John Russell “Rusty” Payne

Rusty departed this life Wednesday, August 26, 2020. He was born in Alexandria, Virginia October 3, 1950 and grew up there and in Lincolnia. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School and afterwards worked for his parents, John and Evelyn Payne, at the family business, Payne Supply. He attended Lord Fairfax Community College and had his electrician and plumber licenses. He retired seven years ago and was enjoying life on the family farm.

He was famous for his coffee, roasting his own beans with the taste of a connoisseur. He enjoyed fishing in the pond on the farm and had many rods and reels waiting for him to try out. Music was his big love and his collection of jazz music was vast and he delighted in walking around with his Bluetooth Bose speaker and playing his music for everyone. He practiced Tai Chi for many years and worked hard to perfect his moves and skills.

Rusty was a whole lot more – words are hard to describe the many things he enjoyed in life. We always said he marched to the beat of a different drummer and when presented with a worn path or a bushwhack, he always chose the bushwhack. He delighted in arguing in his own playful way. He never meant harm to anyone and would help if he could.

He leaves behind his wife of 42 years, Susan C. Payne of Bentonville; his son, John F. Payne (wife Natalie) of Austria; his sister, Carole Anne Langlais of Bentonville; niece, Jamie Konovich (husband Joe)of Pittsburg; his special nephew, Michael Litwin (wife Tina) of Bentonville; and special cousin, Karen Bishop (husband Mike) of Florida, thank you Mike for being there for him. He is also survived by an uncle, MacArthur Payne; an aunt, Mary Miller; and many, many cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, John and Evelyn Payne.

Services will be private. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Humane Society of Warren County, 1245 Progress Drive, Front Royal, VA 22630.

  8 comments for “John Russell “Rusty” Payne

  1. George McIntyre
    August 28, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    Fond memories of John and his smile. Prayers and condolences to all who loved him.

  2. Juanita Spencer
    August 28, 2020 at 11:22 pm

    i am so sorry to hear about your son. He will always be missed !!
    May he Rest In Peace.

  3. George Walter keller
    August 29, 2020 at 12:49 am

    He will be greatly missed your cousin

  4. Kent and Mary
    August 29, 2020 at 8:01 pm

    So sorry to hear of Rusty’s passing! He was a great friend! Prayers for his family in their time of loss!

  5. Tim Terry
    August 31, 2020 at 1:31 pm

    So sorry to hear of Rusty’s passing. Was honored to know Rusty from Payne’s Supply and also working with him, in the field, at several electrical contractors. RIP

  6. Michael MacTurk
    September 1, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    Many great memories of my old friend Rusty. Was just sharing some them with a new friend this week! He shared many good things with me over the years we enjoyed together before I moved from the area. Much enjoyed seeing him and Susan a few years back. Prayers for a great life in the beyond!

  7. Todd Keller
    September 4, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    Heart broken to say the least. Many great memories of fishing down at the pond and enjoying a couple of your great concoctions of beers. He was a life long friend , even though we only spent just a few visits a year together. who always spoke his mind, mostly very accurate . Love you man , Rest In Peace . Will think of you always and smile. Your friend , I’ll see you again one day.

  8. Joye Ann Wood
    September 4, 2020 at 11:57 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Rusty’s passing. I only knew of him when I visited Payne Supply when
    I would come to see Evelyn. He was always smiling and working on something.. I know he will
    be greatly missed, but he is now with Mom and Dad. Love to all

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