Son of William Payne and Caroline Rowe
THE CHARITON HERALD-PATRIOT
Thursday, October 18, 1945
JOE PAYNE FOUND DAZED SUNDAY
Joe E. Payne, 72, long time Chariton resident, who followed the bricklaying trade for many years here, died Wednesday noon at the nursing home.
Unusual circumstances surround the case. About 9:30 Saturday night he was in the Cooper barber shop and received a shave. At that time the barber noticed evidence of cuts and bruises about the head and Payne was in an apparent dazed condition. He had to received assistance with his coat and other help when he left.
From that time until 2:30 p.m. Sunday no further report of him being seen has reached the sheriff's office. At that time on Sunday afternoon officers received notice from Paul Wright that a man in distress was seated on the running board of truck parked in the shed of the Dannen elevator.
They went to that place found Payne chilled and his clothes quite damp, and took him to jail where he was given medical treatment and warmed. From there he was taken to the Baker nursing home where medical attention was given as pneumonia was feared. It was apparent he was out in the weather from 10:00 p.m. Saturday until found.
About the same time Sunday another call was received from L. H. Busselle to the effect that he had some clothing found in his yard. Officers investigating identified the overcoat and cap found as Payne's and in addition Busselle had found a spot in his yard where evidence of a struggle had taken place and about $200 in currency was scattered about this spot.
On Payne's person was also found a considerable amount of currency. He owned his home at 15th and Armory, where he was living alone. He had lived there about 40 years.
Pneumonia set in and he died Wednesday noon. Thursday morning a post mortem was performed and the case is being investigated.
THE CHARITON LEADER
Tuesday, October 23, 1945
JOSEPH E. PAYNE
Joseph E. Payne, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Payne, was born at Galesburg, Illinois, and passed away at the Baker Nursing Home in Chariton October 17, 1945, at the age of 72 years. His death was due to lobular pneumonia and exposure caused by unusual circumstances.
He came with his parents when a baby to Chariton and this community has been his home ever since.
Mr. Payne worked as a bricklayer and mason in Chariton and surrounding communities. He was a quiet man who unobtrusively went about his work. His death came as a shock to his many friends.
Funeral services, in charge of the Rev. E. F. Partridge of the First Baptist church, were held Friday at the Beardsley funeral home. Burial was in the Chariton cemetery.
Survivors include a niece, Mrs. Doris McMains, of Des Moines, and a nephew, John Brown, of Chillicothe, Mo., and their immediate families who will miss him from their midst.
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