Margie Payne

    Margie Payne, 84, of Brasstown, passed away peacefully Thursday, May 3, 2018, at her residence surrounded by her three devoted daughters.
    Margie was a native and lifetime resident of the Brasstown community.
    Margie worked numerous years for Four Square Community Action in Clay County before beginning a successful career in real estate. She also was instrumental in the founding of the Brasstown Volunteer Fire Department.
    Margie was an active member of Little Brasstown Baptist Church.
    Margie enjoyed quilting, gardening, water skiing, camping, and playing cards with friends and family. She was a great friend throughout her life to all she met.
    She was the daughter of the late Lela Groves Sparks and wife of the late Max Payne, who died March 9, 2018. She was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Jennifer Mease; two sisters, Stella Sparks and Ann Stephens; and a brother, Jim Sparks.
    Surviving are three daughters, Debi Mease and husband Gary of Hayesville, and Linda McKeever and husband Bill and Diana Brown and husband Andrew, all of Brasstown; five sisters, Bernice Henderson, Frances Sparks, Marilyn Ivester, Laura Stamey and Patsy Harper, all of Young Harris, Ga.; seven grandchildren, Nathan Mease, Emily Price, Lindsey Strong, and Lilly, Asher, Will and Ellie Brown; three great-grandchildren, Hayden and Lyla Price, and Mitchell Strong; and many nieces and nephews.
    Funeral services will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at Little Brasstown Baptist Church with the Rev. Aud Brown officiating. Interment will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 7, in Little Brasstown Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Byron and Brock Harper, Heath Henderson, Jeff Stamey, and Brad and Curtis Stephens.
    The family will receive friends from 3-4:45 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at Little Brasstown Baptist Church prior to the services.
    In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Margie Payne to Brasstown Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 55, Brasstown, NC 28902.
    Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy, is in charge of all arrangements.
    An online guest register is available at


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