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Mr. Bernard Payne, Sr.

January 20, 1951 ~ October 24, 2021 (age 70)


On the morning of October 24, 2021 ; God in his infinite wisdom, called his son from labor to reward. Mr. Bernard Payne, Sr., 70, of Cottageville, South Carolina;  Mr. Payne was a beloved, husband, father, grandfather and more to all who loved and knew him. His cherished essence of life is one that will comfort the hearts of his beloved family. 

Public visitation will be held on Friday: October 29, 2021  (1:00-6:00P.M.) at the mortuary. The Celebration of Life will will take place on Saturday : October 30, 2021; Eleven O’clock in the morning in the church yard of the Jericho United Methodist Church in Cottageville, SC. 

 (Facial Masks and social distancing practices will be  enforced during the visitation and celebration of life services.) 

On behalf of the family, we ask that you lift them in prayers as they prepare to celebrate and say farewell to whom they love.


Mr. Bernard Payne, Sr. (affectionately known as Bernie), was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, and great-grandfather, born on January 20, 1951, to the late Albertha S. Payne and Edward V. Payne, Sr. He peacefully passed from this life on October 24, 2021, after a valiant fight with kidney disease, diabetes, and other ailments and is finally resting with no pain.

Upon receiving his high school diploma at W. Gresham Meggett High School in James Island, South Carolina, Bernie enlisted in the United States Army to follow in the footsteps of his big brother who was already serving in Vietnam. Bernie served as a Paratrooper and Parachute Rigger, became an Expert Rifleman and received the Parachutist Badge and the National Defense Service Medal before being Honorably Discharged. Bernie left the Army and went on to support his growing family as a Welder at Charleston Naval Shipyard.

Bernie is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Alfred Payne and Paul M. Payne, Sr. (Regina Payne - also deceased).

He leaves to cherish his loving memory: his wife, Eyvonne “Pat” Payne of Cottageville, SC; one brother, Edward V. Payne, Jr. of Cottageville, SC; three daughters, Katrina R. Payne of Walterboro, SC; C. Wondella Payne of Knightdale, NC; Lateisha L. Payne (Tiffany V. Hickman) of Lawrenceville, GA; one son, Bernard Payne, Jr. (Tawana) of Garner, NC; six brothers-in-law, Ronald Smalls, Terry Johnson, Johnny Johnson (Melissa), Bobby Johnson (Flashette), Peter Johnson, Wilbur Johnson (Clarice); four sisters-in-law, Penny Cromwell (Clyde), Virginia Marie Bullock, Barbara Jackson, Sandra Johnson; fourteen grandchildren, Jamal, Jalen, LaKeyah, Damon, DaShawn, DaRonte, DaOnte, LaKiyah, Daiarius, Dalamon, Dayton, DaLeon, Sarai, and Marcus; and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Bernie kept us all laughing to the end even when suffering in pain. Our super Dallas Cowboys Fan will forever be missed and we will cherish all the loving memories of him in our hearts.


To send flowers to Mr. Bernard Payne, Sr.'s family, please visit our floral store.


October 29, 2021

1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Koger's Mortuary Service
508 South Jefferies Blvd
Walterboro, SC 29488

Celebration of Life
October 30, 2021

11:00 AM
Jericho United Methodist Church
1901 Pierce Road
Cottageville, SC 29435

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