Retired high school teacher
, Mrs. Willie Mae Payne departed this life on Saturday, July 12, 2014. She was 79 years old and a resident of Port Allen, LA. Willie Mae is survived by Charley Payne, her husband of 60 years; son, Harold Payne (Veronica), daughters, Yvette Payne (Kenneth), and Chevonne Payne. Willie Mae loved learning and teaching. She received her Bachelors of Science & Masters of Education from Southern University, Baton Rouge. She later completed her 30+ & received numerous National Science Foundation grants for Aerospace Science. While in college, Willie Mae became a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. Willie Mae was baptized at an early age at Mount Bethel Methodist Church & she was an active member of Scott's United Methodist Church. Willie Mae was preceded in death by her parents, Willie Goings, Sr. and Mary Norflin Goings of Weyanoke, Louisiana; and her siblings Ralph and Nancy Lee Goings. She is survived by 2 sisters, Mary Goings Smith and Gloria Dean Collins; 3 brothers, Willie Goings, Jr. (Hattie), Eugene Goings (Emma) and Rayfield Goings (Gwen); 7 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and a host of friends and relatives. Visitation will be held at Hall Davis & Son, 9348 Scenic Highway, Baton Rouge on Thursday July 17, 2014 from 1 – 7pm (Family visitation 5 – 7 pm). Visitation resumes on Friday, July 18, 2014 @ Scotts United Methodist Church (210 Atchafalaya Street, Port Allen) starting at 9:00 am and continues until services begin at 11:00 am. Interment follows at Louisiana National Cemetery in Zachary, LA. Services to be conducted by Rev. Willie Laws.