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Thursday September 23rd, 2021
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Melvin Earnest Payne

Mel E. Payne of Vicksburg passed away peacefully on September 18, 2021, at age 70. Mel was born on November 7, 1950, in Kalamazoo, MI the son of the late Marie (Kinser) and Clifton Payne. He was married to Coleen Payne (Campbell) on August 7, 1976. Mel joined the Salvation Army at a very young age and played in their band. He was involved with them for several years. Mel proudly served his country in the US Army when duty called. He loved to play the guitar and sing. Mel was an avid bowler and fisherman; he also enjoyed a good game of cribbage. Mel spent most of his time being a thoughtful and loving husband, father, and grandfather. Mel was preceded in his passing by his parents: Marie and Clifton Payne. Left to cherish his loving memory is his spouse of 45 years, Coleen, and two children: Kevin (Teresa) Payne; Colette (Andy) Axe. Also surviving are his brother, Terry Payne, and his very special cousin, Larry Warner. Mel was also the proud grandpa of three grandsons: Josh Axe, Bryton Payne, and Kaeden Payne. These boys were the love of his life, there was nothing he wouldn’t do for any of them. In-laws, Kat Campbell, Barb (John) Krueger, Jim (Terri) Campbell, and Kevin Campbell. Additionally, Mel had many nieces, nephews, and cousins as well as his canine companion, Honey. In accordance with the family’s wishes a public visitation will be held at McCowen & Secord Family Funeral Homes Rupert-Durham Chapel, 409 South Main Street, Vicksburg, MI 49097, on Thursday, September 23, 2021, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Mel will be laid to rest at Fort Custer National Cemetery the following day, Friday, September 24, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. Following the committal service the Payne family would like friends to join them at River Oaks Clubhouse, 226 Taft Street, Battle Creek, MI 49014, for a luncheon celebrating Mel’s life. Memorials made in Mel’s memory may be directed to Glenn Arbor Hospice of Battle Creek, MI. While visiting Mel’s tribute page please take a moment to light a candle or share a memory with the family. The Payne family is being assisted by McCowen & Secord Family Funeral Homes Rupert-Durham Chapel, 409 South Main Street, Vicksburg, MI 49097. 269-649-1697.

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Deepest sympathy to Mels wife, children & grandchildren. And to his brother Terry Payne & Larry Warner. Until last year, I had not been in touch with Mel or Terry for decades. I am grateful that a cousin helped me, another cousin from their mothers side, to be able to talk with them in 2020 about our shared family history especially their Grandmother Kinser who was my great aunt. I regret not knowing Mel as an adult. Age & time & location were barriers but family connections always remain constant. Keeping you all close in my heart & thoughts. Rosemary

Rosemary Pearson Candelario Sep 23 2021 10:52 AM

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Randy Dowling and family Sep 22 2021 6:30 PM

My Condolences to Mel's family at this trying time. I worked around Mel for many years at Checker Motors & he was a very nice man and very good co-worker. R.I.P. dear friend

George Brannum Sep 22 2021 1:14 PM

Arrive in Style was purchased for the family of Melvin Earnest Payne.

Sep 22 2021 8:30 AM

I will always remember the get to gethers at my Grandma Wells s house. Every holiday, and summers really anytime at grandmas we could see each other. I cherish those memories. Coleen, Terry and all the family, may peace find you and the loving times you had with Mel be in your hearts forever. Love you guys. Julie Wells-Riley and Jay Riley

Julie Pierce Sep 21 2021 10:32 PM

Mel was my cousin who had the biggest heart. He was raised by our Grandmother Mae Kinser after his parents died in a accident when he and his brother were young children. So Mel was a big part of our life growing up. As adults we didnt get to see each other much but he was always my favorite cousin. He sure did love his family and his Honey. He stopped at my store a few times with his Honey. I remember my little sister had all these stories of Mel, shed make up. Her favorite was that Sue, her imaginary friend, was going to fly her big pink plane far away and bring Mel home from the service. Shed tell it often until the day he did make it home. Big hugs to his wonderful wife and children.

karen dillon Sep 21 2021 7:38 PM

I often think back when we were in high school. Stan Baker, Mel and I would go to the salvation army church. They were such nice young men

Ann (Osborn) knipfel Sep 21 2021 4:03 PM

Dear Coleen, Kevin & Collette, My heart is heavy with sadness for you. Mel was one of the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I remember meeting you, Col, and Mel in 1973!!! I pray God comforts you during this period. May Mel rest in peace knowing how well loved he was. Sincerely, Carol R.

Carol A Raymer Sep 21 2021 12:03 PM

We had the honor of Mel touching our lives we are blessed. He is a wonderful spouse, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He loved all of his family and showed it. You will be missed Mel. Coleen, Kevin and Colette we are so sorry. Keep his memories close to your heart and he will be there with you. May you find comfort with God at this time. Love, Tim and Judy Gates Hayes.

Judy Sep 21 2021 11:18 AM