Tommy Dale “Slim Jim” Payne, 62, died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011 at the North Miss. Medical Center in Tupelo after a long illness.
He was born in Blue Springs on June 18, 1949 to the late Flynn Payne and Emma Langston Payne. He graduated from Saltillo High School, spent most of his working life as a truck driver for area furniture industries and was a Baptist. He was known countrywide by his trucking handle, Slim Jim and enjoyed as a chief hobby, fishing.
A prayer service was held in the Tupelo Room of Holland Funeral Directors on Cliff Gookin at 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. Burial was private.
Survivors include his son, Stephen Payne (fiancé, Rhonda Scott) of Vina, Ala.; a daughter, Amanda Pichette (Dale) of Ecru; his grandchildren, Haley, Josh, Preston, Bryce, Taylor and Madison; a great-grandchild, Arianna; three brothers, Lawrence Payne (Frances) of Olive Branch, Johnny Payne (Sarah) of Lake Cormorant and Ronald Payne (Brenda) of Saltillo; a sister, Bonnie Smith (Jewel) of Saltillo.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Bobby Payne, a sister, Anita Payne and the mother of his children, Betty Payne.