, but rather like friends. Rest well and peaceful.
August 20, 2013
So sorry to hear of your loss..Your Dad was such a kind man .Prayers to the whole family.Nancy Dewitt Morrow and chilren
August 09, 2013
My prayers are with the family. Mr. Payne was a wonderful man and my family love eating at Cousin's because of the wonderful family atmosphere.
August 06, 2013
I always thought of Bootsie as Zayne Ann Payne's little brother. I rembember the day that Zayne Ann came to school and told us that there was a new baby at her house. Zayne Ann was a dear friend and her entire family was (and is) so wholesome and hospitable. She and Bootsie are certainly missed.
July 29, 2013
OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL.
CLIFF SORRY TO HEAR OF ABOUT CALVIN.
A CUSTOMER FOR MANY YEARS.
July 14, 2013
What a trip down memory lane for me reading all of these comments. I remember Boots and his family when they had a place in Lubbock in the late 1970s called Captain's Galley--great fried catfish!! A buddy and I would eat there 3 or 4 times a week. And when going through the line, visiting with Boots and his family would always make you feel very welcome and right at home. Restaurant owners could learn a lot from these guys.
July 10, 2013
I just found out about this today. Best wishes to Mark and Jordan and the rest of the Paynes. Boots was a star and made eating at Cousin's a unique experience.
July 10, 2013
Hello !
July 09, 2013
Bootsie & Beverly were regular customers at zekes,, we were always glad to see them.We loved to talk about the restaurant business & other things.We were so shocked when we heard he had passed.Bootsie will be missed so much, we think of him all the time.
June 28, 2013
So sorry to hear this news! Our favorite Barbeque place since they opened on McCart. Will never forget his smiling face. RIP Bootsie.
June 24, 2013
My father Coach Bill Allen loved Bootsy and going to Cousins We always go to the one on mccart when we are in town. We admired Bootsy and the whole famoly
June 23, 2013
So sorry for your loss. We have been eating "Cousins since we moved to Fort Worth in 1971. Take care. The Eddie Fulps Family.
June 21, 2013
OMG I just found out today about Boots and I am devastated. My family has been eating at the McCart store since it opened. I am going to miss his infectious smile. You could be having the worse day and see Boots and everything was OK. I am going to miss him a lot.
June 18, 2013
My first job was as a bus-boy at Cousin's. Boots treated everyone like family! I am grateful that I had the opportunity to know him and the Payne family. I learned that being a leader comes from being a servant! Prayers sent for the Payne family!
June 14, 2013
We loved Mr. Payne and his whole family. My parents ate at the McCart restaurant several times a week! The whole Payne family made our family feel like a part of theirs. I'll always remember Mr. Payne with a smile on his face and a positive attitude, even in the midst of illness and loss. From Priscilla Wilkendorf Nix
June 13, 2013
Our family has been eating at Cousins since you opened on McCart. So sorry to hear that Boots has passed. Our sympathies and prayers are with your family
June 13, 2013
Cousins is a fantastic place to eat, but the atmosphere of family permeates the place. Seems like just yesterday Mr. Payne was manning the register, and what a friendly and nice guy. He was always smiling and loved and appreciated every person that came through the door. More importantly, his kids have the same traits, and it is fun to come to Cousins for the food, but to also chat with the boys, and for us, has been mostly Cliff and especially Craig. However, the entire staff treats us like guests. Mr. Payne may be gone, but not forgotten. His smile would always light up the day.
June 13, 2013
Our sympathy to the entire Payne family. We ate your Bar-B-Que for years when we lived it Ft. Worth, and try to go every time we visit. We shipped your sauce to friends from Oregon to Minnesota, and when our son was married in Florida, he wanted Cousins for his rehersal dinner - yes, we shipped it. Such a pleasant and friendly and family oriented man. June & Malcolm Hill, Tallahassee, FL
June 13, 2013
I am very very sorry for the loss of Mr. PayneIII. My wife Donna and I raised the kids on your Bar B-Q. He will be greatly missed.
June 12, 2013
Bootsie was a great man and an excellent example of what everyone should be a little more like each day. My prayers are with the entire Payne family.
June 08, 2013
"What do you say, young'un." That was Boots' unfailing welcome anytime I came in the store. Always offered along with an extra big smile. What a marvelous Texas gentleman and a marvelous Texas family! Mrs. Payne, Cliff, Corby, Jeff, Mark and Craig, we rejoice with you in remembering Boots' life and we embrace you in prayer, sad at his passing. God bless you all for the impact you have had on so many lives and for the lessons you have taught us about the importance of family.
June 04, 2013
Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
June 04, 2013
Mark & Kelley,
Doug and I are so very sorry for your loss. Your father was an awesome man! I know that he will be truly missed. Our prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
June 04, 2013
love you Bootsie. You will be greatly missed. Hope you and my dad are staying out of trouble!!! :)
June 04, 2013
Boots was a inspiration to all who knew him. His smile and attitude will be missed. My prayers are with all the family.
June 04, 2013
Our hearts and prayers are with the entire Payne Family. It was an honor to have met and known Boots.
June 04, 2013
Our sincere condolences to Beverly,Jeff,Clifton and all of the Payne family.I have known Bootsie for 64 years and what a wonderful dear man.He was never without his great smile and I will miss him.
June 03, 2013
Cliff & Regina, our thoughts and prayers are with the Payne family in the loss of your love one.He smiling face will truly be missed. May God continue to bless you and the entire family.
June 03, 2013
I used to work at the Star Telegram, every Christmas we looked forward to Cousins BBQ, Mr. Payne always smiled and talked to us as well as his family because alot of us would go to the one on McCart, he will be missed, would My prayers are with you all. Rita Corona Rainbolt
June 03, 2013
It has been a long time since I last saw Bootsie. Perhaps 15 years. I remember that he always had a welcoming smile for everyone. I am sorry for your loss. Rest in peace. God bless.
June 03, 2013
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
June 03, 2013
Terry and I extend sincerest sympathy to the Payne family. Each visit to Cousins was an opportunity to enjoy a great meal and visit with family friends and we always felt a little better after Bootie asked, "How you doin' young'un?"
June 03, 2013
I was so surprised and saddened to hear of Calvin's passing. I can't add to what's already been written, but we have lost a great example of what a business proprietor should be. And his sons and daughter are testimony of what a fine example of a dad he was. The apples didn't fall very far from the tree. May the God of all comfort sustain you through this time of loss, Beverly, Jeff, Cliff and the rest of the family.

Larry (and Charlene) Willcoxon
June 03, 2013
Cousin's is like eating at home with family. Every person that works there always smiles and greets you every time you come in and the reason for such kindness is because of a family man by the name of "Bootsie". May God bless you & family always and comfort you. Calvin will always be there with you and especially at Cousin's.
June 03, 2013
In 1985 our son Brian was very sick. Sometimes beginning to believe he may never be returning home. Miraculously he made a recovery after months in the hospital and months at home. Our Neighbors and Calvin's son, Cliff & Regina Payne lived across from us and knew what we had been through. Cliff mentioned to Calvin (Bootsie) about having a benefit for Brian and to assist on our medical bills. On Mother's Day 1985 Cousins would have been closed but Cousins Family opened location on McCart on their own time, using all volunteers taking in money and buying TV for Brains Bedroom where he spent most of summer. This is what Calvin Payne, Payne Family and Cousins BBQ Family are about, a gift that Bootsie & Beverly instilled in the Family and all their lifes they touched. My family will always be grateful to the Payne Family and their leader Calvin (Bootie) Payne. Your legacy will live on Bootie.
Sympathy and our Love to Family from David, Cindy, Brain & Tami Brooks and Tim & Leslie Brooks and our four little men, our grandsons.
June 02, 2013
My heart is saddened by your loss and my thoughts and prayers are with you.
June 02, 2013
May GOD bless the Payne Family. Mr. Payne was a great guy always smiling and joking
June 02, 2013
To Beverly and entire Payne family. We were neighbors for over 20 years and the entire family are such gracious people. May his legacy live on forever. God bless you all. Jeff and Beverly Wilson
June 02, 2013
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of such a gracious and loving person, he will be missed. To the Payne family, "may God bless you and keep you."
June 02, 2013
Our deepest sympathies in the passing of Mr. Payne. We first met him when we went to Cousin's on McCart with Mother and Daddy, Marilyn & Dink Davidenko. After that Mr. and Mrs. Payne always asked about them. Mom and Zayne Ann (Bootsie's sister) were dear friends and Buddy and Daddy were always doing something crazy together. Just sure that Zayne Ann and Buddy were there to greet you again. Her with her beautiful smile and Buddy laughing that big ol' laugh. We will always love the BBQ and memories.
June 02, 2013
June 02, 2013
My family has delighted in the fine BBQ offerings of Cousin's BBQ since it opened in 1983. Bootsie Payne was always gracious and never once corrected me when I called him "Mr. Cousins." His family has continued the tradition and helped make the establishment a Fort Worth landmark. Thank you, Sir and God Rest Your Soul! You will be missed, as your legacy lives on.

Phyllis Goodman, Fort Worth
June 02, 2013
So very sorry to hear of Bootsie's passing. Much love to the entire Payne Family.
June 02, 2013
My prayers to the Payne family. Bootsie was one of kind. He had the special quality of making everyone he talked with feel like the most important person in the world. Thank you Bootsie for setting a great example of how to be a husband, father, and a friend. You will be missed but you will never be forgotten. God bless you Bootsie.
June 02, 2013
Old school friend, many years have passed since we went to "old" Paschal but oh the memories we had. I was lucky to have you & Beverly as friends.
Rest in Peace!
June 02, 2013
To the Payne family. Larry and I are so sorry for your loss. Have known you since you first opened Cousin's Bar-b-que on McCart. Always a big smile, hello, and how are you! You will be missed. May God Bless you all.
Larry & Shirley Rochford
June 02, 2013
Boots warn smile and kind words always greeted me when entering Cousins. If a mans worth is measured by a mans faith, family and friends Boots life should be an inspiration for all of us. What a wonderful man who who will be missed by all. Thoughts and prayers with all the Payne family.
June 02, 2013
I first met boots when i opened Mazzios Pizza around the corner from his first store on McCart. Our crew went there for lunch during construction and met Boots...we went back every day there after until we opened and he was first on our guest list for VIP opening night...if you met Boots, you liked him and his family reflected his values and personality....he was kind to everyone....iwe shall miss seeing him at his corner table having coffee and telling stories.
Darwin Toler
June 02, 2013
Such a great family loving man who will be missed. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
June 02, 2013
Bootsie and his wonderful family changed our entire perspective of dining hospitality and customer affection for his family. Our deepest and most reverent sympathy for the loss of this most likable and sincere patriarch and his family. A special regard to Jeff and Laura, our special friends over the years.
June 02, 2013
We have been blessed to know Boots since his original Cousins. His great smile and hospitality always made us feel like family. His legacy is felt through his family. God bless his family and may the memory live forever in their hearts. He was a wonderful man and we will miss him dearly.
June 02, 2013
I am so sorry! Ours prayers and love are with you! Thank you for keeping our neighborhood a great place to live! He always had a big smile for us!
June 02, 2013
Our prayers to the Payne Family. May God comfort you during this time. Thomas & Debra Smith
June 02, 2013
Been a customer for since '89,love the food but mostly love the Payne Family's way of always making me feel like family. Mr. Payne always inquired about my family, always a smile and always a good wish for the rest of my day. Have not seen him for a while but I will miss a gentle, loving, friendly man. Our deepest sympathy to the Payne family and all his staff.
June 02, 2013
Our prayers and love go out to Beverly and the family. We will miss our "buddy" and good friend, Rest in Peace Bootsy.
June 01, 2013
So sorry for your families loss..
Rest in peace Mr. Boots Payne.
Thank you for the best BBQ in Cowtown!! God Bless
June 01, 2013
So sorry for your lose he meant alot to me and my family.
June 01, 2013
June 01, 2013
Thanks "young-'un" for many wonderful Bar-B.Q.memories. Prayer for the family in this time of loss and transition.
May 31, 2013
Bootsie my family and I have known Calvin and his family for over thirty years. He has touched a lot of people's hearts throughout the years, whether it bbe through his great family or his business Cousins BBQ. My heart and prayers are going out to his family in this time of sorrow.
May 31, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. We are thinking of you during this difficult time. What a great Dad.
Juanita and Judy Hill
May 31, 2013
Our sincerest condolences to the Payne family. My husband and I went to the Cousins on McCart and always stopped to talk to Boots and Beverly. They were always asking how we were doing. We won't forget you Boots and Beverly and family are in our prayers.
Johnny & Linda Moore
May 31, 2013
Prayers to the whole Payne family from the Bayless family, Craig, Karen, Taylor, & Cole.
May 31, 2013
So very sorry for the loss. Boots was a great man and we always enjoyed seeing him at Cousin's. He will be missed. Condolences to all of the Payne family.
May 31, 2013
My condolences & deepest sympathy to the Paynes on their loss. No words can ease your pain, but I hope your memories will.
May 31, 2013
To the Payne and "Cousins" Families,
We are so sorry to hear of Boots passing. We have been going to Cousins for many years and have always been treated so special. Boots was a kind and thoughtful man, just as his children and staff are. Thank you for your kindness and thoughtfulness towards our families. May your happy memories comfort you during this difficult time. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Love,
Allen and Wyvonne Layton
Floyd, Sherry, Sean, and Shane Earwood
May 31, 2013
Our deepest condolences to the Payne family. Although we frequent the Burleson store now,and have not seen Boots in several years, I will always remember his inviting personality and funny sense of humor. See you again my friend.
May 31, 2013
Ronald & Nadine Fisher
May 31, 2013
To the Payne family - it has been too long since I saw your Dad. I remember well those first years at Cousins; holding my 25 year olds first birthday party there. Always a smile and a laugh and so very kind.
Prayers and blessings to all of you during this time.
May 31, 2013
As fellow merchants in the shopping center with the original Cousins, We came to know Boots and the special man he was, now reflected in his children, also special adults. He touched many lives and will be missed by us all. Love and prayers to the Payne family.
Hopefully, he and Sam are sharing some of his perfect ribs in Heaven right now! Joan Gissel & Brad
May 31, 2013
A great Man who will be missed. Every time I walked "Cousins" and he was there He flashed that smile and greeted me as if I were family.Fort Worth has lost a "Original". Hey Boots get that grill going in Heaven.
May 31, 2013
I've known Bootsie since junior high school and will miss him greatly. My thoughts
and prayers go out to Beverly and the family.

Johnnie Cozart
May 31, 2013
One of the finest men I have known. Boots was special. I will miss my next door neighbor and the laughs. Deepest symnpathies to the Payne family.
May 31, 2013
My prayers are for the Payne Family in your time of sorrow. He is with God-all is well. His legacy will live on.
Wesley Webb
May 31, 2013
My deepest sympathy to the entire Payne family and also the Cousin's family. I am a regular visitor at the McCart location and I am sure going to miss his smile. Boots and the staff are always so welcoming. Rest in Peace Boots. May God bless the family.
May 31, 2013
MAY GOD BLESS AND COMFORT THE PAYNE FAMILY IN THIS TIME.AND MAY HE CONTINUE TO SMILE ON YOU. HE ALWAYS CALLED ME (THE LITTLE ONE)
May 31, 2013
I am truly sorry to hear of "Boots" death. Years ago I had the privilege of caring for him when a clot caused the loss of a leg. A true gentleman who always had a smile even through his health troubles.

Robert W. Miley, MD
May 31, 2013
Besides serving the best BBQ, Boots, his family and staff always made 'you' feel like family. God bless you all during this time of sorrow.
May 31, 2013
We are so glad to have known Boots from so many years ago at the original Cousins. What a wonderful legacy he leaves. He'll truly be missed by so many people of this area.
Our deepest sympathy to all the Payne and "Cousins" families.
May 31, 2013
Our family ate at Cousin's at least once a week for 20 years. Your smiling face and kind words will be missed. Thank you for always supporting and asking about our sons while they played baseball for Southwest High School. Thank you for all that you did for your community. Rest in peace, sir. You were the real deal.
May 30, 2013
bootsie (thats how i have always known you) you will be greatly missed. My dad Don and you were best friends as long as I can remember. You were like a dad to me when I was young. Even though it has been way to long since I have seen you, I love you and Beverly and all the family so much and always will. I have the best childhood memories because of you and your family!!
May 30, 2013
Can't forget his smile & greetings @ Cousins on McCart. He will be missed dearly. My deepest sympathy to the entire Payne Family.
May 30, 2013
I will always remember your smiling face standing behind the register at Cousin's on McCart. Heaven is truly receiving a fine man. God be with you.
May 30, 2013
I have wonderful memories of Boots and the entire Payne family from high school. My sympathies to all of you.
May 30, 2013
Oftentimes, he would be seated at a table at the McCart store on Sat. mornings. He always had a smile and was very friendly. I will miss him. My sincerest condolences to his wife and family.
May 30, 2013
Such a wonderful man! What a great legacy he leaves behind in his children and grandchildren! What a blessing to have so many friends! The whole family is in our prayers! God Bless each one of you!
Love,
May 30, 2013
So sorry for the loss Boots was an amazing man who always had a great story he will be missed.
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