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Brian L. Payne

August 10, 1968 - October 4, 2020

Brian L. Payne, 52, entered into the arms of his heavenly savior, Jesus Christ on October 4, 2020. He left behind his family unexpectedly, but was reunited with his parents, Richard and Cheryl Payne, as well as his beloved grandparents.

Brian was born on August 10, 1968 in St. Petersburg, Florida and lived in Sarasota, Florida until the age of 7 when his family moved to Plum Tree, North Carolina. Brian attended Avery County High School where he participated in JROTC. Brian graduated Avery County High School class of 1986. He then attended Appalachian State University for three years.

Brian called the mountains of WNC home until the summer of 1989 when he moved back to Sarasota, Florida where he met his wife, Dena Payne. Brian and Dena married on July 1, 1990 and then he finished his Bachelor’s Degree later that year at The University of South Florida.  Brian and Dena were blessed with five amazing children, Alec Richard, Austin Ryan, Andrew Dennis, Adam Daniel, and then his princess, Abigail Mae.

In order to better his family, Brian went back to school and earned his Master’s degree in Public Administration. The family then returned to the mountains of Western North Carolina in September of 2010. Brian worked in mental health care throughout his career, but had later served as Director of Salvation Army Bradenton Emergency Shelter where he found his passion for serving others from April of 2019 through February of 2020.

Brian returned back home to Hendersonville, North Carolina where he continued his career at Mountain Care Adult Day Services. He was a loving and caring husband and father who loved his family more than anyone could imagine and continuously showed that through various sacrifices he made.

Left to cherish Brian’s memory are his wife, Dena Payne; sons, Alec Richard, Austin Ryan, and spouse August, Andrew Dennis, and spouse Erica, and Adam Daniel; a daughter, Abigail Mae; and a sister Julie Roosa, as well as other close family members, Dennis and Anne Tabor, Justin and Caryn Tabor and their son, Jackson.

The Payne family were emotionally and financially unprepared to deal with this loss.  Friends of the family are asking for your support to contribute to Brian’s memorial fund so that his loved ones will have the resources necessary to deal with some of the financial burdens which they will certainly face in the upcoming weeks and months ahead.  If you can give, please click the “Donate” button below this text.  If you are unable to contribute at this time, please share this campaign so that others may be made aware of this worthy cause.

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A public visitation will be held Thursday, October 8, 2020 from 2-3:30pm at Shuler Funeral Home, located at 125 Orr’s Camp Road, Hendersonville, NC 28792. It will be followed by a private service for the family.

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Date: Thursday, October 8, 2020

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Kirby Chapel of Shuler Funeral Home

125 Orr's Camp Road
Hendersonville, NC 28792

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