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Mrs. Debra "Debbie" Byrd Payne

HARLEM, Ga. - Mrs. Debra "Debbie" Byrd Payne, 51, wife of David E. Payne, entered into rest Monday, May 30, 2011, at the Doctors Hospital, Augusta. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 2, 2011, at Powell Baptist Church with the Reverends Randall Whitaker and David Byrd officiating. Interment was in South Harlem Memorial Gardens. Debbie was born in Augusta and was a retired electrician from the Savannah River Site. She was a member of Powell Baptist Church where she served as Sunday School teacher, served on the Hospitality Committee, and volunteered for the Burn Unit at the Joseph M Still Burn Center. She was a loving devoted wife and mother and "MeMa." She was devoted to her Lord, her church and was a dear friend to many. Survivors include her husband David E. Payne; one daughter, Cynthia Michele Edenfield and husband David, Martinez; two sons, David W. Payne and wife Michele, Grovetown, Donavon Wright Black, North Carolina; brothers David Roger Byrd and wife Marilyn, Michael Daniel Byrd and wife Connie, Lincolnton, Jeffery Allen Byrd and wife LeAnne, Martinez and Darrell Wayne Byrd, Martinez; and six grandchildren Ashley Payne, Eric Payne, Drew, Logan, Jordan and Grayson Edenfield; her parents, Roger and Betty R. Byrd, Grovetown. She was preceded in death by Otis Steve Byrd and Fanny Lavonia Byrd and John P. Rachels and Elizabeth Rachels. Pallbearers were David Maddox, Tommy Davis, Chris Maddox, Ed James, Bob Volner and Chris Knoeferl. Honorary pallbearers were deacons of Powell Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Powell Baptist Church Property Fund, 1577 Old Appling Harlem Highway, Harlem, GA 30814. Starling Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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