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Joe Denton “J.D.” Payne


J.D. Payne, of Hilltop Lakes, Texas, passed away July 11, 2018 in Madisonville at the age of 55 years. A celebration of his life was held 10 A.M., Monday, July 16, 2018 at Ephesus Baptist Church near Jewett, Texas. Rev. Ray Payne will officiate the service. A private, family graveside service was in the Old Bowling Cemetery.
Pallbearers:  Willis Stout, Cody Collins, Chase Collins, Paul Marshall Phillips, Kenneth Hinton, Brandyn Bryant
Joe Denton “J.D.” Payne entered this world on August 10, 1962 in Fairfield, Texas to proud parents, Paul Morse Payne and Carol (Haire) Hinton. He was raised in Normangee and graduated from Normangee High School in 1981. J.D. was self-employed in the carpentry industry, and he was a full-time caregiver to his autistic son. He enjoyed motorcycles and, when he was younger, enjoyed taking day trips on them. J.D. also liked being outdoors fishing and hunting. His favorite past time was being outside during the evening sunsets. Their beauty amazed J.D., and he liked the sense of calm that came over him while observing them. He had spent many evenings capturing their fiery red, yellow and orange colors on camera.
J.D. was known for his tremendous giving nature. He was constantly placing others before himself. There wasn’t anything that he wouldn’t do to help a person and would have given the shirt off of his back if it were necessary. This giving attitude was evident even after his death, as J.D. had previously chosen to be an organ donor to those with extreme medical needs. J.D. loved to read the bible daily and had been in the process of a spiritual transition to Judaism, a religion that he had taken much time to research and consider an appropriate choice for him. He had been a lifelong resident of the Normangee area at the time of his passing.
J.D. was preceded in death by his great nephew, Cade Phillips and grandmother, Era Draper. Surviving family members include father, Paul Payne (Glynda) of Beaumont; mother, Carol Hinton (Paul) of Hilltop Lakes; children, Jessica Payne of Plano, Clint Payne of Hilltop Lakes and Taylor Payne of Plano; sisters, Brandye Payne-Smith (Whitney) of the Redland Community, Michelle Sherrard (Bill) of Rockwall & Brykel Payne of Flynn; brothers, Brandyn Bryant of Normangee, Danny Hinton & Kenneth Hinton and honorary brother, Willis Stout of Lumberton. J.D. is also loved and survived by his numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the following facebook fundraiser link J.D. had started for his upcoming birthday supporting the organization Autism Speaks:, as well as, The Autism Society, 4340 East-West Hwy, Suite 350 Bethesda, Maryland 20814 or
Walters Funeral Home in Centerville, Texas was in charge of arrangements.


  1. Debra C Lakin on July 19, 2018 at 10:24 am

    J. D. you were an awesome friend! Your willingness to listen, your laughter, your wisdom, your kindness, your fun loving, adventurous and generous spirit were hallmarks of your solid character and integrity. A man’s man who was respected, admired and loved by many.

    You’ll be missed by many whose lives you touched.
    Although my heart aches right now, it’s joy filled knowing you are “home” with Yah, with your beautiful smile lighting up heaven! Your handprint will forever remain on my heart!

    Jesus loves you and so do I.

  2. Pearl on September 4, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    My heart,
    I miss you more & more. I love you

  3. Nancy on July 11, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    As I read emails and text messages that we’ve had for so many years, I wish more than anything that you were sitting beside me reading them with me.
    I love you, I love you more

  4. Nancy on September 16, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    I went out to the hysterical monument, screamed as loud as I could. After Clint had a horrible seizure, I felt like he and I both would see you soon.
    My heart, my life will never be the same.
    If tears could build a bridge, I would walk up to Heaven and bring you home, but you are at home. I love you

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