Chad E. Payne

Chad Eric Payne, “Kornbread” died on Friday, August 18, 2023 in LaGrange, MO. He was born on June 13, 1975 in Quincy the son of Cephus Payne and Tammy Reed Nichols.

Chad attended QHS where he became a young parent to his first born. He was the rough and tough ask questions later but full of love and always wanting to do things outside. He worked for CG McPike and was a particularly good backyard mechanic, and construction worker and recently earned his plumbing degree.

Chad loved motors, fishing, and his lady friends. He loved being outdoors and spending time with his family especially his one and only grandson, Kaiden.

Survivors include two children: Harlie Marie Payne of Quincy and a son Cody Allen Payne of Kahoka, MO, his only grandson Kaiden Virden of Quincy; his parents and a sister Brandy K. Mefford; two father figures that can not be forgotten and that was John Kindhart and John Hardy both of Quincy; maternal grandmother Patsy Deming; nieces and nephews, Lexi, Evan and Erian Payne of Quincy, Gage Lummer (Kiley) Sadie Mefford; many stepsisters and brothers, Jodi, Katie, Alex, Brianna, Nick, Jaxen, Jami, Mariah and Ryan; many aunts, uncles and friends that were family.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Derek Payne, Cory Payne and Mark Payne, a son and a grandson Felix J. Payne-Smith, his paternal grandparents, Dan and Julie Payne and an incredibly special uncle Mikey Coffman who was like a brother to him.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 25, 2023 at 12:00 Noon at the Duker & Haugh Funeral Home. There will be a bike procession to Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 24, 2023 from 4:00 until 7:00 PM at the Duker & Haugh Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Duker & Haugh Funeral Home.


  1. tammy (pinky) nichols on August 23, 2023 at 12:21 pm

    To our first born…our hearts are breaking. but i am sooo grateful that i brought you into this world… love you n imma tellin ya its your job to watch out for your baby brothers. youre all together again.
    love yer momma

  2. Randeana slater on August 23, 2023 at 1:06 pm

    Rip Chad you will be missed .

  3. Patricia speirs on August 23, 2023 at 1:18 pm

    I already miss chad . He was good to me and we where close .u til we meet again my friend chad. Rest easy. Still hard to believe u r gone. My thoughts and prayers r with his family and friends. Love ,patti

  4. Mel on August 23, 2023 at 2:29 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss Chad was a great person I remember when he used to ride his bikes up and down 5th and 6th street Chad you will be truly missed RIDE HIGH bro until we meet again R.i.P

  5. Melissa on August 23, 2023 at 6:18 pm

    I am so sorry for your family’s loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the whole family and the many friends he had. 💔

  6. Chrissy kindhart on August 23, 2023 at 9:32 pm

    My heart breaks you couldnt stay longer I love you chad rip my friend . I’ll never forget you saying a million prayers for your family and friends . Lots of love xoxo

  7. Vanessa Yates on August 24, 2023 at 3:37 pm

    Pinky and Brandy my heart breaks for you both. Sending hugs, prayers and thoughts to tge entire family. ♥️

  8. Harlie payne on August 24, 2023 at 8:47 pm

    I love you dad!! Your name will forever be here and forever known promise that..I’ll miss the butting heads and you realizing I was a mini you hard headed and testing. Hug Cory Scott Mikey and Felix for me!! You were the first to know when I was pregnant with Felix and the first to know I had complications he was meant to be with you…I love you always butthead❤️

  9. Dianna Merideth on August 25, 2023 at 7:46 am

    Pinky, Brandy and Patsy just know our hearts are with you all and love you. We can’t make it to the funeral today. Bill is using my spare oxygen and that leaves me with none. In case I need it. We will be sending money to funeral home unless you need it. Let us know. Please be careful.
    Love Di and Bill

  10. Tammy on August 25, 2023 at 8:42 am

    Rest easy my friend. You always made me laugh even when I didn’t want to. I’m praying for you Pinky and Brandy. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  11. Natasha Gray on August 25, 2023 at 3:31 pm

    Not being able to see your physical body made this day so much harder! I am not ok without my best friend I’m really not! I miss you and love you even more rip Payne in my ass

  12. Amanda Andrews on August 26, 2023 at 4:28 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss! My thoughts and prayers go out to Chad’s family and friends.

  13. Rick Walton on October 27, 2023 at 11:11 pm

    R.I.P. Chad, forever ride.

  14. Michael Roberts on November 12, 2023 at 6:03 pm

    Rest in peace brother I’ll miss you…. But I know you’re riding With Me… Much love brother.

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