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Dennis Payne

December 2, 1957 November 17, 2018
Dennis Payne
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Obituary for Dennis Payne

Dennis Spencer “Doc” Payne, 60, of Marmaduke, died on Saturday at St. Bernard’s Medical Center. “Dino”, as he was known, served on the Marmaduke Fire Department and the Northeast Greene County Fire District. He had many interests including Cub and Boy Scouts, guns, cooking, woodworking, radio controlled airplanes and, most of all, public service with fire and police departments. As written by a fellow firefighter, Dennis led a life of helping others. As a young adult, he was a Boy Scout leader and continued throughout the years involved in scouting. He joined the Marmaduke Fire Department in 1978, becoming Fire Chief in 1983 and worked hard at improving and building it up. In 1997, he was responsible for founding the Northeast Greene County Fire district. He served as District Chief and Board President. He trained literally hundreds of firefighters, many of whom became leaders in the department and community. He was a Chief to many, father to some, and brother to all. He also served the public as a reserve police officer, public works, city council, and in many other capacities.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Spencer Coleman Payne and Marjorie Lea "O’Dooley" Payne, sister Dottie Ann Knecht of California and a brother, Leonard Martin of Missouri.

Dennis is survived by his wife, Annette, of the home; sister, Barbara McFadyen of California; and his extended family of cousins, nieces, nephews and, of course, brother firefighters, police and many, many friends

Visitation will be Tuesday from 6-8 PM at Heath Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10 AM in the Heath Colonial Chapel with Rev. Kim Bridges and Bill Muse officiating. The family requests a procession of fire trucks escorts Dennis to his final rest in Pine Log Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Nick McDowell, Steve Franks, Jeff Evans, Matt Pruett, James Hargrove, Donald Lamar, Jimmy Parrish, Mike Noel, Justin May.

Honorary Pallbearers are the Marmaduke Fire Department and Norhteast Greene County Fire District.

Memorials may be made to PAWS, 1103 E. Kingshighway, Paragould, AR.

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6:00 PM 11/20/2018 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 11/20/2018 8:00:00 PM
Heath Funeral Home

321 W. Garland St.
Paragould, AR 72450

Heath Funeral Home
321 W. Garland St. Paragould 72450 AR
United States

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10:00 AM 11/21/2018 10:00:00 AM
Heath Funeral Home

321 W. Garland St.
Paragould, AR 72450

Heath Funeral Home
321 W. Garland St. Paragould 72450 AR
United States

Cemetery Details


Pine Log Cemetery Final Resting Place

11656 Highway 49 North
Brookland, AR 72417

11656 Highway 49 North Brookland 72417 AR
United States

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