Emancipation Celebration to remember committee member

GALLIPOLIS — The Gallia County Emancipation Board will honor and dedicate the 2017 Emancipation Celebration Homecoming Reception and Concert in memory of Board Member Jessie May Payne who passed away October 26, 2016.

The event will be held Friday, September 15, 2017 at the Ariel-Dater Hall located at Second Avenue beginning at 6 p.m.

Payne attended Cadmus High School, and after raising her daughters, she attended the University of Rio Grande to study law.

Jessie was a member of Corinth Missionary Baptist Church, which she attended regularly. Colleagues say she always expressed a firm belief in Christianity. Payne was a Sunday School teacher during the 1950s and ’60s and was the Sunday School superintendent at Corinth Church. She was the Girl’s Guild leader for Corinth when her daughters were teenagers. She was also the vice-president of the Gallia Sub-District Sunday School and BTU Institute. Payne was the overseer of the church kitchen until she passed that job on to one of the other sisters of the church. Payne was the deaconess of her church and she made the unleavened bread for the communion service. She was ready and willing to be a delegate and volunteer for the church when needed.

She was a frequent volunteer at Holzer Medical Center from 1973 to August 2016. She reportedly volunteered with over 27,000 hours of service. Payne reportedly started as a medical volunteer with the Red Cross Grey Ladies, which would eventually evolve into the Holzer Volunteer Service League.

Payne’s family and friends remember her as a well-known pillar of her community as she served on the boards of Gallia County Community Action, Serenity House, the Black History Board, Gallia County Economic Development Association, Emancipation Celebration Committee, NAACP and Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission. She was the minority representative for Gallia County and served as grand marshal of two parades in Gallipolis. Payne was honored by receiving the Bud and Donna McGhee Community Service Award, an award issued by the Gallia County Chamber of Commerce and considered by many to be the highest honor the chamber can bestow.

Payne was born Oct. 21, 1929. She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Deacon Adam H. Payne Jr. (better known to as Mike), four brothers, Samuel Hutchinson, Harry Hutchinson, George Lincoln Hutchinson and Malachi Hutchinson, and two sisters, Mrs. Oscar (Ruth) Hunt and Mrs. Howard (Naomi) Bivens.

She is survived by her two daughters, Sharon (Roy) Winston, of Cincinnati, and Carolyn (Bill) Casey, of Gallipolis; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. William (Nancy) Curtis, of Maryland; a special niece, Janice Patterson; and three dear cousins, Denver Keels, John Howard and Martha Cosby.

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Jessie Payne waves as she rides down Second Avenue as the Grand Marshal of the Independence Day Parade in the summer of 2016.
https://www.mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2017/08/web1_DSC_0347-1-.jpgJessie Payne waves as she rides down Second Avenue as the Grand Marshal of the Independence Day Parade in the summer of 2016.

Staff Report