Hunter Franklin Payne (92) passed away on March 25, 2014 at his home in Marshall, Virginia.
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Hunter was born January 17, 1922 to Paul and Alberta Payne.
He and his brother Albert founded Lone Pine Dairy in 1932 and continued to operate it until 1978.
His real passion was his music which he shared freely with everyone. In the 40's and 50's, he and four other friends had a dance band and played for area proms and other occasions. During his lifetime, he served as organist for several churches in the area; and after his retirement, he spent most Friday mornings at the piano in the lobby of Fauquier Hospital. He welcomed his regulars to join him around the piano while he played their favorites. He firmly believed that his talent was meant to be shared. In January 2007, the Fauquier Democrat named Mr. Payne one of five in the county who made a difference in 2006.
Mr. Payne was a 60 year member of Cochran Masonic Lodge #271, The Plains, VA, a member of the Fauquier Royal Arch #25; the Piedmont Commandery #26. He served as District Deputy, Grand Master, secretary and was affiliated with the York Rite College and Order of the Eastern Star Culpeper Chapter #79, also serving as a state officer and grand organist for the state of Virginia. He was a member of Rectortown United Methodist Church and served as the church organist.
Hunter married Jeannette Heflin who survives him on July 15, 1942. He is also survived by two daughters, Paula Constantini (Stan) and Pat Stonestreet (Jim), seven grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and two great, great grandchildren.
Visitation will be at Moser Funeral Home on Friday, March 28 from 6 to 8 pm. A Masonic service will be held at 8 pm.
A celebration of Mr. Payne's life will be on Saturday, March 29 at Moser Funeral Home at 2 pm. Burial will be in Leeds Cemetery, Markham, VA.
Pallbearers will be grandsons Michael Pearson, Paul Pearson, Jeffrey Pearson, and John Stonestreet and grandsons -in-law Jeff Clegg, Darren Borg and Dave White and beloved friend and neighbor Cliff Grimsley.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Masonic Lodge.
Memorial contributions may be made in Hunter's name to Rectortown United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 301, Rectortown, VA 20140.
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Published in Northern Virginia Daily on Mar. 28, 2014