TCH Past President Joe Payne (’78-’79) Passes Away

Joe Weldon Payne: beloved father, brother, grandfather and great grandfather, was born May 30, 1937 to Jack Aldrich Payne and Edith Mary Hoefert Payne, died on June 11, 2012.

Joe was predeceased by his parents; and his beloved sister, Louise.
He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 53 years, Elizabeth Krovontka Payne; daughter, Angela Payne Ward and husband, Robert, of Longview; son, Dr. Lee Weldon Payne of Nacogdoches; daughter, Edith Payne Schneider and husband, Tommie, of Damon; grandchildren, Amanda (Heart) and husband, Fernando, Elizabeth and husband, John, Timothy, Eden, Alyssa, Anna, Amy and Charlie; great grandchildren, Savannah, Braydon and Dominic; sister, Willa Story; brothers, William and wife, Vicki, Steve, John, Gary and wife, Elaine; brother-in-law, Stan Krovontka and wife, Donna; sister-in-law, Martha Coppedge; mother-in-law, Carmel Krovontka; and many nieces and nephews.

Joe was a devoted father, grandfather, great grandfather, mentor and friend to so many. He will be extremely missed. Being with family was Joe’s top priority. His grandchildren held a special place in his heart.

He was a graduate of the Houston College System and was president of Delta Nu Alpha Fraternity and the University of Houston, president of the Houston Transportation Club, and president elect of the Texas Industrial Transportation League. He was a registered practitioner before the Interstate Commerce Commission and the Federal Maritime Commission. Joe was a two-term appointee to the Advisory Committee of Texas A&M Transportation Institute.

Joe proudly served in the United States Army – Infantry. He was a Golden Gloves Boxing Champion-Featherweight Division. Joe was a long time parishioner at St. Theresa Catholic Church of Sugar Land and served as the Eucharist Minister, Lector and Usher.

Pallbearers serving are William Payne, Woodrow Coppedge, Jr., Gary Hickey, Dennis Donigan, Marshall Ott, Mike Gonzalez, John Story and Timothy Ward.
Honorary pallbearers are Bobby Oballe, John Dotson, Stan Krovontka, Bob Evans, Kerry Payne and Ed Wesley.

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