He was a graduate of So Charleston High School and attended Morris Harvey College. He was a U. S. Navy Veteran, a member of the St. Albans Masonic Lodge #58 AF & AM and retired from Chemical Leaman Tank Lines at Institute.
He is survived by his wife and soul mate of 54 years, Opal Miller Payne, Wonderful son Tony (Tonya) Payne of Hurricane, Two grandchildren who were the love of his life, Ashlee and Tyler Payne of Hurricane, Brother: Bill (Juanita) Payne of Ravenswood, Brother in Law: Edgar Gene Miller, Sisters in Law: Shirley (David) Waldron and Kathy Reed. Special Nephews: Eddie (Drema) Walker and Randy (Sherry) Payne.
Funeral services will be 11:00 am on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at the Curry Funeral Home Chapel, 2097 Childress Rd., Alum Creek, with Pastor Mark Thaxton Officiating. Family and friends will gather From 6 to 8 PM on Tuesday at the funeral home. A graveside service with military graveside rites by the Alum Creek VFW 4768 will be held at the Miller Family Cemetery on Saturday August 9, 2014 at 2:00 pm for all who wish to come.
The family would like to give a special thank you to Dr. Sampath, Dr. Keith, Dr. Joseph, Dr. White, Dr. Matulis, Dr. Ashaab, Dr. Gray, the nursing staff on 4 South, 5 West, open heart recovery and Cath Lab for the great care Robert received during this illness.