Mike was born March 27, 1950 in Sterling City, TX to Leslie Sterling and Annie Ruth McCleary Payne. His parents preceded him in death. Mike is also preceded in death by his brother Jerry Payne.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife Charlann Payne of the family home in Roswell, NM; son Corlee Payne and wife Jaclyn of Roswell; daughter Robin Hedrick and husband Mark of Florida; brother Alan Payne and wife Sharon of Ruidoso Downs, NM; sister Carolyn Turney and husband Larry of Georgetown, TX and his grandchildren Sonny Hedrick, Taylor Hedrick, Ashlynn Hedrick and Lane Greighton.
Mike resided in Roswell, NM for 23 years coming from Ruidoso, NM where he lived most of his life. He was a member of Christ Church of the Downs in Ruidoso Downs, NM and also the Ruidoso Elks Lodge. Larry enjoyed hunting, calf and team roping. Above all else Mike loved his family and God. Mike will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to Christ Church of the Downs, 604 W. Harris Lane, Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico, 88346.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at www.ballardfuneralhome.com