Gary Payne obituaryIn Loving Memory…

Rev. Gary D. Payne

Gary Dale Payne was born July 15, 1943, in the family home at Florence, Missouri. Jesus called his faithful servant home suddenly after a brief illness on December 23, 2020, at Bothwell Regional Health Center. Rev. Payne preached the gospel for 59 years. He made his profession of faith at age eleven and at age eighteen was called to the ministry at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, where he was currently serving as pastor. He preached his final sermon there on December 6, 2020.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy Lee and Beula Bernice (Homan) Payne, and one sister, Alta Lee (Payne) Williams. He has one brother, Troy Van Payne, of Bella Vista, Arkansas; three sisters, Joyce Ruth Shaffer (Paul), of Excelsior Springs, Missouri, Beula Jean Hagood (David), of Grand Bury, Texas, and Cheryl Lou Edwards (Tom), of Syracuse, Missouri.

On January 19, 1963, he was united in marriage to Dorla Kay (Hazel). This union was blessed with four daughters.

Gary graduated from Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas with a Master’s degree in December 1972. He lived out the promise, “As for me and my house we will serve the Lord.” He was a carpenter and built a strong marriage, a strong Christian family, and was instrumental with new construction of many churches, his hunting cabin, and finally his retirement home. He built meaningful relationships in the community as well as organizations like the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home and Habitat for Humanity.

Gary adhered to the doctrines of the Baptist Faith and Message, believing that God is in the process of reconciling the world to himself and that the church is the tool God has chosen to deliver the gospel message to lost mankind. He believed the Bible is the inspired Word of God which the Holy Spirit uses to draw men to God.

He served as pastor of Shady Grove Baptist Church in Clinton, Missouri, Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Florence, Missouri, Ashland Baptist Church in Ashland, Missouri, First Baptist Church in Trenton, Texas, First Baptist Church in Syracuse, Missouri, West Union Baptist Church in Versailles, Missouri, First Baptist Church in Kahoka, Missouri, First Baptist Church in Otterville, Missouri, and Broadway Baptist Church in Sedalia, Missouri. He also served as Director of Missions in Sedalia, Missouri and Brookfield, Missouri.

He enjoyed taking care of his livestock, farming, camping and gardening. He had a love of the outdoors and was a great hunter and fisherman. This year he harvested an eight-point buck during deer season and enjoyed sharing the story.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Dorla, of the home; four daughters: Debra Kay Williamson (Scott), Connie Jean Rugen (Jerry), Sherri Lou Collins (Jason), and Amy Lynette Cash; nine grandchildren: Sarah Williamson, Rachael Williamson, Andrew Williamson (fiancé, Abi Hincher), Jeremy Rugen (Jamee), Valerie Morris (Jake), Ryan Collins, Gavin Collins, Sophie Werner and Luke Werner; and four great-grandchildren, Quinn, Wyatt, Weston and Emery.

A private, family-only funeral will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 29, 2020, at Heckart Funeral Home in Sedalia, Missouri, with Rev. Leroy Moon officiating. The service will be livestreamed on Heckart Funeral Home’s Facebook page.

The public is invited to the graveside service which will occur at approximately 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Mt. Olive Baptist Church Cemetery, Florence, Missouri.

Those attending are asked to wear a mask and observe social distancing.

Friends may pay their respects and sign the guest book between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday, December 28, at Heckart Funeral Home.

Casket bearers will be Andrew Williamson, Ryan Collins, Gavin Collins, Jacob Morris, Kevin Williams and Terry Payne.

Honorary bearers will be Jeremy Rugen, Jeff Williams and Tracy Payne.

Memorials are suggested to the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home or Mt. Olive Baptist Church.


35 Responses

  1. Very sorry to hear of this. I remember Gary well from his time at Syracuse. Prayers for the family.

  2. Psalm 34:18 – The Lord is close to the brokenhearted … I still remember Gary taking us to a Billy Graham Crusade in Kansas City what is now decades ago … this and many other memories illustrate the impact of Gary’s life on his earthly extended family and most importantly the members of his vast heavenly family with whom he has interacted during his beautiful life on earth …

  3. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Heaven has received a wonderful person and a faithful servant. God’s Blessings. Love Rick and Judy Holem

  4. I have been friends with Sherri for many years and have come to know all of the girls. They were all wonderful and caring women. What a testimony to Gary, that he and Dorla raised such wonderful daughters!!

  5. So sorry to hear this! Abe & I send our sympathies to Dorla & the family! Many fond memories of Gary growing up! Heaven certainly gained an angel!

  6. Dorla and family. Sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. We have had some enjoyable times through the years. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Aubrey and NILA Burk

  7. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family. He was such a sweet man with a smile and kind word for everyone! He will be missed.

  8. What a beautiful write up for a beautiful family. So sorry for your loss but so grateful for heaven’s gain. Blessings to all of you and May God’s peace that passes all understanding be upon all of you.

  9. Dorla and family we are so sorry for your loss! Gary was a wonderful man and loved by everyone he met!! We will definitely miss him!

  10. I was not privileged to know Gary personally, but am certain of his service to his Lord, not only by the statements of his obituary, but as seen in his daughter, Connie’s service to her Lord as evidenced by her caring and compassion in her nursing and her talk of her father. Condolences to Hazel, Connie and the entire family.

  11. For got so loved the world he gave his only be gotten son that who so ever belief in him should not parish but have ever lasting life John 3:16

  12. I am so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. As a fellow member of his graduating class from Otterville High School, I have many fond memories of Gary. Dorla and family are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless.

  13. So sorry to hear of Bro. Payne’s passing.
    I have found memories of past experiences knowing Gary.
    He will be missed.
    R. I. P. Gary!

  14. I am so sorry for the family’s loss. May God’s peace be with you. I have such wonderful memories of growing up at Mt. Olive and the privilege of knowing the entire Payne family.

  15. Gary was always a quite friendly student at Otterville school…He was always very kind to everyone…he had no enemies…..I know he will be missed by many friends and family.
    Erna Rhodes Spath (1961 graduate of Otterville High)

  16. Although I can’t be there in person, my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Hold on to memories. May they provide you with comfort during this difficult time.

  17. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the famIly. He was such a nice man with only kind thoughts. He will be missed.

  18. So sorry Connie. I know how much your Dad meant to you. You two had a very special bond! God bless you and your family!

  19. Dear Miss Debbie, Mr Scott, and Miss Rachael, your Avenue Kids family loves you and we’re praying for all of you.

  20. So sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. He will be greatly missed. Dorla you and your family are in our prayers and thoughts at this time.

  21. Condolences to the Payne family.
    Privileged to serve with Gary in Linn-Livingston Baptist Association as pastor of Calvary, Chillicothe.
    God’s comfort to the family.

  22. My heart and prayers go out to your family during this difficult time. Gary was a wonderful man he always treated my family as his own. We will never forget him.

  23. My sympathy to the Payne family. Fond memories of the family when the girls were in school in Tipton

  24. So sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. He will be greatly missed. Dorla and family, you are in my prayers and thoughts at this time.

  25. Best Pastor Terry and I ever had. He had more influence on our life than anyone next to our Lord. He was a perfect example of the Love Chapter in First Corinthians 13. Our hearts are broken and his legacy will live on through many for years to come. God bless the Payne Family. Pastor Payne has graduated to the highest honor and is walking with History’s Hero’s. Our love for him continues on.

  26. Continued prayers for your entire family in these tough days ahead. Always hold onto the sweet memories you all have made. And for Gary, when we meet again, I promise to be the “tall, skinny one’! Thank you for raising the perfect best friend for me. You’ve left behind a beautiful family and built quite the legacy – well done faithful servant. Much love to you all.

  27. Pastor Payne will always be remembered for his generous heart and joy. He was a wonderful example and I cherish each memory. Love to Dorla and my sweet friend, Amy. Love you!

  28. Wonderful memories of Pastor & family during his ministry at Kahoka. Love you all. Will lift you in my prayers.

  29. Dorla and family so sorry for your loss. Everyone that knows Gary will miss his wit and wisdom. Prayers for all of your family.

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