Wellsville, NY - Delbert L. Payne, age 68, of the Stannards Road passed away on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. He was born on May 18, 1949 in Wellsville to Burdette and Beatrice (White) Payne. On October 24, 1970 in Whitesville he married the former Nancy Jones who survives.
Delbert graduated from Whitesville Central High School in 1967. He served in the U.S. Army from 1967 until 1974 with 18 months in Vietnam. Delbert was a general contractor and later became the head custodian for Whitesville Central School. He had survived a double lung transplant for 12 years, 7 years longer than expected. He had been a member of the Whitesville Volunteer Fire Department, Whitesville Volunteer Ambulance Corps, and was a former member of the VFW and the American Legion. Delbert enjoyed working with hands, watching NASCAR, and the Buffalo Bills.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy; 3 sons, Sonny (Melissa) Payne of Spokane, WA., Thomas (Lindsey) Payne of Kentucky, and Benjamin (Rita) Payne of Whitesville; a daughter, Lisa (Larry) Hurler of West Field, PA.; 13 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; 2 brothers, Martin (Crystal) Payne of Texas, and Leon (Betty) Payne of Harrison Valley, PA.; 2 sisters, Cindy (Marvin) DeVaughn of Maryland, and Sharon (Jerry) Givens of Wellsville; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In keeping with Delbert’s wishes there will be no calling hours or service. Please consider memorial contributions in his name be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.
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