Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

August 30, 2013

Franklin M. Payne

July 8, 1936 – Aug. 28, 2013

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Franklin Mansfield Payne, 77, of Huntsville, passed away Wednesday. Mr. Payne was born in West Virginia to Pearl Lee “PI” and Hazel Payne.

After a career with the U.S. Army, during which time he served in Vietnam, he moved to Huntsville where he worked at Redstone Arsenal until retirement. He was a huge fan of Alabama football and Atlanta Braves baseball.

Survivors include special friend, Ann Brazelton and her children, Jana Brazelton and Jay Brazelton, of Huntsville; sister, Laura Null; niece, Tammy Brewer and husband, Mark, of Bluefield, WV; and beloved dogs, Ming and Chen.

He was preceded in death by his son, John Franklin Payne.

A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Maple Hill Cemetery in Huntsville with Pastor Scott Gossett officiating. (

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Greater Huntsville Humane Society.

Laughlin Service Funeral Home of Huntsville is assisting the family.