Jo Ann Payne, 78, of Lake Village, died October 19, 2020 at her home.
She was born September 23, 1942, in Wilmot to the late Sidney Thomas and the late Etha Ella (Standridge) Lamb.
Mrs. Payne was a 1961 graduate of Lake Village High School and married L.D. Payne the same year.
She was a homemaker and one who loved to work in her flowers and yard. For 36 years she was a pastor’s wife until her husband’s death. She was the piano player and Sunday school teacher at numerous churches. She loved to cook and have people gather together around the table to visit; she always tried to feed you if you stopped by. Sweet tea, coffee, cornbread, pinto beans, turnip greens, and dessert were her specialties.
She felt the loss of children, a son and a daughter, which changed her life forever. She loved her grandchildren and said that their laughter always made her happy. She passed away believing that Jesus Christ was her Lord and Savior. She will be greatly missed by her family, church family, and friends.
Mrs. Payne was preceded in death by her husband. L.D. Payne; a son, Thomas Payne, and a daughter, Sarah Jo Payne.
She is survived by two sons Phillip (Celesta) Payne of Lake Village; John Mark (Denise) Payne of Bella Vista; two brothers; Jimmy (Brenda) Lamb of Watson and William Lamb of Mississippi; a sister, Mary Eva (Danny) Rasmussen of Conway; six grandchildren, Jeremiah Payne, Amanda Payne, Laura Payne, Priscilla Deaton, Matthew Zeno, Alysa Sackett; and four great-grandchildren; Benjamin Payne, Emily Payne, Abigail Payne, and Hannah Payne.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, October 21, from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. at at Oak Grove Freewill Baptist Church followed by funeral services at 11 a.m. with Pastor Phillip Payne and Ronnie Garrett officiating. Interment will be at Oak Grove Cemetery in Lake Village.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Oak Grove Freewill Cemetery, 251 Highway 144 West, Lake Village, Arkansas 71653
Arrangements are by Bishop-King Funeral Home of Lake Village, Arkansas.