Terry Payne

Terry "Bubba" Payne

Monday, August 5th, 1963 - Saturday, August 22nd, 2020
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Terry “Bubba” Payne, 57 of Abilene passed away August, 22nd, 2020 at Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka, KS. Terry was born August 5th, 1963 in Junction City, KS to Jerry and Lesa (Sheridan) Payne. He Graduated from Herington High School, Class of 1981. There he enjoyed many sports, football was one of his most memorable and favorites.
Terry was a long term and lovable individual who was involved in his community. Terry served as a Dispatcher for Herington Fire Department and a Police office from January 1984 to August 1988. Bubba then moved on to firefighting from August 1989 to February 1992. He went to pursue his police dream one last time in February 1992 to September 1993 when he became a Assistant Police Chief and Served as assistant chief until September 1997. It was then that Bubba knew his true calling was to be a firefighter. Anyone who knew him knew that the fire burned within him. He served as a firefighter from 1997 to 1999 when he also took on being a Public Safety Officer until 2001. In 2001 Terry was nominated Captain on the Abilene Fire Department. He served as Captain until 2009 when he had to medically retire. He didn’t let that stop his bright soul, so he continued to work with the public by selling cars at Affordable Transportation. Bubba found joy by driving the school bus for USD 435. All those kids brought so much joy to his life.
Terry was also a long-term member of multiple groups around the Abilene area. Those groups included, The Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo Committee, Abilene Elks Lodge, and he was a legion Rider for the American Legion Post 12 in Herington, KS.
Terry was a individual who loved anyone and would talk to anyone for hours. He loved to share his memories and would help anyone who needed it, if he could. Bubba found so much joy in raising his two kids, Kelby and Kaylene. In 1998 Terry married his wife Kari (Bowers) and they continued to raise the kids together. Bubba also loved spending time with all his friends, but most of all his two grandchildren, Kyler (Harwood) and Haisley (Breeden).
Bubba is survived by his wife Kari of the home. His son, Kelby, and his daughter, Kaylene. He is also survived by his grandchildren Kyler and Haisley. One Brother, Monty (Patti) Payne, and one niece, Holli Payne. Several Cousins, Tatha (Sam) Riley, Larry (Loretta) Payne, Cory Payne, Cathy (Steve) Walters. Along with several others. He was proceeded in death by his parents Jerry and Lesa Payne. Two brothers, Larry and Bobby Payne. One Grandmother, Alice Brady.
The family has chose cremation. A memorial service for Bubba will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday September 11th, 2020 at the Fair Grounds/Beef Show Barn By Sterl Hall in Abilene with Pastor Stan Norman officiating. Inurnment will follow at the Abilene City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Thursday at the New Trail Fellowship Church, in Abilene. The family suggests memorials be given to the Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo Committee/ WBHRC. Memorials may be dropped off or mailed to Marten-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home, 414 NW 3rd St. Abilene, KS 67410.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, September 10th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, September 10th, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    New Trail Fellowship Church.
  • Service

    Friday, September 11th, 2020 | 10:30am
    Friday, September 11th, 2020 10:30am
    Fair Grounds/Beef Show Room by Sterl Hall - Abilene, Kansas
    Pastor Stan Norman


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Posted at 07:19pm
Kaylene and family- Thinking of you all during this difficult time. Our deepest sympathies to you all.
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DeAnn Cornwell

Posted at 07:59am
I worked with Terry as a Abilene Police Department 911 dispatcher for many years. He wrote my reference letter when I moved on to the Salina Police Department. I worked with him as a Police officer and as the Assistant Chief of Police. I enjoyed working with him. He had a heart of gold. He had a sense of humor that made it fun to be around him. He helped pull me through some tough times at Abilene Police Dept. I knew he had my back. I pray for his family in this tough time. I know he will be missed by many. Rely on your faith in God and you memories of a fine man. DeAnn Cornwell Retired 911 dispatcher after 30 years/ 35 years in law enforcement

Lisa A Lawton

Posted at 07:41am
Terry always had a way of lifting ones spirits if you were having a crappy day! I'll always remember that sweet man! He'd tease you until you were out of the funk!

Robin Loader

Posted at 03:53pm
I just met him about a month to month and a half ago at Midway Bar & Grill. I knew who he was because he was friends with my niece and husband Faron and Seth Enger. I am also friends with Lori Page-Moses. I introduced myself to him and we had a good conversation about Lori. We took a picture and he was going to send to her. Just my first meeting of him I knew he was a good guy. My thoughts and prayers to the family and many friends he had.

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