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Charles Bruce Payne, 69, of Newberry, widower of Sue Ellen Wicker Payne, died Sunday, December 21, 2014, at his residence.

Born on February 19, 1945, in Lancaster, he was a son of the late Lonnie Leroy and Florence Baker Payne. He was retired from the SC Department of Transportation, was a former SC State Trooper and also previously worked for Senn Trucking Company. Mr. Payne was a member of St. Philip's Lutheran Church where he was a dedicated bus driver for church activities. He also attended Wightman United Methodist Church. He was a former volunteer fireman, Shriner and Mason.

He is survived by daughters, Angela Payne Erhardt of Little Mountain, Amy Payne (Barry) Shealy and Melanie Payne (Keith) Thrower both of Newberry; a brother, Glenn (Natalie) Payne of Seneca; mother-in-law, Virginia Wilson Wicker of Newberry and seven grandchildren. Mr. Payne was predeceased by eight brothers and sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Wednesday, December 24, 2014, at St. Philip's Lutheran Church by the Rev. Terry Amick and Rev. Dean Lollis. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5:00- 7:00 pm at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 1741, Greenwood, SC 29648.

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#32 Kem and Rynn Kinard 2014-12-27 23:44
We are so sorry for your loss. We pray God's peace and comfort for you all.
#31 Tim and Nancy Owen 2014-12-27 20:47
We are so sorry to learn of Bruce's passing. Our prayers are with all of his family and loved ones. Bruce was a dedicated patrolman and loved his family so very much. May God rest his soul in peace and give each one of you the strength needed to walk through these days ahead knowing that one day we shall all be reunited with our loved ones. God bless you all. Our love, Tim and Nancy Owen
#30 Mary Jo L Piester 2014-12-26 14:49
Amy and Family, we are sorry to hear of your Father's passing. May the Lord give you all comfort, grace, and peace during this most difficult time today and the days ahead. Praying for y'all ~ William & Mary Jo L Piester, Billie L Lominick, Brooks, Zackery, Jayden, & Xander DeLoach
#29 ronnie wicker 2014-12-24 15:54
Amy and Barry sorry to hear about your loss. our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your father is not suffering now. God be with you all in these difficult times. Ronnie and Carolyn Wicker
#28 Minnie Hemphill 2014-12-24 09:43
Angela, Amy And Melanie, I am deeply sorry to read of the loss of your father. May you have the peace and comfort that emanates from Almighty GOD, HE cares for you.
2 Corinthians 1:2-4; 1 Peter 5:7
#27 shelby hartle 2014-12-23 20:52
Dear Melanie,sorry for your loss.see you when I feel better. Shelby
#26 Christy Wise 2014-12-23 19:27
Melanie my sister from high school. I know how it is to loose a parent but not both parents. God has taken care of u this far he will continue to hold u through many days to come. When the phone calls end, the cards stop and the visits are no longer there remember God is there.carrying.u.through each day. Love y'all so much
#25 M. J. Buck Hooper 2014-12-23 15:35
Bruce, J. H. Oates and I were assigned to Newberry out of the October class of the SC Highway Patrol School. I have many great memories from 1967 t0 1972 of Bruce. My condolences to all his family. Buck Hooper
#24 Annette Bledsoe 2014-12-23 15:29
Amy, Angie,and Melanie,

We are so sorry to hear of your father's passing. Please accept our sympathy and love during this time of grief and loss. May God wrap his healing arms around you and give you peace and comfort. Love, Annette and Benjamin Bledsoe
#23 Anne and Al Shealy 2014-12-23 10:46
Amy, Barry and family... I am saddened and shocked to hear of your Dad's passing. I know that so many people precious to your every day life have recently departed to go home. While this leaves a void and pain in your life, I know they are at peace and enjoy a happiness with our Lord and Savior. we Will be reunited again. We are lifting you up in prayer and holding you close in our hearts!
#22 Johnny Shealy 2014-12-23 07:40
Dear Amy & Family, We are so sorry to hear about your dad. Our prayers are with you all. Wendy & Johnny Shealy
#21 Jack Estridge 2014-12-23 05:50
Bruce and I began our friendship in grade school at Flat Creek more than 60 years ago. We shared countless days together as boys and young men. He was a good and faithful friend and will be missed.
To the family, you will be in my prayers and thoughts
Jack Estridge
#20 April Hughes 2014-12-22 22:09
To My sweet friend, Melanie and the rest of your family, Mr Bruce touched our lives in so many ways. He was such a loving father and Grandaddy. He will be missed greatly. I always admired him for his strength he showed taking care of your mom. His strength shines in you. You are so strong too. May God continue to give you comfort and peace in the days to come. We love you and your sweet family so much.
With deepest sympathy, Josh, April, Amber, and Skylar
#19 Pat McCullough 2014-12-22 21:50
Angie,Amy and family so sorry for your loss, I will always remember when Bruce would take all the kids to school when y'all were little , my kids though they were special to get to ride in the police car . Love and prayers to all the family. Pat McCullough
#18 Shelby/Wilson Felker 2014-12-22 19:32
God knows what He is doing. But sometimes it's more than we can understand. I will always remember Bruce as a faithful parent with the band at Mid Carolina and a loving father. He was a good friend, a hard worker and loved everyone he came in contact with. God please bless thus family during a time when wounds were already fresh. I like very my little girl Melanie. The Felker Family
#17 Donnie & Pam Wilson 2014-12-22 16:50
So Sorry for your loss
#16 Mollie D. Graham 2014-12-22 16:49
Dear Payne family,So sorry to hear of Bruce,s death.We enjoyed Bruce and Sue Ellen worshiping with us at Wightman.My thoughts and prayers are with you all.Take care.Love and Blessings Mollie Graham
#15 Rene Neel 2014-12-22 14:01
Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. No matter how old or sick they are, it is never easy to let them go.
With Sympathy,
Russell, Rene, Ryan and Ross
#14 vicki riddle 2014-12-22 13:35
To all of the Family.

Bruce and I worked together for many years at Senn Trucking and I will always have fond memories of those days. He was a great person and my thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this most difficult time.
Vicki Riddle
#13 Susan Wicker 2014-12-22 12:11
Mrs. Virginia and Family,
Thinking of you all with deepest sympathy. Mr. Bruce will be missed by all. May you find comfort in the happy memories.
Brett and Susan Wicker
#12 Sebrena Matthews 2014-12-22 11:22
I was fortunate to have met this precious man only recently. Mr. Payne was precious to talk to and I loved the stories about Sue Ellen ~ the love of his life. God bless you all. Sebrena & Anthony Matthews
#11 Robert Wiggs 2014-12-22 11:00
To the Payne Family: On behalf of the SCDOT Occupational Safety & Health Office, our deepest sympathy on the passing of Bruce [Bruce man]. A great guy with a unique sense of humor. He helped make a difference in the lives of many. Melanie, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May God Bless and Keep You! Robert Wiggs - SCDOT OSHO
#10 Mandy Linger 2014-12-22 10:14
Melanie, our hearts are filled with love for u during this hard time, u are in our prayers!!! Love u!
#9 Debbie Berry 2014-12-22 10:13
To the Payne family: I am sorry to hear of Bruce passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May God bring you peace and comfort through the Christmas holiday and the coming days. Sincerely, Debbie Berry - SCDOT OSHO
#8 Alice & Brice Boozer 2014-12-22 08:27
We're so sorry to hear the passing of Bruce. United now with his lovely Sue Ellen, they both will experience no morepain. Together forever they are. Keep all your precious memories of them and know that they will always be with you.
#7 Tara & Terry Price 2014-12-22 08:22
Angie, Amy & Melanie our sympathy goes out to your family. May the joy of the memories keep them close to your heart. Although he is gone from this earth he will never be gone from your heart or your life.
#6 donnie devore 2014-12-22 07:42
sorry to hear of bruce passing i know he will be missed by all.bruce was a great man. i will always have my fond memories of working with bruce with the highway patrol. he was a great trooper RIP.
#5 Helen & Wes Griffin 2014-12-22 05:44
My dear Melanie, I know this fresh loss must feel as if you will be crushed under its weight but The Lord will hold you up. Anything I say at this point will seem superfluous and trite; however, please know that the promise of comfort is real, as you already know, and that you will receive it. What a blessing you are and will continue to be to others. Our love and prayers to you. Please do not hesitate to use this offered shoulder to cry on. Love you.
#4 Scott and Gena Roton 2014-12-21 23:37
We are so very sorry for your loss. May the loving memories you shared bring you comfort during this very difficult time.
#3 Susan B. Smith 2014-12-21 23:07
We're so sorry to hear the passing of Bruce. He was a good man. As hard as it is to give up your loved ones, may it help to know they are with Jesus , with each other and many other loved ones. No more suffering and pain. We pray that God will give you peace and comfort you, and to help you get through each passing day. Susan B. Smith & family
#2 Debra Taylor 2014-12-21 20:34
To all the family,
Please accept my deepest condolences during your time of loss. I knew Sue Ellen and Bruce from my time at Newberry Hospital, they were both precious and devoted to each other. Losing both of them in such a short time has to be very difficult. I hope you find peace knowing that they are no longer suffering. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.
Debra Taylor
#1 Sheriff Lee Foster 2014-12-21 20:24
Our family offers you our deepest sympathy on the passing of Bruce. He was a great guy and a dedicated public employee. But most of all he was a great Daddy. He will be missed here on Earth but he is now united with your beloved Mother in Heaven. May God bless you and keep you. Lee, Carol, Joseph and Amelia