Leron Stewart Payne, Jr.

March 15, 1946 - June 16, 2008

03/15/1946 - 06/16/2008

Past Services

Tuesday June 17, 2008
Forest Lawn Cemetery
8100 Granby Street
Norfolk, VA 23505
757-441-1753 | Directions
Wednesday June 18, 2008
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Virginia Beach
5792 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
800-934-4648 | Directions
Thursday June 19, 2008
2:00 pm
Forest Lawn Cemetery
8100 Granby Street
Norfolk, VA 23505
757-441-1753 | Directions

Leron Stewart Payne
Virginia Beach

Leron Stewart Payne, Jr., passed away on Monday, June 16, 2008 after a brave battle against cancer. He was born in Norfolk on March 15, 1946, the son of the late Villie Parker Payne and the late Retired Commander Leron S. Payne, Sr. He was also preceded in death by his favorite uncle, John M. Payne, brother-in-law, Charles M. Campbell, and his special lifelong friend, Larry Nicolas.

Mr. Payne was a graduate of Princess Anne High School, received his B.S. degree from Old Dominion University, and his Masters degree at the College of William & Mary. Stewart taught AP Calculus and Math Analysis at Kellam High School for 32 years. He adored his students and was well known for his “pranks” to get their attention. Stewart’s other love was fishing on his boat the “Pamela-Ann,” in the Chesapeake Bay.

Left behind to mourn his loss and cherish his beloved memory are his wife of 44 years, Pamela Stadler Payne of the home; his daughters, Caroline Michelle Payne Steward John Ayers of Newsoms VA; Kathryn Stewart Payne Berry Bryan of Callahan, FL; his grandchildren, Joseph M. Steward, Brittany S. Taylor, Aaron T. Berry, and Caroline M. Berry. He also leaves behind his most beloved sister and best friend, Suzanne Payne Campbell of Moorpark, CA; and his closest fishing buddy, Willie B. Copeland of Windsor, VA. Many nieces, nephews, and good friends will also mourn his passing. He will be dearly missed by his beloved dachshund Minnie who was Daddy’s special girl. Thanks go out to Phyllis Futrell, who went above and beyond the call of duty in caring for our loved one. He was a wonderful man who will truly be missed by all those whose lives he touched.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, June 18th from 7 – 9 PM at Altmeyer Funeral Home 5792 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach. A graveside service will be held at Forest Lawn Cemetery on Thursday at 2:00PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Brain Tumor Foundation: 22 Battery Street Suite 612
San Francisco, CA. 94111-5520 or the Humane Society: 123 Battlefield Blvd S # D Chesapeake, VA 23322. Condolences may be offered to the family online at altmeyer.com.

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8 years ago


Not a day goes by that I don’t think of you and miss you so much it hurts. You were and are my best friend, and Aaron and Caroline miss you terribly. I will always try to remember the important lessons you taught me about love and honour. It’s so hard, Daddy, but I’m trying. I’m so glad you are with Granddaddy Leron and Nanny, and Uncle J the Ocean View Sheriff, and that you don’t hurt anymore. I hope that when my time comes, that you are the one who is waiting for me, with those huge dimples and that wonderful grin. What I look forward to most of all is getting another hug from you. I love you forever Daddy.

Love, Kate

Renee & Family
8 years ago

Michelle and Family,

My thoughts and prayers are with you. There are no words that can take your pain away, know that your father is at peace now and is no longer in pain.

I am just a phone call away.

with love;

Renee, Alexis and Chris Norman

David and Jeanett Walker
8 years ago

Pam and Family

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved Stewart. We pray for peace and comfort for you and your family during this difficult time.

With deepest, heartfelt sympathy,

David and Jeanett Walker

harriet siff
8 years ago

Pam and family,

Our thoughts are with you during

your time of sorrow. Your transplant support group friends.

Harriet and Richard Siff

Theresa Newcomb
8 years ago

Pam and family,

I am so sorry for your loss our prayers are with you. Theresa & Jeff

8 years ago

Pam, I’m sorry.

Cindy Nicolas
8 years ago

Stewart will be truly missed, but never forgotten. Like Larry would say Virginia Beach Boys are special and I always believed that. I laugh many times about the stories Larry would tell me about the three of you. I Love you Pam.

Bill Daley
8 years ago

To the family of Steawart Payne,

I teach at Kellam and meet Stewart in his first year of teaching.

We had several common interests and shared many laughs together.

We were both chairmen of our respective departments and kept each other informed on what we needed to do.

Stewart was an avid fisherman and boatman; when I bought a smaller boat he told me many important aspects of owning and caring for a boat.

Stewart touched many lives and his memory will live forever.

Everyone has you and all your family members in our prayers.

Robin Capps Workman
8 years ago

To the Payne family,

I am one of those student’s whose life he touched. I was blessed to be in his classroom from the Fall of 1979 until the Spring of 1982. He was a wonderful instructor and mentor. He impacted my life, as he had many before me and did many after me. I remember his sense of humor and his willingness to help explanation something until you got it. I was privileged to be in his classroom.

My deepest sympathy to you.

Mary R. Chappell
8 years ago

To the Payne Family,

I taught across the hall from Stewart for about 20 years. We were both on the philosophy committee for a Southern Assoc. Review. Stewart would look forward to the cream puffs that I made for those meetings. We also shared department chairman meetings. I was saddned to hear of his death. My prayers and thoughts are with your family.

Mary R. Chappell

Retired Kellam Science Teacher