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October 31, 1944 - August 27, 2013 OKLAHOMA CITY Gary Edison Payne passed away unexpectedly and peacefully in his home on August 27, 2013. Gary was born October 31, 1944 in Denison, TX and grew up in Madill, OK. He attended OSU for an undergraduate degree where he met his wife, Susie Farris and they were married on March 27, 1966. He earned a Law Degree from OU while also serving in the Oklahoma Army National Guard. He was elected to Oklahoma House of Representatives in 1968 where he served 4 terms representing Atoka, Coal, Love and Marshall Counties. He was a charter member and enthusiastic supporter of the Jim Thorpe Association. He had a long, distinguished law career in Atoka, Oklahoma City and Edmond, OK. He was a current board member of the National Association of Administrative Law Judges, and an active member of the Oklahoma Bar Association. He served on the Edmond School Board and was Chief Administrative Law Judge for the Oklahoma State Department of Health and more recently a municipal judge for the City of Oklahoma City. Gary was passionate about many things including studying, writing, teaching, law and especially the Word of God. He wanted everyone to know how proud he was of his wife, his sons, his state, his country and his Christ. Survivors include his mother, Jeanne Landram Payne of Madill, OK; wife of 47 years, Suzanne Major Farris Payne of Oklahoma City; three sons, Robert Farris Payne, Oklahoma City, Clayton Landram Payne, Chicago, Joshua Edison Payne, Oklahoma City; and one grandson, Mason Farris Payne. He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Edison Payne of Madill. Memorial contributions may be made to the Oklahoma Baptist Home for Children or the Quail Springs Baptist Church Student Missions. Viewing will be held at the funeral home Thursday between 2 and 8 p.m. Services will be held Friday, August 30, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. at Quail Springs Baptist Church. A graveside service will be held at 3:30 p.m. at the Oakland Cemetery, in Oakland, Oklahoma.

Published in The Oklahoman from Aug. 29 to Aug. 30, 2013
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