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Payne, Alice Bond

The remains of little Alice Bond Payne, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Payne of Houston, were brought to this city Tuesday afternoon for interment in the Odd Fellows' cemetery, the funeral taking place from the residence of the little girl's grandmother, Mrs. B. W. Payne. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved parents in the sad loss of their little darling.

Weimar Mercury, June 19, 1914

Payne, Basheba Winifred (Andrews)

Mrs. Bashey W. [Basheba Winifred] Payne [nee Andrews] was born on April 3, 1840, and departed this life on December 11, 1916. Mrs. Payne was converted and joined the Methodist Church at the age of twelve years. In 1859 she was married to Josiah F. Payne, deceased. She was the mother of eleven children, seven living and four dead. She was 76 years, 7 months and 8 days old. She was the oldest member of the Weimar Methodist Church, being a member of the Church for 64 years. Mrs. Payne was a true christian, her contribution to the church being one of her sons dedicated to the ministry, also her other children are Christians. The reason of her success in her family and among her many friends was the love of her Bible. The last chapter she read was Mark 5, "Hope in hopelessness." " Be not afraid, only believe." There was one page in her Bible much worn from constant use. The page is Mark 9,--"The Transfiguration." Her pastor, Roy G. Rader. {Interment in Weimar Masonic Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury—1916
Submitted by Ernest Mae Seaholm

Payne, Bashie

We regret to chronicle the death of Bashie, the 10 year old daughter of Mrs. J. F. Payne, which occurred at their residence five miles south of Weimar. She was interred at clear creek in the family grave. Her parents have our deepest sympathies.

Gimlet, Tuesday, July 2, 1885

News has just reached this place that little "Bashie," the ten year old daughter of Mrs. J. F. Payne, of Clear Creek neighborhood, died the evening of the 30th inst. of typhoid fever. The "rider of the pale horse" is no respecter of persons. The young as well as the old must succumb to His power. May God's grace sustain the afflicted mother in this hour of sore trial.

Colorado Citizen, July 2, 1885
Submitted by Ernest Mae Seaholm

Payne, Carrie (Guynn)

Services For Mrs. Carrie Guynn Payne Held Friday Here

Funeral services for Mrs. Carrie Guynn Payne, who died Thursday at her home here, were held Friday, Rev. Frank Walker, rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church, officiating.

Pallbearers were R. Lee Hastedt, Tommie Glithero, W. G. Dick, Oscar Schade, J. H. Wooten and Sam K. Seymour Jr.

Mrs. Payne had lived here 63 years and was a member of the Episcopal church. She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Betty G. Smith of Dallas.

Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest under the direction of Columbus Funeral Home.

Colorado County Citizen, March 9, 1939

Payne, Don Fernando


At his residence near Content, Colorado county, December 6, 1871, DON F. PAYNE. Mr. Payne was born at Nashville, Tenn. on the 12th of April, 1823, came to Texas with his parents, and settled in this county in 1846. He was a good citizen, known, loved and respected by all—a kind, affectionate husband and parent, a dutiful son and brother. May that God who tempers the wind to the shorn lamb, protect and defend the widow and fatherless.[Born: Sep 29, 1823. Buried Clear Creek Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, Dec. 14, 1871
Submitted by Ernest Mae Seaholm
Photo courtesy Ernest Mae Seaholm

Payne, Elizabeth Alberta "Lizzie" (Taylor)

Services Held For Mrs. Lizzie Payne

     Citizens in the community were deeply saddened last week to learn of the death of Mrs. Lizzie Payne, a resident of this community since May of 1901.  She was one of the community's most beloved citizens. She was devoted to her family and friends and was dearly loved by all.

     Mrs. Payne was born Lizzie Taylor the daughter of William and Susan Taylor on Dec. 21, 1874 at Buena Vista, Georgia.  She died on Thursday, August 17th, 1972 at the Columbus Convalescent Home where she had been residing for the past few years.

     Her family came to Texas when she was a small child and settled in Colorado County, coming to Eagle Lake in May of 1901.  She was united in marriage with Gray Payne on October 17, 1893, and to this couple three children were born, Oscar, Mary Elizabeth and Susie.  She was preceded in death by her husband in 1950 and her son and daughter, Mary Elizabeth - also preceded her in death.

     Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Susie Payne Seaholm of Eagle Lake; one sister, Mrs. Effie McCracken of Belton, Texas; three grandsons, Gene, Ralph and Bobbie Payne, three granddaughters, Mrs. Louise Spalinger, Mrs. Annette Rogers and Miss Ernest Mae Seaholm and ten great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

     Funeral services were held from the chapel of the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home in Eagle Lake at 4:00 p.m. Friday, August 18, 1972 with the Rev. Edward E. Mulliner of Kerrville, formerly pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, officiating.

     She was place to final rest in the Masonic Cemetery.  Serving as pallbearers we Ralph Payne, Bobbie Payne, Larry Rodgers, Ernie Rodgers, Steve Taylor and Carl Seaholm, Jr.

     Mrs. Payne numbered her friends by her every acquaintance.  She always expressed an interest in her family, church and community.  She shall be dearly missed by her loved ones and friends.

Eagle Lake Headlight August 24, 1972 Page 3
Submitted by Ernest Mae Seaholm


Payne, Emelia (Rabius)

Emelia Rabius Payne

Emelia Rabius Payne a resident of Eagle Lake for over 80 years passed away peacefully at the age of 97 on March 11, 2008.

She was the 4th child of 5 born to Augusta and William Rabius on Oct. 23, 1910 in East Bernard, Texas. She married Lee Oscar Payne and they settled in Eagle Lake, Texas where they raised a family of three sons. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother and was the last surviving charter member of the Grace Lutheran Church of Eagle Lake. She was active in the church, loved gardening and playing dominoes until her advancing years necessitated she move to her son's home in 2005 so that her family could better care for her.

She was preceded in death by both of her parents, her husband, all of her siblings, a son Ralph Payne, a grandson Kurt Payne, two infant grandchildren and one infant great grandchild. She is survived by sons, Gene Payne and wife Dena of Houston, Texas, Bobbie Payne and wife Judy of Cleveland, Texas, grandchildren Karen Lampton and husband Keith of Spring, Texas, Gwendolyn Morgan of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Ernest Mark Payne of White City, Oregon, David Payne of Wharton, Texas, Brian Payne of Sugar Land, Texas, Glenn Payne and wife Tammy of Houston, Texas, grand daughter in-law Shelia Finnerty Payne of Katy, Texas, 11 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren and numerous other relatives and friends.

The family wishes to thank the Resolutions Hospices nurses and the staff of Oakmont Nursing Home in Katy, Texas for their kind care during the last months of her life.

Funeral service will be conducted March 13, 2008 at the Chapel of Eagle Lake Funeral Home with Rev. Clements Richards pastor of Grace Lutheran Church of Eagle Lake officiating. Interment will follow at Lakeside Cemetery, Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers are her grandsons and great grandsons: Ernest Mark Payne, David Payne, Glen Payne, Brian Payne, Jason Lampton and Travis Lampton.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 13, 2008, page 4
Submitted by John Konesheck

Payne, Ernest Gene

Ernest Payne

Ernest Gene Payne

Ernest Gene Payne, 81, of Richmond, died peacefully on Saturday, May 19, 2012 in Houston. A cancer survivor for several years, his final battle has taken him to begin his next journey.

Gene was the first born child of Emelia Rabius and Lee Oscar Payne on June 22, 1930 in Eagle Lake.  Although he was raised and lived in Eagle Lake, most of his life he called Houston home.

Well known in Grain Industry as a leading authority, Gene’s career spanned six decades.  Gene worked both domestically and internationally, completing projects in many countries including Peru, China, Africa and the United States.

As a young man, Gene was a founding partner and builder of Rice Belt in El Campo, and Rice Industries in Eagle Lake.  Not only did Gene love new challenges, he thrived on them.  Gene served in the United States Air Force as a mechanic. He was a pilot and world-wide traveler. Since he had a love for the outdoors one of his favorite hobbies was gardening.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Ralph Payne, his first wife, the mother of his children, Doris Innerarity Green; and an infant grandchild, Oscar Dean Lampton.

Gene is survived by his wife of 22 years, Lois “Dena” Payne; his daughter, Karen Lampton and husband Keith of Spring; his son, Ernest Mark Payne of Oregon; brother, Bobbie Payne and wife Judy of Cleveland; his grandchildren, Jason Lampton of Houston and Travis Lampton and wife Lisa of Spring.

Gene is also survived by his stepchildren, James Pleasants and partner Niki Hinspater, Deborah McSweeney and husband Terry, Kurtis Pleasants and wife Stephanie; as well as his other grandchildren Mitchel Brown, Leslie, Tyler, Trey and Lillian Pleasants.

Visitation was held on Wednesday, May 23 in the Miller Funeral Chapel, located at 7723 Beechnut in Houston. A Chapel Service was held Thursday, May 24, in the Miller Funeral Chapel. Interment is in Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery. Condolences may be offered at

Sympathy is extended to the family for their loss.  

Eagle Lake Headlight, May 24, 2012  
Submitted by Karen Payne Lampton

Payne, Gray

Gray Payne Dies Tuesday After Long Illness

Gray Payne died at the age of 88 years at his home Tuesday, June 6th, at 2:45 p.m.

Mr. Payne, who was a retired business man, had been in bad health for several years.

Funeral services were held from Mill Funeral Home at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, with interment in Masonic Cemetery in Weimar, where he was laid to rest beside an infant daughter, Mary Elizabeth, who died in October, 1897. The Rev. Albert Brown conducted the funeral service.

Pallbearers were William Spalinger, Boyche Walker, Ben Ahlers, Earl Rodgers, Jr., Lloyd Spalinger, and Bob Payne.

Mr. Payne was born December 6, 1862, in Oakland. He had lived all his life in Colorado County, in Eagle Lake for the past 50 years.

He was married to Lizzie Taylor, sister of D. S. Taylor, in Weimar on October 17, 1893.

Survivors beside his wife include a daughter, Mrs. Ernest Seaholm; one son, Oscar Payne, both of Eagle Lake; two sisters, Mrs. Etta Brendgen and Mrs. Anna Stephens of Houston; one brother, J. F. Payne, Vivian, Louisiana; three granddaughters. Mrs. Lloyd Spalinger, Mrs. Earl Rodgers, Jr., and Miss Ernest Mae Seaholm; three grandsons, Gene, Ralph, and Bobbie Payne; and one great grandson, Don Spalinger.

Eagle Lake Headlight, June 9, 1950
Submitted by Ernest Mae Seaholm

Payne, Herman Lee

Henry[sic] Lee, the 3 year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Payne of Houston, died Thursday night of last week, of ptomaine poisoning, after a brief illness, and the remains were brought to the city the following day by the mother [Amelia Dryer Payne] (the father being paralyzed and unable to come), and laid to rest in the Odd Fellows cemetery. Rev. J. D. Worrell, pastor of the Methodist church, officiating at the grave. The heartfelt sympathy of all our people goes out to the bereaved parents in their affliction.

Weimar Mercury, December 11, 1908
Submitted by Ernest Mae Seaholm

Payne, Johanna (Balas)

JOHANNA " JOHNNIE" BALAS PAYNE, 86 of Houston passed away on September 13, 2005 at her residence. A retired registered nurse of 26 years, she worked at St. Lukes and Texas Children's Hospital.

She is survived by her four children Johanna Payne Jones, Joe Paul Payne, Lucy Payne Capps, and Mary Jane Schumacher, along with six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

A Vigil will be held on Sunday September 18, 2005 at 5:00 PM, at Eagle Lake Funeral Home in Eagle Lake, Texas. Funeral services will be Monday September 19, 2005 at 10:00 AM. at the Catholic Parish of the Nativity Our Perpetual Help Sanctuary Church in Eagle Lake, Texas with Rev. Eddie Winkler officiating. Interment will follow at the Lakeside Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Eagle Lake Funeral Home, 607 N. McCarty Ave, Eagle Lake, Texas

Houston Chronicle, September 17, 2005
Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

Payne, Josiah Frederick Turner

Weimar Items

We are sorry to announce the death of Joe. Payne, an old citizen of this county, who died on last Thursday night at his residence. He was buried Friday. [Buried at Clear Creek Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, February 27, 1879
Photo courtesy Ernest Mae Seaholm

Payne, Josiah Hereford


Death claimed the suffering racked body of Dr. J. H. Payne whose condition was told of in these columns last week, at about ten o’clock last Thursday morning.

Since the shooting he had been under the constant care of his children and friends, and at times seemed to be conscious of all that was going on. At one of these intervals he told the boys that he had done a “bad job” but that it would soon be over. His left side appeared to be paralyzed and it was difficult for him to make himself understood. He assayed to write something that he was not able to say and made a fairly clear copy.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church at three o’clock Friday afternoon, Rev. M. L. Darby conducting, assisted by Rev. Geo. W. Keeling. Interment took place at Odd Fellows Rest where the Knights of Pythius burial service was solemnized. Dr. W. W Gunn, Chancellor Commander, took the leading part and Mr. W. H. Lawless, Prelate of the Lodge, the responses and invocation.

Dr. Payne ws born in Yalobusha County, Miss. on April 21, 1852. He came to Texas in 1882 and was employed on the G. C. S. F. Ry. as telegraph operator. He studied medicine in Memphis, Tenn., in 1883 and 84, graduating from that college, and returned to Texas and practiced at Holland until 1907 when he moved to Columbus, where he has lived ever since.

He served this county as our County Health Officer twelve years, resigning on account of ill health in March last year.

Dr. Payne had been married three times, to Miss Carrie Burke in Alabama in 1875, to Miss Virginia Vahlen in Mississippi in 1877 and to Miss Carrie Guynn in Columbus in 1907. He is survived by the wife and five children, Joe of Waco, Mrs. T. L. Hiner of this city, Henry of Divilla, Ross of Fort Worth and Douthitt of Haskel, to whom our sincere sympathy is extended.

Colorado Citizen, December 3, 1925

Payne, Katherine


“Aunt Katherine” Payne, probably one of the oldest colored women of this city or section, died at her home here one day last week. Just how old she was at time of death is not definitely known, but many believe she had passed the century mark a good many years ago. She leaves a daughter, “Aunt Lucy,” who herself is well along in years. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, April 22, 1927, page 5

Payne, Kurt Wayne


Kurt Wayne Payne, 44, of Katy, passed away June 11 at Hermann Hospital in Houston, from complications as a result of injuries received in an accident.

He was a native of Colorado County, born in Eagle Lake on Nov. 22, 1959 to Bobbie Charles and Patricia (Shepard) Payne and married Shelia Finnerty April 10, 1998. He was a graduate of Rice High School, class of 1978 and led a career as a welder and fabricator. He was currently employed as shop foreman for Hydramotion of Houston.

He is survived by his wife; children, Britni Payne of Columbus, and Tara and Sean Mortier of Katy; mother, Patricia Seaholm of Eagle Lake; father, Bobbie Payne and wife, Judy of Cleveland; grandmothers, Emelia Payne of Eagle Lake and Bessie Mikulenka of Columbus; sister, Gwendolyn Morgan of Milwaukee, Wis.; brothers, Glenn Payne of Houston and Cameron Muzny of Eagle Lake; and mother-in-law and father-in-law, John and Phyllis Finnerty of Farmington Hills, Mich.

Funeral services were conducted June 16 from the Chapel of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake, with the Rev. Clements Richards, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church of Eagle Lake, officiating. Interment followed at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were Sean Mortier, Everett Moore, Bobby Marcella, Mike Brewer, Neal Marcella, Ron Brown and Pablo Mayorga.

Honorary Pallbearers were Dwayne and Darrel Austin and Mike Thomas.

Colorado County Citizen, June 23, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Payne, Lee

PAYNE—Lee Payne, son of Mrs. B. W. Payne, of Weimar, was born August 16, 1877. He has been living in Houston for a number of years, during which time he has been a very great sufferer as a result of dengue fever and paralysis. On December 29, 1902, Brother Payne was married to Miss Amelia Dryer, who was his faithful and devoted companion to the end. To them were born five children, two boys and three girls, both boys and one girl had passed on before, he therefore leaves a wife and two daughters to mourn his absence. Brother Payne has been a member of the Methodist Church for years and was a close Bible reader and a great lover of the truth. Before his departure he called his wife to his bedside and told her that the time had come and that he must go, but don’t cry, he said, it is all right. I am ready to go. Like Jesus he stood fearlessly before the threatening waves, waiting only for the hand of God to part the water of the angry stream. Roy G. Rader [Interment in Weimar Odd Fellows Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, 1915
Submitted by Ernest Mae Seaholm

Payne, Mary Elizabeth


Again we are called upon to chronicle the death of a sweet little baby girl. "Mable Lizzie," infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Grey Payne, after an illness of a few weeks, died Thursday at the resident of Mrs. B W. Payne and was interred in the family lot in the Masonic cemetery of this place. Weep not dear, parents, while it is hard to give up those we love, "God does all things for the best," and has taken the cherub to Himself, where it now has ever rest and with the angels dwells.

Colorado Citizen, Oct 28, 1897

Mabel Lizzie, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gray Payne, died Wednesday night at the residence of Mrs. B. W. Payne, after a brief illness. The little body so dear to the grieved parents was tenderly laid to rest in the Masonic cemetery Thursday afternoon at 4 o’clock, a large crowd of relatives and sympathizing friends witnessing the last sad rites. The MERCURY’S sincere sympathy is tendered the bereaved parents in their sad misfortune. God pity and comfort them, is our sincere wish.

The Weimar Mercury, October 23, 1897
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Payne, Ralph Lee


Funeral services were held, Wednesday, August 21, for Ralph Lee Payne, 54, of Eagle Lake. He passed away August 17 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Houston. Services were held at Dulany Funeral Home Chapel with the Pastor Albert E. Flathmann officiating.

Interment was held at Lakeside Cemetery. Arrangement were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake.

Mr. Payne was born July 26, 1931 in Eagle Lake, to Oscar L. Payne and Emelia Rabius Payne.

He served with the U. S. Army in the Dorean[sic] Conflict and was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Eagle Lake.

Survivors include his mother, Emelia Rabius Payne of Eagle; two sons, David and Brian Payne both of Houston; two brothers, Bobbie Payne of Alvin and Gene Payne of Houston; grandchildren, Jennifer Renee and Christopher Lee Payne both of Houston; numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceeded[sic] in death by his father and one daughter, Janice Rene Payne.

Pallbearers were Billy Stiles, Keith Lampton, Mark Payne, Kurt Payne, Pete Canaris and Kenneth Austin.

Colorado County Citizen, August 29, 1985

Payne, Zachariah

Born: Mar 4, 1794; died: Mar 14, 1870 [Buried Clear Creek Cemetery]

Photo courtesy Ernest Mae Seaholm



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