Max Payne, 88, of Brasstown, passed away Friday, March 9, 2018 at a Murphy care facility after a brief stay. He was a native and lifetime resident of Clay County. Max had served in the United States Navy. He had also served as a Clay County Commissioner for several terms. Max was a founding and lifetime member of Hiawassee River Bass Club. He was also one of the original board directors for United Community Bank. Max was a major supporter of Brasstown Fire Department and had volunteered much of his time to the Brasstown Community. Max was a member of Little Brasstown Baptist Church.
He was the son of the late Loye Reagan and Flonnie Wilson Payne. He was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Jennifer Mease; a sister, Ruth Garner; and a brother, Jerry Payne.
Surviving are his wife of 66 years, Margie Payne; three daughters, Debi Mease and husband, Gary, of Hayesville, Linda McKeever and husband, Bill, and Diana Brown and husband, Andrew, all of Brasstown; two brothers, Kirk Payne and wife, Sherry, of Brasstown, and Steve Payne and wife, Mary, of Hiawassee, Ga.; seven grandchildren, Nathan Mease, Emily Price, Lindsey Strong, Lilly, Asher, Will and Ellie Brown; three great-grandchildren, Hayden and Lyla Price and Mitchell Strong. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at Little Brasstown Baptist Church with Reverends Aud Brown, Jimmy Hogsed and Jimmy Rogers officiating. The interment was at 11 a.m. Monday, March 12 in Little Brasstown Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Mike Logan, Allen Hayes, Bill Ledford, Freddie Cook, Tommy Nichols, Mike Cook and Clay Logan. Honorary pallbearers were members of Hiawassee River Bass Club.
The family received friends from 2:00-3:45 p.m. Sunday at Little Brasstown Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Hiawassee River Bass Club-Justin Nichols Scholarshop Fund, 622 NC 69, Hayesville, NC 28904.
Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville: www.iviefuneralhomeinc.com was in charge of all arrangements.