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Donald Payne

Donald Payne
Aug. 20, 1930 – April 20, 2022
Donald Payne was born Aug. 20, 1930, the second of 16 children, in Tylertown. He put himself through Tulane University where he received a master’s degree in civil engineering in 1953. While at Tulane, he did original research on prestressed concrete which is now used all over the world in construction.
Payne spent his professional life supporting oil/ gas and marine installations throughout the world. At retirement he was in charge of worldwide quality control for McDermott International, Inc..
When he was younger, he enjoyed sailing on his boats, but later in life he found his true passion playing the violin.
He was preceded in death by his father Jesse Nelson Payne; mother Leila Bennett Payne; sons John Payne and Donald Wesley Payne; and daughter Janet Elizabeth Payne; siblings Peggy Anne Bealer, Mary Helen Payne, Jim Payne, Lewis Payne, Ralph Payne, Roger Earl Payne, and Wayne Dwayne Payne.
Survivors are siblings Elsie Lee Sutton, Jessie Nelson Payne, Jr., Percy Albert Payne, Catherine Louise Peneguy, Mildred Sue Guillory, Charles Lawrence Payne, Carolyn Diane Patton, and Barbara Delnero; significant other of 30 plus years Ruth Patterson.
Services were April 24, 2022, at Hartman Hughes Funeral Home, Rev. Buddy Day officiating.
Hartman Hughes Capps Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook may be signed at

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