Alan Eugene Payne

September 21, 1943 ~ August 30, 2020 (age 76)


Alan Eugene Payne, 76, of Hopkinton, passed away on Sunday, August 30, 2020. He was the loving husband of Virginia Lee (Cave) Payne and together they shared 55 years of marriage. Born in Providence, RI on September 21, 1943, he was the son of the late Edward Everett and Evelyn E. (Gardner) Payne.

Alan was a hardworking and dedicated employee for Stanley Bostitch in East Greenwich for 20 years. Afterwards, he went to explore his entrepreneurial spirit and started his own business, Big Al’s Tire which he ran for over 30 years. He loved working and continued to keep busy in retirement. He founded and was the President of the Ocean State Oldies Club, which was an antiques car organization. His favorite cars were the 1957 Chevy Bel Air and he owned 4 during his life time. He also appreciated the 1963 Chevy Impala which he owned along the way as well. Alan was a people person and could talk to anyone at any time, which included pets, especially dogs, and all animals. Most importantly, he loved his family and was a good husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Taking care of them was above all else from when his kids were little coaching them in sports to as they grew up, started their own families. Alan balanced is all and took pride in everything that he did, he will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Besides his wife Virginia, he leaves his son Stephen Payne and his wife Helen; his grandchildren Kirenza Burns and her husband John along with Derrick Jr., Andrea and her fiancé George Smith, Colin and Bryanna Payne; great-grandson Jesse Alan Smith; his brother Edward E. Payne and his wife Rose; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son Derrick Alan Payne, Sr.

The Payne family will greet relatives and friends on Saturday, September 5, 2020 from 11am-2pm at the S.R. Avery Funeral Home 3A Bank St., Hope Valley, RI., seating capacity limits, social distancing guidelines and other public health directives (i.e., use of facemasks and maximum of 15 people in the building at any given time) will be in place. Funeral services and burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his name to charity of the donor’s choice.

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September 5, 2020

11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
S. R. Avery Funeral Home
3 A Bank St.
Hope Valley, RI

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