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Barb Payne Home with the Lord

June 8, 2014 Leave a comment
Ray and Barb Payne - Whittier, Alaska - Summer 2010

Ray and Barb Payne

Barbara J. Payne, 77, of Lynchburg, VA, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday morning, June 7, 2014, at her home.

Barbara Payne was born September 15, 1936, in Philadelphia, PA, the daughter of the late Clara M. Schaul and Thomas Schaul.

Barbara Payne attended the Philadelphia College of the Bible and served as a pastor’s wife for more than 21 years at Calvary Baptist Church in Woodsville, NH, Wayside Bible Baptist Church in Livermore, ME, and Emmanuel Baptist Church in Ellsworth, ME. She also taught in the elementary school at Wayside Christian School in Livermore, ME, and at Mountainside Christian Academy in Schroon Lake, NY.

She served her family and her Lord faithfully throughout her life. She tirelessly ministered to the hurting, the hungry, and the bereaved. Her daughters were proud to remind her that she was Miss Bensalem in Bensalem, PA, in 1954.

Following the line-of-duty death of her son, David R. Payne of the Lewiston (Maine) Police Department, July 23, 1988, Barbara and her husband, Rev. Ray Payne, devoted their lives to caring for the families of fallen police officers and grieving fellow officers all over the country. She considered the Law Enforcement community to be her extended family. She was a member of Peace Officers for Christ and Concerns of Police Survivors.

Barbara Payne is survived by her four daughters, Beth Williams (and husband, Niles) of Bradenton, FL; Ginny Dow (and husband, Mark) of Lynchburg, VA; Deb Ritz (and husband, Rob) of Lynchburg, VA; and Judith Crotts (and husband, Jeff) of Anchorage, AK; 20 grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; her sister, Shirley Reese of Fort Myers, FL; one nephew and one niece.

She was predeceased by her husband, Raymond J. Payne in 2012; and her son, David Payne, in 1988. In memory of Barbara Payne, friends are encouraged to make donations to Caring Voice Coalition, 8249 Meadowbridge Road, Mechanicsville, VA, 23116. Caring Voice Coalition was instrumental in providing valuable and loving support to Barbara and her family during Barbara’s lengthy illness.

Viewing is at 6pm with 7pm service to follow on Monday, June 9, 2014 at Tharp Funeral Home, 220 Breezewood Drive, Lynchburg, Virginia 24502. Internment service will be at 11am on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at Severance Cemetery, Schroon Lake, New York with reception to follow.

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Barb Payne Update – Change in Ministry

August 26, 2013 Leave a comment

Dear Friends and Ministry Partners,

I am writing to let you know that, effective July 31, 2013, I have officially retired from full-time ministry with BCM, Int., and I no longer receive funding through them. I am also no longer affiliated with Peace Officers for Christ, Int.

Ray and I joined BCM with their branch which was then called “Handy*Vangelism.” The main focus was with grieving parents. We had contacts with other grieving parents, mainly parents of slain police officers, so this was a “good fit.”

Since Ray passed away last September, I have been living in Virginia with my daughter, Deb and her family. I have been praying that the Lord would give me a ministry here. In the last few months He has put me in contact with several widows with whom I have been able to meet. I came across an excellent devotional booklet for widows. I have been able to share this with them as a source of encouragement, also some other information on grief issues.

25 years ago, our son, David, was killed in the line of duty as a Lewiston, Maine police officer. With this, we gained a whole new “family” in the law enforcement community. Today was David’s birthday. Therefore I thought it would be fitting to let you know that I am updating the “Only One Son” tract, and that it will be printed and available this fall.

If you wish to continue to support my part-time tract ministry, and my desire to minister to other widows, please feel free to contact my sponsoring church at the address below. They will provide you with a receipt.

Ray would often remind our supporters that our efforts would be futile without the backing of God’s people who pray. Thank you very much for your many prayers for us over the years. I would appreciate your continued prayers, and I would love to keep in touch with you. I would love to pray for you as you send me your requests.

In Christ’s boundless love,


My Contact Info (You can also use our contact form):

Barbara Payne
1051 Moonlit Cove Lane
Lynchburg, VA 24503
(518) 260-5200

Sponsoring Church:

Belgrade Bible Church
Pastor Lawrence Wiles
PO Box 412
Belgrade, ME 04917

Update from Barb Payne

September 13, 2012 Leave a comment

My wonderful husband of 56 years, Ray Payne, went to heaven to be with his Lord and Savior on September 2nd, 2012. Family and dear friends have been so supportive, comforting and helpful. My four daughters, though deeply grieving themselves, have surrounded me with love. They were even able to sing at the funeral, “‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus”, one of the hymns they sang to him when he was so sick in the hospital. They left families and jobs to be with us together in Ray’s last days. Their husbands were so very understanding of their need to be here with us.

I will be going for the winter to Lynchburg, VA, where two of my daughters live. I can be reached through our contact page or by mail at:

Barb Payne c/o Ritz
1051 Moonlit Cove Lane
Lynchburg, VA 24503

Please be patient with me as I am just now learning to use the computer!

Someone asked me today how to pray for me: pray for wisdom in making difficult decisions, also for my health needs (ask me sometime and I will give you an “organ recital”) another request would be for my family as they grieve the loss of a wonderful dad, father-in-law, and grandfather.

Thank you all so very much for the enormous outpouring of comforting condolences.



Rev. Raymond J. Payne Obituary and Funeral Details

September 4, 2012 9 comments

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. — The Rev. Raymond J. Payne, 76, of Schroon Lake, N.Y., joined his Lord and Savior Sunday, Sept. 2, at the Glens Falls Hospital.

The Rev. Payne was born March 1, 1936, in Andalusia, Pa., the son of the late Raymond W. and Kathleen Delaney Payne.

The Rev. Payne was a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Bible, he was a pastor for 21 years serving at Calvary Baptist Church in Woodsville, N.H., Wayside Bible Baptist Church in Livermore, Emmanuel Baptist Church in Ellsworth and he was an interim pastor of the First Baptist Church in Ticonderoga, N.Y.

Following the in-line-of–duty death of his son, David R. Payne of the Lewiston Police Department, July 23, 1988, the Rev. Payne devoted his life to caring for the families of fallen police officers all over the country. He was a member of Peace Officers for Christ and the International Conference of Police Chaplains.

The Rev. Payne is survived by his wife of 56 years, Barbara Schaul Payne of Schroon Lake, N.Y.; his daughters, Beth Williams of Bradenton, Fla., Ginny Dow and Deb Ritz, both of Lynchburg, Va., and Judy Crotts of Anchorage, Alaska; 20 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one niece; and one nephew.

He was predeceased by his son, David Raymond in 1988; and his sister, Kathleen Payne in 1952.

Funeral Details:

  • Viewing: Edward L. Kelly Funeral Home, Schroon Lake, NY, Wednesday, September 5, 2012 from 2pm – 4pm and later at 6pm to 9pm.
  • Funeral Service: Word of Life Conference Center, reception following, Schroon Lake, NY, 1pm Thursday, September 6, 2012
  • Burial: Severance Cemetery, Schroon Lake, NY

Raymond Payne Funeral Details

September 3, 2012 3 comments
  • Viewing: Edward L. Kelly Funeral Home, Schroon Lake, NY, Wednesday, September 5, 2012 from 2pm – 4pm and later at 6pm to 9pm.
  • Funeral Service: Word of Life Conference Center, reception following, Schroon Lake, NY, 1pm Thursday, September 6, 2012
  • Burial: Severance Cemetery, Schroon Lake, NY

Police Chaplain Ray Payne Promoted to Heaven – End of Watch: Sunday, September 2, 2012

September 2, 2012 10 comments

It is with sadness that we pass on this message from Ray’s family…

“We just want to let our friends know that Ray Payne, husband of Barb and dad of Beth Williams, Ginny Dow, Deb Payne Ritz and Judith Payne Crotts, died this morning at about 11:30. Thank you for your prayers these past days. We are grieving but thankful that he is at peace.” – Judith Payne Crotts

“So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”

1 Corinthians 15:54–58

Funeral Details:

  • Viewing: Edward L. Kelly Funeral Home, Schroon Lake, NY, Wednesday, September 5, 2012 from 2pm – 4pm and later at 6pm to 9pm.
  • Funeral Service: Word of Life Conference Center, reception following, Schroon Lake, NY, 1pm Thursday, September 6, 2012
  • Burial: Severance Cemetery, Schroon Lake, NY

Update on Ray Payne #6

September 1, 2012 1 comment

Ray and Barb Payne – Whittier, Alaska – Summer 2010

Update from Judith Payne Crotts – August 31, 2012 – 4:01 PM EDT:

“Dad’s moving to the oncology ward in a little bit. He’s sleeping a lot right now, kind of confused when awake from all the pain meds. Kidneys still aren’t up and running. Thx for the prayers – it’s hard for us to see him like this!”

Update from Ginny Dow – August 30, 2012 – 7:50 PM EDT:

“Things are pretty complicated. His kidneys are still not functioning. Every time they do dialysis, they flush the meds out of his system, leaving him in excruciating pain. They did some more xrays today to see if there is another origin for the pain. On top of everything else, he now has severe gout in his wrist. We so appreciate the prayers. He is holding us in His arms.”

Update from Ginny Dow – August 28, 2012 – 4:00 AM EDT:

“I just finished giving Dad a cup of orange jello. Seems small, but this is such a huge step to us. He asked for it: “Jello,” and then with every bite, he whispered (alternately), “Tastes good” and “yes, please.” The epitome of politeness. Then when I reminded him of who I am and where he is, he asked: “is it really you, Ginny?” I said yes. He whispered (very haltingly), “Why aren’t you in school?”

I think he’s coming back! : ) We came prepared for the worst, as most of you know. We were told that he was dying. We brought funeral clothes. We all feel so incredibly blessed to have more time with this wonderful man who means so much to so many people.”

Update from Deb Payne Ritz – August 27, 2012 – 6:00 PM EDT:

“Dad seems better this evening, he is now off the respirator and breathing on his own! He is squeezing our hand when we talk to him, and nods or shakes his head when asked questions…on his third dialysis now & we are hoping his kidneys start responding soon. It’s just day to day now as we watch for small improvements. Thank u for continued prayers and words of encouragement.”

Update from Judith Payne Crotts – August 26, 2012 – 10:00 AM EDT:

“Thanks to all for praying. My dad came through the night. He’s still critical, but seems to be able to hear us and is occasionally responsive by squeezing a hand (which is so precious to us right now.)”

Update from Mark Dow  – August 26, 2012  at 12:00 PM EDT:

“Ray is showing very small, incremental improvements. Please continue to pray as he remains critical in ICU at Glen Falls Hospital.”

Update from Ginny Dow – August 25, 2012 – 10:59 AM EDT:

“Dad is still hanging in there . . . starting a second dialysis treatment this am. Fighting the infections with strong meds. Thanks for the prayer . . .”

Update from Mark Dow  – August 24, 2012  at 11:05 AM EDT:

“The doctors have called the family to come so we are headed to NY. We will let you know as more info is available. He is in the Father’s hands.”

Update from Mark Dow – August 23, 2012 – 11:11 PM EDT:

“Please pray and pass this on to prayer warriors that you know! Ginny’s father (Ray Payne) is diabetic and recently diagnosed with multiple myaloma and is in his first course of chemo. He was taken to the hospital by ambulance today for possible dehydration and extreme pain. He is now possibly with meningitis, he is unresponsive and his kidneys have shut down. He has faithfully served the Lord Jesus for about 50 years as a Pastor and a Police Chaplain and now needs us to intercede for him.

Posted by:   Jack Caron, Web Administrator – Only One Son

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