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John Robert Payne

July 27, 1949 — August 17, 2018

Energy- John Robert Payne, 69, of Energy, passed away at 7:43 AM, Friday, August 17, 2018 at his home in Energy. John was born on July 27, 1949 in Herrin to John and Leva Pauline (Belt) Payne, Jr. Previously he worked as a professional painter and a mechanic at Skelly’s Truck stop in Marion. Recently he worked for the Williamson County Housing Authority performing odd jobs. John was a jack of all trades and a real wheeler dealer. Earlier he worked for the ICW wrestling organization and at one time drove Randy “Macho Man” Savage in a limousine. He enjoyed sharing his knowledge and stories with others and helping those in need. He was a diehard Cubs fan and appreciated everything about the organization. He was a funny man who enjoyed telling stories and singing karaoke at different places throughout the area. Johns was a lifelong member of West Monroe Apostolic Church in Herrin. He was a man of God who enjoyed sharing his faith. Survivors include- Daughter- Jennifer Hunter and husband Shawn of Carterville Son- Billy Jo Williams and wife Tracy of Pittsburg Son- Jerry Shepard of Sturgis, KY Son- Emmitt Shepard and wife Jerri of Sturgis, KY 2 granddaughters- Samantha Payne of Hurst Serenity Rhodes of Carterville 2 great grandchildren- Jaqualine Shelton and Darron Rhodes Sister in law- Ellie Long of Marion Special friend- Amanda Harvel of Johnston City Several nieces and nephews He was preceded in death by his parents, brother- Danny Long and sisters- Lorreta Payne and Sandra Boots. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, August 22, 1018 at West Monroe Apostolic Church in Herrin. Rev. Terry Griffith will officiate. Burial will follow at Herrin City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 PN until 8:00 PM, Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at West Monroe Apostolic Church in Herrin. Arrangements were made at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin. Memorial donations are suggested to West Monroe Apostolic Church and will be accepted at the church or Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home/ 201 S. 13th St/ Herrin, IL 62948. For more information or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit
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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

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