Geraldine Payne

April 9, 1934 ~ July 31, 2019 (age 85)


Tupelo- Geraldine Payne, 85, transformed from her earthly pilgrimage to her eternal home on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 from Baptist Hospital-Memphis.  Gerry was born in Tupelo on April 9, 1934, one of ten children born to the late Henry Hue Payne and Nell High Payne.  She grew up in Tupelo, attended Lawhon and Milam Schools alongside Elvis Presley and graduated from Tupelo High School in 1952.  She lived in Moline, Illinois for many years as well as Okinawa, Japan, where she partnered with her brother, Ray, in buying restaurants.  Gerry was a Lutheran and a homemaker the remainder of her life.

The family will celebrate her life in a private service at a later date.  Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel is honored to be serving their friends.

Gerry leaves behind her brother, Ray Payne of Okinawa, Japan; several nieces and nephews who adored her and was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Nell, her siblings and two children, John and Shannon.

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