PAYNE, Kenneth Allen|
There is added joy and laughter in the heavens as The Lord of the Dance and His hosts welcome Kenneth Allen Payne, age 55, of Pflugerville, TX. Ken was born on June 13, 1959 in Augusta, GA and surrendered his battle with cancer on July 3, 2014 in Round Rock, TX. He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Krista Hoffman Payne; daughters Kilie Marie Payne, Marisa Lynn Payne, and Kendall Hoffman Payne, all of Pflugerville, TX; mother Alta Faye Payne, of Georgetown, TX; sister Joan Faye Kotal (David) of Pflugerville; brother Timothy Dale Payne (Mandy) of McKinney, TX; nephews Clinton David Kotal (Allison) of Fair Oaks Ranch, TX, Garrett Payne Kotal of Austin, TX, Luke Payne, James Payne, and Jake Payne all of McKinney, TX; great niece Madeline Leigh Kotal of Fair Oaks Ranch; loving family and friends.
He was predeceased by paternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. William T. Payne of Arkansas and maternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Burl C. Long of California; father James Virgil Payne; brothers James David Payne and Joey Lee Payne.
After many moves with a father in the military, the Payne family settled in the Austin area where Ken has lived all his adult life. Working for Republic National Beverage Company was an opportunity for him to excel with his natural friendliness and sharp memory. He enjoyed his job and the people with whom he associated. As an enthusiastic athlete, he played softball on his church's team and volunteered by coaching Little League baseball and football. He made many wonderful friends and loved outings, trips, and having friends and family at the house for games and together time where his quick wit made him the life of the party.
Ken, with his family, was an active member of Northwest Hills United Methodist Church, serving as usher, committee member, Sunday school teacher, and vacation bible school teacher. He treasured being a part of the Emmaus Community (Walk #571). Ken greatly valued the loving stability NWHUMC members afforded his family, especially his girls, the light of his life.
A host of family and friends will forever hold dear the memory of our fun-loving, tender-hearted, competitive, Longhorn fan, Ken Payne.
The family offers heart-felt thanks to Dr. Darren Kocs, Texas Oncology and St. David's Round Rock Hospital.
Viewing and visitation will be on Sunday, July 6, 2:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M at Beck Funeral Home, 4765 Priem Lane, Pflugerville, TX 78660. You are invited to worship with the family and join in singing Ken's favorite hymn, Lord of the Dance, at the funeral service being held at Northwest Hills United Methodist Church, 7050 Village Center Drive, Austin, Texas on Monday, July 7, 10:30 A.M. Revs. Charlie Baskin and Wade Lindstrom will be conducting the service. Burial will follow at Cook Walden Memorial Hills Park Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family knows that Ken would appreciate contributions to: Wonders and Worries, a non-profit organization servicing children struggling with understanding and coping with a parent's serious illness. Wonders and Worries 9109 Burnet Rd. #107, Austin, Texas 78758.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from July 5 to July 6, 2014