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Mary Bullock Payne

Madison - Mary Bullock Payne, age 84, of Madison, MS departed on her last great adventure June 29, 2020. Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 2, 2020 at Parkway Funeral Home in Ridgeland, MS at 11:00 a.m. with burial to follow in the adjacent Parkway Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, July 2, 2020, one hour before the funeral.

Mary was a wonderful wife, mother, teacher and genealogist. She was born in Brandon, MS to William Francis Bullock and Edith Thompson Bullock. She spent her early life in Brandon and moved to Pascagoula, MS where she completed elementary school. She graduated from Jackson Central H. S. in 1954. Mary graduated from Hinds J.C. where she was a cheerleader for the 1954 football team that won the Jr. Rose Bowl game in Pasadena, CA. She transferred to William Carey College where she was the editor of the College newspaper, a cheerleader and was inducted into the Carey Chapter of Chi Beta Phi, the honorary scientific sorority. She graduated cum laude with a B.A. degree in 1957. While a student at WCC she met her husband of almost 64 years, Bill Payne. They were married in 1956. She earned a M.A. degree from Ole Miss.

Her teaching career began with the Natchez MS. Public Schools; she then moved to the Memphis City Schools where she taught for 24 years at Messick H.S., Overton H.S. and Wooddale H.S. She moved to Franklin to be with her husband, Dr. Bill Payne, while he was an administrator with the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. Mary loved teaching and she often said that she was a frustrated actress. In the classroom, she was center stage every day, encouraging and inspiring her students to achieve their dreams.

After 30 years of teaching, she put aside her teaching aids and attacked genealogy with the same enthusiasm that she had facilitated in learning. She researched the ancestry of her family, her husband's family, her son-in-laws family and her sister-in-laws family. And when she completed her family, Mary researched families for members of DAR and Colonial Dames. She enjoyed doing the membership directory for the "Art 'N' Tiques" club and making prayer blankets for the St. Dominic Auxiliary.

She took time out of her schedule to make numerous trips with her beloved husband, son, daughter, brother and sister-in-law. Her memorable trips include one to Egypt with her daughter, one to Hawaii with her son, and one to Italy with her husband and her daughter's family.

She loved Ole Miss and for several years she attended the football week-ends with the Fabulous Four - her, her husband, her brother, Bill and sister-in-law, Charlene.

Survivors include her husband, Bill, her daughter, Karen Still (Jim), her son, Bill Jr., her grandsons, Jim Still, Jr. (Monica) and Jon Still (Susanne), her granddaughter, Lauren Payne, her great grandson, Nate Still and her brother, William F. Bullock (Charlene).

The family requests memorials be sent to the Payne Endowed Scholarship Fund, William Carey College, 710 William Carey Parkway WCU Box 1, Hattiesburg, MS 39401.






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Published in Clarion Ledger from Jun. 30 to Jul. 1, 2020.
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July 9, 2020
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Trish Lobasso
July 8, 2020
We have Known and Loved Mary since we first met shortly after Bill and Mary were married. I knew immediately what an AMAZING person she was. Bobby, Lisa and I have enjoyed dining with Bill and Mary, vacationing together in Destin and keeping up with their wonderful family. Praying for our Heavenly Father's comfort and blessings during this painful loss. We know the good memories will keep the continuing presence of Mary in her family and the lives of so many she touched in her AMAZING life. Vs.4 Amazing Grace "Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail And mortal life shall cease, Amazing grace shall then prevail in heaven's joy and peace."
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Norma Teuton
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July 1, 2020
Mrs. Payne was one of my high school English teachers. I can't remember everything she taught me, but I will never forget that she taught with rigor laced with grace and kindness.
Mechele Dickerson
Student
July 1, 2020
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Martin Earhart
July 1, 2020
WE taught at Woodale together
She was.a good friend

IreneBarnes
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July 1, 2020
I have know Mary since 1955 and have long loved and appreciated her and her beloved husband Bill. May cherished memories and and deep faith sustain the family in their sorrow. Blessings.
Barbara L Hamilton
Friend
July 1, 2020
Mrs. Payne was an extraordinary teacher and person. She was my English teacher in the late 70s and will always have a special place in my heart! She made us all want to be better people! She also chaperoned our drill team trips - and we were thrilled she was with us!! Her humor, intelligence, compassion and personality came through so brightly!
My sincere condolences for the family.
Lisa Fesmire
Student
July 1, 2020
So sad to hear. Mrs. Payne was my absolute favorite teacher at Wooddale High School! She was so stern (not really but she wanted us to think so!), soft, loving, funny, classic, smart and such a great example for a High School Senior! She made a difference in my life.
Trish Lobasso
Student
June 30, 2020
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