Long time Anchorage resident Rubie L. Payne, 98, passed away peacefully January 24, 2012, at his home. Rubie was born May 13, 1913 in Plumerville, Arkansas to Emma Fuller and Lee Andrew Payne who preceded him in death.
Rubie moved to Alaska’s booming oil industry in 1948, where he was employed for the City of Anchorage as a Laborer with Local 341 from 1950-1977. He owned R & W Paving and ran it successfully from 1978 to 1989.
Rubie enjoyed playing dominos, watching baseball, traveling, spending time with his family and chewing tobacco.
Rubie was also preceded in death by his wife Patricia Payne, brothers Lee Willie Payne and Jessie Payne, sister Parthenia Dubose and daughter Carmella Payne.
Rubie was a loving father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather and uncle.
Rubie leaves his loving family, surviving sister Areathia Smith of Anchorage, sons Kiven Payne of Anchorage, Anthony Payne of California, daughters Colleen Payne and Desiree Felix of California, and Cora Mae Payne of Oklahoma, 10 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, 2 nieces Phylia Simmons of Anchorage and Francis Mayfield of California, 4 nephews Henderson Wallace of California, Jessie Smith, Cornelius Smith and David Smith of Anchorage, a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great nephews, great-great nieces, cousins, long time companion Martha Farr and extended family and friends.
A viewing will take place from 10 a.m. followed by a Celebration of Life at 11 a.m. on Saturday February 11, 2012, at First Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, 3600 MacInnes St.