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Seagraves, Texas- Graveside services for Chester Wayne Payne, 74, of Seagraves will be held at 3:00 P.M, October 24, 2020 at Gaines County Cemetery, Seagraves followed by Memorial Services at 4:00 P.M. in the Seagraves Eagles Football Field with Dan Reynolds officiating, under the direction of Ratliff Funeral Home of Seagraves.

Chester died on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 in Lubbock, Texas.

Chester was born April 3, 1946 in Hobbs, New Mexico to Clifford and Annie Sue Payne. He graduated from Seagraves High School and also attended College. He joined the United States Air Force in 1968 and served in the North Pacific Ocean. He worked for Oxy as an automation technician until retirement in 2012. He was a lifelong resident and a member of the First Baptist Church of Seagraves. He was also an avid sports fan.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Elliston Payne, a daughter Melinda Alexander; a brother Rodney Payne and a sister Linda Sansom.

Chester is survived by his two daughters Christy Seeley and her husband Tim of New Deal and Crystal Orum and her husband Chad of Seminole; a sister Karan Robertson of Lubbock, a brother Dennis Payne of La Vernia, Texas; three granddaughters Chloe Seeley, Caroline Orum and Chasidee Machuca; four grandsons Tyler Seeley, Tanner Seeley, Mason Orum and Jeremy Machuca; and a great grandson Alan Machuca.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Seagraves Senior Citizens, 1206 Ave. F or the First Baptist Church of Seagraves, 1205 Ave. F.

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Published in Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from Oct. 23 to Oct. 24, 2020.
Memorial service
04:00 PM
Seagraves Eagles Football Field
Graveside service
03:00 PM
Gaines County Cemetery
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October 28, 2020
Chester Payne was always a friend dating back to High School days. He always had kind and encouraging words to say and his friendship was valuable. I am thankful to have known him for so long and to have called him friend.
Linda Chance
October 27, 2020
So sorry to hear about Chester. We met when we were in high school when I would visit my Grandmother. Laura Elliston in Seagraves. He was a sweet person. My thoughts are with his family.
Judy elliston vanpelt
October 25, 2020
If we all could be like Chester, there would be no hate, no racism, no violence, no hypocrisy but only love for all, love for children and grandchildren and great grandchildren. A wonderful father, a man's man and a truly God made human being who expected the best and nothing less. His drive and love for life made his children the very best. I will miss you Chester and so will so many more!
Johnny Goodrum
Johnny Goodrum
October 24, 2020
Chester was our oldest cousin. Most respected due to his knowing so much family history
He was kind, respectful, helpful, giving, loving and fun to be with. He could tell the best stories. Lots of great memories he would be willing to share. You will be sooo missed.
Jackie Minor Lane
October 24, 2020
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Wendell and Brenda Wood
October 23, 2020
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October 23, 2020
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. Remember we love you all very much. We are thinking of you all. Love, Wanda, Byron, Mariah, Leah and Russell
Wanda Kirshman
October 23, 2020
Chester, you have no idea how much you are missed right now. All the stories I have heard over the last few days shows how much you meant to a lot of people. In almost 24 years you have taught me how to have character and be a man and I gained a lot of respect for you. You are your grandkids biggest fan. You never missed an event they had going on. I have and will always cherished all the day trips and over night trips I got to go on with you and will miss the long conversations you and I would have during the travels. Chloe, Tyler, Tanner, Mason and Caroline will continue to grow and I pray they have received the character and godly heart that you have. Rest easy now Chester. Chad and I will take care of you precious girls and grandkids from here on out. Thanks for everything you did for us while we were blessed with your presence on earth.
Tim Seeley
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