Paul M. Payne

October 22, 1981 ‒ November 22, 2020

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Paul M. Payne, age 39, of Mount Vernon, Ohio, passed away on Sunday, November 22, 2020 from injuries sustained in an accident at work.  He was born on October 22, 1981 in Mount Vernon, Ohio the son of Rick and Regina (Deem) Payne.

Paul previously worked full time for the Joint Force Headquarters of the Army National Guard.  For the last eight years, Paul worked for CSX railroads.

Paul was a dedicated husband, father and son that loved nothing more than spending time with his family.  His wife and kids were his hobby.  He enjoyed taking them outside, whether it was camping, hiking or target shooting, he was always with them.  Paul also enjoyed playing video games, as it was another way to spend time with them.

He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Haley (Davis) Payne; his children, Shawn Payne of Mount Vernon, Jacob Payne, Marcus Payne, Lily Payne and Sarah Payne all of the home; his mother; Regina Payne; sister, Erica Payne and paternal grandmother Patricia Payne.

Besides his father he was preceded in death by a brother, Kyle Jason Payne; paternal grandfather, Paul “Buck” Payne; maternal grandparents, Charles “Ed” and Norma Deem.

Friends may call on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home.  The family will observe a private service.  Due to the pandemic the family ask that mask protocol be followed.

Memorial contributions in Paul’s name may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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  • Paul was a great friend and a co worker I always looked forward to working with. We talked about our families all the time. He truly loved you all. Words cannot express the loss I feel and the hole in my life he leaves. I will always remember his constant smile and infectious humor and laugh! Again my deepest sympathies and condolences.

    Brian Napier

    • Thankyou for your thoughts. I know Paul looked forward to working with you also. He was a good man and we will all miss him so much.

  • My deepest condolences to the family. I worked with Paul for several years as a member of the Ohio Army National Guard. He was always a joy be to around. I consider him a friend and he will be missed.

    • Thank you Bush. Paul definitely considered you a friend as well. He had so much fun with you guys at the armory. Thank you for your thoughts.

  • My deepest sympathies for all of the Payne family members. I worked with Paul for a couple of years in the National Guard Personnel Branch and he was always very happy and upbeat. He was a very nice man who always talked about his kids and family.

    He told good jokes and could always make me laugh even when I didn’t feel like laughing. He will be missed very much!

  • I worked with Paul during his National Guard service. He made me laugh every single day I spent time with him. He spoke about his wife and children with much love and often. It is a great loss for everyone that knew him.

  • So sorry for your loss. He was always fun to work with in the National Guard. I hated to see him leave our team but understand he had better opportunity’s. He will be truly missed.

  • To the entire Payne family: I couldn’t believe this when Jeanie called. My heart broke for her, and for all of you. I thought about the little ones who will feel the loss every day, not knowing exactly why this has happened. I feel for the older kids, they always need their dad. I feel for Haley, your sorrow must be immense. to his sister Erica, it just doesn’t feel right, I hope God gives you the strength to get you through life know your brother still is watching over you. To Regina, no parent should bury their children before they are laid to rest, it doesn’t seem right. Your burden has been so heavy, now there is another. Paul Michael is in good hands and now reunited with his dad. God bless you all. He knew he was loved, what a fine legacy.

  • I also had the pleasure of working with SGT Payne when he was in the Ohio Army National Guard.  He always kept us entertained with the funniest life stories & his family adventures, hands down one of the funniest humans I’ve ever met! My heart must have skipped 5 beats when I heard of his accident. My deepest condolences go out to his wife, children, & family. 

  • Our hearts goes out to the Payne Family. My husband Roger worked with Paul at CSX. Paul was one of his favorite conductors and friend to work with, he will be missed. Roger could tell Paul’s family was everything to him, he loved you all. May you feel God’s Love during this time of grief . The wonderful memories of Paul will help be a comfort in coming days and years.
    Roger and Christy Tolle.

  • We were so sorry to learn of Paul’s passing. We have so many fun and fond memories of him as a kid, and then I was privileged to meet him again as a parent of Twin Oak students. He was so proud of his kids. We are praying for your family in this time of sudden and shocking loss.

    • Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. We took the kids tubing down the river this past summer and Paul told them all about the great adventure he and Will had. Thankyou for keeping him in your thoughts.

  • I worked with SGT Payne in the Ohio National Guard and always enjoyed his company. He was very much a family man, always talked about his wife and children with such pride. My heart breaks for the family’s loss. So sad to learn of his passing, prayers for him and his family.

  • There are only 4 people on the face of this planet that I consider my best friend. Paul was one of them. In all my years of railroading Paul was my favorite to work with, he made the job fun, our sense of humor just clicked, we laughed the hours away. My condolences to his family, I know so many great stories about each of you. Each story and the brilliant way Paul told them will live on through me.

    • Thankyou so much, Paul was always happier going to work when he knew he was working with you. I can’t tell you how much we appreciate you keeping his stories alive. He LOVED making people laugh so that is truly the best way you could honor him.


  • To Lily and her loving family:
    I am so sorry to hear about this. Please know that I am thinking of you all. Please tell Lily that Mrs. Joseph is thinking of her and that I am so sorry to learn of this. This has to be so hard for all of you. I wish I could take away the sorrow, I hope you know you aren’t in this alone. Please let me know if there is anything I can do.