Lowell Rogers Payne, LTC Retired, of Wetumpka, Alabama, passed away Wednesday, March 26, 2014. He was 86 years old. Born in Sanie, Alabama to the late John and Nora [Adams] Payne he had served in the United States Merchant Marines for 6 months in 1945. He then entered the United States Army in March 1946 and served for 18 months. After marrying Mary Jo Crow of Odenville, Alabama in 1947, Lowell attended college at the University of Alabama, Birmingham Center. He was called back into active service in the Army during the Korean War in November 1950 and received a direct commission as a Second Lieutenant in 1951. He retired from the Army on April 30, 1970, with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. During his career, he served overseas tours in Japan, Korea, Panama, Alaska, Germany, and Vietnam in addition to stateside assignments. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Honor Medal First Class (Government of South Vietnam) in addition to campaign and service awards. He and his wife Mary Jo, moved to Venice, Florida from Atlanta, Georgia in 1978 and then to Lake City, Florida in 1981. His wife of 57 years, Mary Jo Payne, preceded him in death in 2004 and he relocated to Wetumpka, Alabama, in 2008. Survivors include his wife: Jennie P. Payne of Wetumpka, AL; son: Mickey (Sandra) Payne, Wetumpka, AL; stepdaughters: Anne Holliday and Georgette (Mark) Norman; grandchildren: Andrew R. (Charity) Payne, Megan Holliday and Gaelen Mitchell; great grandchildren: Trey Payne, Ivie Payne and Maddeline Holliday. Military funeral services were conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Gateway-Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel with Pastor Jeff Tate officiating. Interment followed in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. GATEWAY-FOREST LAWN FUNERAL HOME, 3596 South US Hwy 441, Lake City, Florida 32025. (386) 752-1954. Please leave words of love and comfort for the family online at www.gatewayforestlawn.com
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Published in St. Clair Times on Apr. 2, 2014