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Mary Alice Forney Payne

1931 ~ 2021 (age 90)

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Mary Alice Forney Payne, 90, passed away Monday, August 15, 2021 at her home.  Mrs. Payne was born July 5, 1931 in Asheville, NC to the late Hattie J. Forney.

Mrs. Payne was a member of H. B. Ferguson Missionary Baptist Church and served as a member of the Women’s Choir.  She was a homemaker for many years and enjoyed singing hymns around the home and caring for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Frederick Payne; siblings, Roberta Palmer, Frances Grant, David Forney, Guy Forney and Earnestine Forney. 

 Survivors include her children, Horace Payne, Elliot Payne, Sharon “Chick” Morgan (Samuel), all of Asheville, NC, and Kim Asbury (Michael) of Advance, NC; special nephew and nieces,  Stanley Forney (Annette), Marshe’ Morgan (Clarence) and Rose Goggins, all of Asheville; three grandchildren,  Adrienne Benton (Grover), Meka Backman (Devin) and Michael Asbury, Jr. (Cassidy); three great-grandchildren, Ashton “AJ” Benton, Londyn Benton, and Chance Benton.   

 A private funeral service for the immediate family will be 1 pm, Saturday, August 21, 2021, chapel of Ray Funeral & Cremation Service. Public viewing will be Friday, August 20, 2021, 2:30 – 6 pm. Attendees and visitors must social distance and wear masks. Private burial will be 12 pm, Tuesday, August 24, 2021, Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery, Black Mountain, NC.   The funeral service will be streamed live via the website at rayfuneralcremation.com. Acknowledgements by cards, flowers or memorial gifts may be forwarded to the Payne Family, 11 High Meadow Road, Asheville, NC 28803.


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Public Visitation
August 20, 2021

2:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Ray Funeral And Cremation Service
1373 Sweeten Creek Rd.
Asheville, North Carolina 28803

Funeral Service
August 21, 2021

1:00 PM
Ray Funeral And Cremation Service
1373 Sweeten Creek Rd.
Asheville, North Carolina 28803

Video is available for this event

August 24, 2021

WC State Veterans Cemetery

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