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Barbara J (Payne) Overby

January 28, 1941 ~ February 17, 2022 (age 81) 81 Years Old
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Barbara Overby Obituary

Remembrance Mortuary Services Pause at This Time to Pay Tribute to The Payne and Overby Family. Our Words May Not Suffice to Express the Heartfelt Sorrow That We Share with You During This Difficult Moment. May Your Family Forever Remain Strong Together and Share in The Journey to Finding Peace After This Difficult Loss.

A Mother’s Love Is Alive Forever. In the Lessons She Taught, The Patience She Gave, And in The Hearts of The Children She Raised. Our Prayers Go Out to You in This Time of Great Sadness. We Pray for Strength and Healing as You Grieve the Loss of a Wonderful and Caring Woman. Your Mother Was a Rare and Special Type of Person Who Made A Great Impact on So Many People. Cherish the Memories of Her Warmth, Her Gentle Hands, Her Kind Heart, And Her Wise Words. A Mother Lives Forever Within the Hearts of All She Embraced.

“He Gives Strength to The Weary and Increases the Power of The Weak.”
Isaiah 40:2

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Legacy if Life

Barbara was born to parents Louis John Payne Sr. and Phebe Mae Roberts Payne in 1941. She was raised and took pride in being a lifelong resident of Pass Christian, Mississippi. Barbara was a steadfast member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Pass Christian. Barbara balanced her professional work career as a seamstress at Pass Christian Industries for 20 plus years as well as she enjoyed being a private domestic worker for multiple families along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  

Barbara gained her heavenly wings on February 17, 2022, at the age of 81, after a lengthy battle with renal illness. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord! 

Always someone who could hold court at gatherings, dialysis sessions, or in the comfort of her living room with her children. Barbara had a way with words, voice inflection, eye contact, and body language which made you deeply feel and understand the message she was conveying. Her wisdom, life experiences, and down to earth disposition was heavily leveraged to be quite impressionable on anyone she held a conversation with. Barbara took pride in her ability to converse well and always confidently stated that “I can hold a conversation with anyone - even the President if provided the opportunity”.   

She truly enjoyed her kids and the quality time which could be spent in person or on the phone with them. Her kids will pull from their memory bank a rich and vivid recollection of impromptu gospel singing sessions at home, card games, embarrassing boyfriend / girlfriend first meetings, deep & thought-provoking discussions, holiday gatherings, flavorful meals (Momma’s crawfish étouffée), and family reunions in the yard! 

She is preceded in death by her son David Payne (living wife Chastric "MiMi" Payne), husband of ten (10) years Ray Overby, parents Louis John Sr & Phebe, siblings John “Louis” Payne Jr, Yvonne Payne, Patricia “Patsy” Payne Biggs, and Dorothy Payne. 

She leaves behind one brother she cherished dearly Johnny “Junior” Williams Jr, of Missouri City Texas. Barbara is survived by her children: Joseph Dedeaux of Delisle Mississippi, Ray Payne of Gulfport Mississippi, Angela Payne Smith of Pass Christian, Debra Payne of Pass Christian Mississippi, Kerri Payne of Pass Christian Mississippi, Jeffrey Payne of Pass Christian Mississippi, Gordon “James” Payne of Vancouver British Columbia Canada, Amos “Peanut” (Fairen) Murrell of Delisle Mississippi, Anthony “Tim” (Wanda) Murrell of Columbia South Carolina, Jackie “Nene”(Rossi) Payne McGee of Concord North Carolina, Shelonda Murrell White of Gulfport Mississippi, and Eddie “Weda” (Kim) Riley Sr of Matthews North Carolina.  She will be missed by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren who affectionately refer to her as “Maw Maw”! She held special relationships and left indelible marks on her godchildren Darryl “Crow” Payne Sr and Amber “Tuke” Antoine. Aunt Barbara will be remembered by a host of nieces and nephews she enjoyed talking and spending time with. She extended her warm motherly affection to Pastor Raphael (Cynthia) Johnson who held a special place in Maw Maw’s heart.



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February 26, 2022

10:00 AM to 11:00 PM
St. Paul Methodist Church
322 Clark Avenue
Pass Christian, MS 39571

Celebration of Life
February 26, 2022

11:00 AM
St. Paul Methodist Church
322 Clark Avenue
Pass Christian, MS 39571

February 26, 2022

1:00 PM
Live Oak Cemetery
399-301 St. Louis Street
Pass Christian, MS 39571


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