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William Hines Payne

February 7, 1938 — July 7, 2023

South Boston

William Hines Payne


William Hines “Billy” Payne of South Boston, VA passed away on July 7, 2023.  He was born in Halifax County, VA on February 7, 1938 and was 85 years of age.  He was the son of the late Carl Evans Payne and the late Louise Hines Payne.  He was married to Sara McCanless Payne who survives.


He was a member of Shady Grove United Methodist Church.  Billy was retired co-owner and Vice President of Halifax Cotton Mill.  He was an avid golfer and found great joy with the times he spent on the golf course.    


William Hines “Billy” Payne is survived by:

His Wife of 64 years

Sara M. Payne of South Boston

Two Daughters

Diana P. Moran (Steve) of Reidsville, NC

Molly P. Zimmerman (Glenn) of Gibsonville, NC


Eric S. Moran (Tamra) of Julian, NC

Glenn Zimmerman, III (Kirsten) of Trinity, NC

William Zimmerman of Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Great Grandchild

Liam W. Zimmerman


A graveside service will be held Sunday, July 9, 2023 at 2:00 P.M. at Shady Grove United Methodist Church with the Rev. Michael Russell officiating. Burial to follow in church cemetery.


The family will receive friends at his home.


For memorials, please consider Shady Grove United Methodist Church, 8007 East Hyco Rd., Virgilina, VA 24598 or a charity of your choice.


Online condolences may be directed to


Arrangements entrusted to Powell Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 1603 Wilborn Ave., South Boston, VA 24592.


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Past Services

Graveside Service

Sunday, July 9, 2023

2:00 - 3:00 pm (Eastern time)

Shady Grove United Methodist Church

8007 E Hyco Rd, Virgilina, VA 24598

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