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January 31, 2023


Walter Keith Payne

October 28, 1964 - January 30, 2023

Walter Keith Payne, age 58 and a resident of the Thomas Community, passed away Monday morning January 30, 2023 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital after a lengthy illness. He was a 1982 graduate of Pine High School and later attended Southeastern Louisiana University. Keith worked for Bean Dredging and later the Box Plant at the Bogalusa paper mill for 12 years. He most recently worked in marine construction for Bertucci Contracting Company. Keith enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time in the outdoors. He loved mowing his yard and doing work around the property on his tractor. Keith liked tractors and had different antique tractors through the years. He enjoyed watching old Western TV shows and movies. He was a member of Crain’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church and he adored his young grandchildren.

Survived by: Wife: Cindy Creech Payne of Thomas; Sons and Daughters in law: Ryan and Erica Payne of Colorado Springs, CO, Justin and Shelly Payne of Franklinton, Kobie Payne of Thomas; Daughters and Sons in law: Melanie and Greg Knight, Amanda and Jarred Graves all of Franklinton; Grandchildren: Owen Payne, Jacob Payne, Luke Payne, Annabelle Knight, Nate Knight, Huntley Knight, Raylee “Ray Ray” Penton, Benton “Lil Red” Graves; Parents: J.W. Payne and Carolyn Rester Payne of Thomas; Brothers and Sisters in law: Ricky Payne, Stacy and Vicki Payne, Clint and Misty Payne; Niece and Nephews: Amelia and Cody Cooper, Chase Payne; Also several sisters in law, brothers in law and other nieces and nephews

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Kozzie and Lonie Payne, Frank and Dorothy Rester

Visitation will be at Crain Funeral Home Friday February 3rd from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. A funeral service will be held in the funeral home chapel at 2:00 pm Friday with Eld. Doyle Ball and Rev. Travis Houston officiating. Burial will follow in the Thomas Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Ryan Payne, Justin Payne, Kobie Payne, Jarred Graves, Chase Payne, Cody Cooper

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