Thomas J. Payne, Sr.
Fitchburg, MA native, decorated Navy Vet; 78
LAKELAND, FL -- Thomas James Payne, Sr., 78, of Lakeland, FL, passed away Tuesday, September 24, 2013.
Mr. Payne was born January 7, 1935 in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.
He served in the US Navy
for over 18 years during both the Korean and Vietnam War
s and was highly decorated.
After serving his country, he became a sales representative traveling the east coast building store displays.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Survivors include his daughter, Cindy (Mike) Chambers; sons, Jeff Bennett and Rick Bennett; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; four sisters; two brothers; eight nephews and four nieces.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice, and son, Thomas, Jr.
PAYNE -- A graveside inurnment service will be held in the Shiloh Cemetery, Fruitland Park, Fl. On-line condolences may be shared by visiting www.bankspagetheus.com
. Arrangements are entrusted to Banks/Page-Theus Funerals and Cremations, Wildwood.