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In Memory Of Our Poets

Shelli J. Payne (Jones) (1950-2018) - Class Of 1968

In joyous remembrance of Shelli Payne Jones who died peacefully at her home, Turkeyhollow, on June 22, 2018. Shelli was born on July 8th, 1950 to Richard and Marjorie Payne of Montgomery, Alabama. While studying at Jacksonville State University, she met David Jones. They married and eventually settled in David's hometown of Summerville, Georgia. Shelli was a lifelong educator who specialized in art and science. She taught at Pennville and North Summerville Elementary schools. She was committed to a life in God's service and pursued hands on ministry as a volunteer at the Community Resource Center of Chattooga County. Shelli is survived by Karolyn Payne Elliott, Richard and Teresa Payne, Sam Jones, Sandy Whittington, her Godchildren— Britton, Christiaan, Taylor, Sam, Josh, Slater, Loretta, Loren, Martin, Lee, Katy, Destin, Hannah, and Desiree — and her pets— Tinker, Valentino, Ember and Satchmo Jones. Services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on June 29th, 2018 at Bethel Church with Rev. Melvin Moseley officiating. Earle Rainwater Funeral Home in charge.

Published in the Montgomery Advertiser on June 28, 2018.

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09/18/18 12:34 PM #1    

Stephen "Steve" Beard (1968)

High school memories are beautifully enhanced whenever they involve Shelli. She was a wonder and delight. Missing the bus. Skipping class to make an Icee run. Sneaking into my hospital room after hours with Purple Cow. Rolling trees. Midnight at the river. Fake-cooking slugss from the backyard to 'serve' wary dinner guests. All with that absolutely infectious smile and a twinkle in her eye. Surely God delights in creating such as her! 

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