July 14, 1944 ~ October 12, 2020

Born in: Owensboro, KY
Resided in: Owensboro, KY

Gerald “Jerry” Allen Payne, 76, of Owensboro passed away Monday, October 12, 2020 at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital. He was born in Owensboro on July 14, 1944 to the late Walter and Anna (Silbereisen) Payne. Jerry was a member of Sts. Joseph & Paul Catholic Church. He was a former member of the United States Army and served during the Vietnam War.

Jerry was witty and had a special talent for one-liners and great comebacks. He had a profound sense of right and wrong, and he walked by faith and not by fear. He was the type of man that had an answer for everything and loved hard. Jerry was a devoted family man who loved his wife, children, and grandchildren.

Along with his parents, Jerry is preceded in death by his sister, Mary Louis Brannum.

Jerry is survived by his wife of 50 years, Brenda Henry Payne; his children, April Renee` (Tim) Taulbee and Timothy Allen (Lindsay) Payne; 6 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am Friday, October 16, 2020 at Sts. Joseph and Paul Catholic Church. Burial to follow at Rosehill-Elmwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm Thursday, and again from 8:30 am to 9:30 am Friday at Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory. Prayers will be 7:00 pm Thursday at the funeral home.

All who wish to honor and remember Jerry in person at the gathering of friends is required to wear a mask or face covering while inside the funeral home for the safety of all those in attendance.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to St. Benedict’s Shelter,1001 W 7th St, Owensboro, KY 42301. Envelopes will be made available at the funeral home.

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mr. Payne. Share your messages of condolence with the family of Gerald “Jerry” Allen Payne and sign his virtual guestbook by going to


Visitation: October 15, 2020 3:00 pm - October 15, 2020 7:00 pm

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301

Prayer Service: October 15, 2020 7:00 pm

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301

Visitation: October 16, 2020 12:00 am

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301

Mass of Christian Burial: October 16, 2020 10:00 am

SS. Joseph & Paul Catholic Church
609 E 4th Street
Owensboro, KY

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  1. Jerry was one of the best men I ever knew in my life! He was a very good friend that you just knew you could depend on. He was also one of the best co-workers that I ever worked with at Enterprise or anywhere else. I could sit and listen to his stories about his KSP trooper son, “Timmy”, all day long! Jerry was soooo proud of his kids and grandkids and that was what he talked about most of the time. He loved his wife beyond measure and it was clear because of the way he spoke of her! He will not be replaceable anywhere or anytime! Jerry will be sorely missed for a very long time!

  2. Our thoughts and prayers are for a wonderful man an family. Brenda So glad you and Jerry got to reach 50 years together in marriage. At that recent mass all the church clapped to acknowledge your 50 years of marriage but to us, you guys seemed so young to be celebrating this milestone

    Jerry was a wonderful person and know he will be missed by you, children,grands and many others that he touched in this life.

    Brenda, Tim, Lindsay, Renae, We are sorry for your loss
    Steve and Bonnie Roberts

  3. Our thoughts and prayers are for your peace and comfort. Jerry will be sorely missed. He was a good man. Brenda, Tim, Renee, we love you and wish we could take the pain away but all we can do is be here for you. Praying for you.
    Janie Roberts and Connie Cook

  4. Renee, I am so sorry for the loss of your dad.. I just went through this back in April and know it’s a hard thing.. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all.. And if you need anything I am here sweetie.. Sending love and hugs to you sweetie..

  5. My condolences to your family & friends. Jerry iam so grateful that I had the chance to know u. Your sense of humor was wonderful. Thank u for your service. Thank u for giving me the opportunity to know what a wonderful man u are. God got himself a sweet angel.

  6. Brenda and Family, we were saddened to hear of your loss. Please know how very sorry we are and how much we will miss Jerry’s smiling face as we entered church every week. Our prayers are with you.

  7. His humor and hugs are what I will miss the most. Such a sweet heart in him. I am so blessed to have known him and to be able to call him family. Jerry always made me feel special and loved. I enjoyed this time of year with him and Brenda the most. I still can’t believe he is gone.

  8. Thinking of you during this difficult time Brenda. Very sorry for your loss. Many blessings to you and
    your family.

  9. Oh how my heart aches. I remember growing up with the Payne’s. Jerry was always on the bright side. I will never forget how he made everyone smile. He was so kindhearted. I will sure miss going to his house on Halloween with the kids and seeing him so happy to see us at the door. He will truly be missed. I pray for you Brenda, Timothy, and Renee. I love you guys… God has gained and great man.

  10. Gerald Wernick

    I too want to look back and think how much Jerry will be missed on those 2 hour car rides for Enterprise.
    He was so kind to me, when he didn’t have to. He was the guy that offered to get the car that was farther from the door where we picking up at. Thinking of you as a friend, Jerry forever.

  11. Sandy Henry: I am so sorry for the loss of your brother-in-law, Jerry. I am still praying for all of your family. Due to Covid-19 I will be unable to attend visitation or the Mass for the family. May he rest in the arms of the Lord and your family find peace in being together at this difficult time.

  12. Debbie Daugherty

    Lindsey and Tim– you and your entire family are in my prayers. May God’s peace surround you all in a blanket of love and comfort

  13. Brenda,
    I am soooooo sorry to learn of your loss!!! My heart is breaking for you and your family!!! I’m sorry I won’t be able to attend the funeral, but please know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers!!!🙏🙏🙏
    Doris Niehaus

  14. My thoughts and prayers with all of you. Jerry was always smiling and Brenda you were always with him. May God provide support and love during this time. Mike & Alicia Harrington

  15. Brenda, I am so sorry for your loss. I thought the world of Jerry and you as well. Words are hard to come by at a time like this. Just remember Jesus has his loving arms wrapped around Jerry.

  16. When we moved to Owensboro in 2004 we had the best neighbors a person could ask for – Jerry and Brenda Payne. We became close to them very quickly, and appreciated so much how loving and caring and accepting they were of us newcomers. We have regretted many times over the years that we ever moved away from there. Brenda, you and Renee and Tim and all the family are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. We love you and think of you often.

  17. Dear Brenda, Renee, Tim, and families, I am thinking of all of you during this time. Back in the 80’s when I spent much time with the Henry family and you were so very good to me, I got to know Jerry for his kind, calm, and loving nature. I know Sandy counted on him for help and advise on many occasions. I am still taking care of my 99 year old mom and am not comfortable getting out much so I won’t attend visitation. I am sending all of you virtual hugs with sympathy and much love.

  18. Mr. Jerry… I’ll never forget you. You were such a kind person, always willing to joke around with me and have fun even while working. I’ll never forget those four years working together and all the times you’d search me out when you would come in on your days off.

    To Mr. Jerry’s family who I never met, you had such an incredible man in your life and I know he’s looking down watching over you now. I send my condolences.

  19. Brenda,
    I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. Mom and Dad just told me the other day and I was shocked to hear the news. Mom and Dad would have tried to come but their health hasn’t been real great either but they wanted me to let you know of their sincere condolences.
    Wishing you peace and blessings and we will be praying for your family.

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