Freddie Lee Payne of Quapaw, Okla. passed away Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Mo.  He was 68.

Freddie was born May 21, 1948 in Fayetteville, Ark. to Harley Otis and Fredia Madenine (Thomas) Payne.    He graduated in 1966 from Clarksville High School in Clarksville, Ark., he had lived in Quapaw all his life and was a truck driver for Yellow Freight. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Carol Otis Payne.

Survivors include his wife Mary Ellen Payne of the home, a daughter Jodi Lee and husband Billy R.  Moore of Grove, Okla., brother Jerry Dean Payne and wife Georgia of Afton, Okla., sister-in-law Sherri Turner, grandchildren Madison Kennedy Payne and Cooper R. Moore, nieces and nephews, and special dog pals Rufus, Murphy, Heidi

A Celebration of Life Service will be Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Paul Thomas Funeral Home Chapel in Miami, Okla.  Tommy Thomas and Rick Vanderford will officiate.  Services have been placed in the care of the Paul Thomas Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Miami, Okla.  Online condolences may be made at