Joe was born July 14, 1947, the son of Forrest "Munk" and Luetta (Webster) Payne.
Joe graduated from Rosedale High School in 1965.
Following high school, Joe served in the United States Army during Vietnam, where he was awarded the Purple Heart Medal amongst many others.
Joe worked for the Indianapolis Postal Services for more than 20 years.
Joe married the love of his life, Rosella "Joyce" Krider Nov. 1, 1968.
He enjoyed hunting and spending time with his family and friends.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents and brother George Payne.
He is survived by his wife Joyce Payne, Diamond, daughters Janette "Susie" Hargrave and husband Robert, Bloomington, and Terri Jo Branson and Cecil Rambo, Brazil, sons Troy Payne and Cassie Garrett, Diamond, and Robert Helton and wife Dena, brothers and sisters Jerry and Geraldine Payne, Sarah and Gene Havey, Jim and Caroline Payne, Don and Lynn Payne, Carol and Mike Jacobs and Sharon Payne, grandchildren Kayla Jones and husband Greg, Harmony, Josie Harris and Ronald "Doc" Barnett, Terre Haute, Brittany and Courtney Branson and their father Larry Branson, Rachel Buchanan, Elizabeth "Libby" and Alan Payne and their mother Kimberely Hicks and Steven Burton Jr., great-grandchildren Kayden Wright and Paccen Jones, special friends Wayne and Debbie Walton, Greg Walton, Alan and Tina Schrader, along with many extended family and friends.
Services will be Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at noon, at French Funeral Home, with Pastor Tom Hess officiating.
Burial will follow at Clear Run Cemetery, Bridgeton.
Visitation will be Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, from 4-8 p.m., at the funeral home.
Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in his memory.