Mary E. Payne, 84, of Colonial Heights, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at Southside Regional Medical Center.

She was the daughter of the late Harry E. Richardson Sr. and Edna Hunt Richardson. Mary was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church, and was a retired teaching assistant for the Chesterfield County School System.

She is survived by her loving husband, Ernest E. Payne; a son, Philip Steven Payne and wife, Mary Ruth, of Charlotte, N.C.; two daughters, Laura Lynn Payne-Ballard and husband, Charles, of Richmond, and Nancy Allison Payne-Van Fossen and husband, Robert, of Richmond; grandchildren, Paul and Alison Ballard of Richmond, Alan Shaw and wife, Tiffany, of Roanoke, Va., Holly Withers and husband, Thornton, of Charlotte, N.C.; and great-grandchildren, Benjamin Thompson, Henry Thompson, Lauren Thompson, Allison, Grant, Wyatt and Meredith Shaw.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 3, 2014, at Immanuel Baptist Church, 620 Lafayette Ave., Colonial Heights, VA 23834, with the Rev. Fred Adkins officiating. Interment to follow in Sunset Memorial Park, Chester. The family will receive friends from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Colonial Heights Chapel of the E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes & Crematory, 2033 Boulevard. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Immanuel Baptist Church Building Fund or the Church Library. Condolences may be registered at

Funeral Home

E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes & Crematory
2033 Boulevard  Colonial Heights, VA 23834
(804) 526-3400

Published in The Progress-Index on Feb. 28, 2014