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Roy T. Payne, Forest Park Baptist deacon, dies at age 70  

PayneRoy T. Payne, 70, of Pine Bluff, a deacon at Forest Park Baptist Church, died Jan. 20 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. 

He was born August 15, 1943, in Booneville, a son of the late J.D. and Marine Brown Hill. He was reared and educated in Booneville and Pine Bluff, where he graduated from Pine Bluff High School.

Payne worked in the lab at International Paper Company. He retired after 42 years on August 1, 2006. 

Payne is survived by his wife of 39 years, Barbara Payne of Pine Bluff; children Sara James of White Hall and Bryan Crawford of Conway; grandchildren Jonathan and Morgan James of White Hall; a sister, Valerie Williams of White Hall and a niece, Laura Steuart of Pine Bluff.

Funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at Forrest Park Baptist Church with Gary Scott officiating. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22.

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