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PAYNE CEMETERY (north middle edge of county), LIMESTONE COUNTY, ALABAMA
African American
Locator Maps
 

Area overviews of the Cemetery: 4822/4833/4834/4835/4836/4837/4853/4854/4855/4868/4871/4872/4873/4874
Signage to Payne Cemetery, but also the old (white) Atkinson-Harlow Cemetery is found on this road:
4875

BROWN, Ballie, unknown - 17 May ----, "Sleep Mother and Ba__". (Broken but month of death appeared to be July) (Not found in 2011)
BROWN, Jerry, died 8 Nov 1910 (or 1940), age 48.
4862
BROWN, Trutie, -- Nov 1876 - 23 Nov 1901.  (Not found in 2011)
COLEMAN, Ernest, 10 Apr 1885 - 15 may 1974.
4823
COLEMAN, Pearl Mae, 13 Jan 1916 - 1995.
Funeral Marker - death year - 1995. 4825/4826
COLEMAN, Willie, 8 Jan 1925 - 7 Jul 1988.
4825
COLEMAN, Roger, 11 Mar 1950 - 19 May 1983.
4827
DALY, Dollie, 9 Apr 1867 - 4 Mar 1892. Though lost to sight, to memory dear.
4865
EDDINGS, Sallie, 1865 - 1952.
4858
HOLT, George, son of Sam & Tennie Holt, 9 Jul 1908 - 23 Aug 1909.
4864
HOLT, Joe Al, 1 Dec 1950 - 28 May 1964. new granite stone broken in middle of month of death date.  
4821
HOLT, Lou, 1829 - 1914. (Not found in 2011)
HOLT, Luther, 10 Feb 1898 - -- --- 1972. (Homemade marker peeling away. Month and day of death date not present)
4863
HUGHEY, Frank, -- Jun 1896 - 22 Jan 1919, Pvt. Co B 342nd Labor Battalion. American Flag inscribed on stone. Could this death be related to WWI which ended in 1918.
4860/4861
JOY, Sheondre R., 2007 - 2008.  Carr & Erwin, Funeral Home Marker).
4849
LEGG, Luther, 16 Dec 1880 - 25 Nov 1924.
4838
LIGHTFOOT, no other information inscribed on granite footstone. Judging from distance between head and footstone  - a child.
4852
LYNCH, Viola Bell, 1915 - 1993. Gowen-Smith Funeral Home Marker.
4851
M. C. K. no dates, (Funeral Home Marker).  (Not found in 2011)
MARTINDALE, Cescer, 29 Oct 1907 - 24 Jun 1982.
4844
MARTINDALE, Ora Lee, 1 May 1915 - 20 Dec 2008.
4844
MARTINDALE, Ollie, 14 Jul 1918 - 8 Apr 1961, PFC Quartermaster Corps WW II.
4843
MARTINDALE, Mrs. Ophelia, 1882 - 1959, (Jordan Funeral Home Marker).
4841
MARTINDALE, David, 3 Aug 1918 - 10 Jul 1997. 4845
MARTINDALE, Mary Lou, 11 Jul 1914 - 3 Jun 2007.
4845
MARTINDALE, Dennis Wayne "Stud", 1 Sep 1970 - 12 Jul 1991 Gone so soon.
4846
MARTINDALE, George Washington, "Boose", 22 Feb 1943 - 18 May 2001. 4847
MARTINDALE, Shelly, Sr., 16 Apr 1914 - 2 Apr 1993.
4850
MARTINDALE, Shelly, Jr., 1940 - 1991. (Funeral Home Marker). 4848
MITCHELL, Raleigh B., 3 Jan 1931 - 7 Jul 1960, Ind. Cpl Infantry.
4842
PAYNE, James E., 17 Mar 1878 - 12 Jul 1907.  (Not found in 2011)
PAYNE, Lizzie, 27 Jul 1886 - 14 Apr 1920.  (Not found in 2011)
PAYNE, Lula, 15 Jan 1874 - 16 Jul 1914, wife of Mack Payne. (Not found in 2011)
RANDOLPH, Sam, 22 Jul 1879 - 16 Jan 1914.  (Not found in 2011)
REDUS, Henry, Died 23 Oct 1909, age 42 yrs.
4866
REED, Dutch, 1882 - 1958.
4830
REED, Joe Henry, 5 Jul 1940 - 9 Jun 1969. 
4829
REED, _______, 20 Jun 1870 - 28 Nov 1929.
(given name peeled off of stone) 4832
REED, Leona "Polly", 28 Jan 1900 - 27 Nov 1980. 
4828
SCRUGGS, David L., 1941 - 1944.
4839
SMITH, Annie L., 1904 - 1989. (Jordan Funeral Home Marker).
4857
SMITH, Edith, 11 Sep 1911 - 2 Nov 1973.
4856
SMITH, Lulu, (1892 - 1985), (Funeral Home Marker. Dates no longer present & from "Tombstone Inscriptions of Limestone County - Linda Smith".)
4869/4870
TROTTER, Emma, 6 Jan 1877 - 14 Jun 1943.  (Not found in 2011)
TROTTER, William, 15 Nov 1870 - 27 Dec 1950.  (Not found in 2011)
TROTTER, Ozzie L., 1912 - 1989, (Funeral Home Marker.); (I believe the Trotter lots are in southwest corner of cemetery.)(Not found in 2011)
TROTTER, Felicia Lien, 31 May 1986 - 27 Jun 2007. Sport we love you. In our hearts forever.
4824

__AHS__,11 Apr. or Mar 1882 - 8 ___, 1956. This is all that could be located for this stone in 1990 (Not found in 2011)
_____, James , no other information visible on this military marker buried deep into the ground. Surname begins with an E or F and also has a T in it.
4859
Marker, broken - no attempt to read it. Appears to be an early 1900s concrete marker perhaps Trutie Brown d. 1901:
4867
Fieldstone marked grave:
4840
Fieldstone marked grave with green plastic lettering: "MOM"  no other information:
4831

Some one close to this cemetery must have connections to a stone manufacturer. It appears they have taken scraps of granite and marked about all the grave lots in this cemetery with or without a known grave. There are hundreds of these markers in neat rows posted throughout the cemetery as you will notice in the photos.  Could this be an old slave and even more recent graveyard and contain this many unmarked graves. If you can answer this question we would like to hear from you.
There is an old school called Payne School marked on the topographical maps older than 1970 so this must have been the neighborhood of an an African-American School.

Several Markers have been painted with whitewash in the past. Probably not a good idea because the innards of old stones need to drain of water and stay dry and also the inscription is hard to see.

This Cemetery presentation is based on the photography of Wayne Austin on 29 Mar 2011, Original typing by Faye Bradford, and site linkage & programming by MB Richardson. Finalized and added here by Wayne Austin of Madison Alabama on 6 Aug 2011. This cemetery is also presented in the book Tombstone Inscriptions of Limestone County Alabama by Linda Smith Page 373.