Mrs. Ida Mae Payne was born on July 19,1914 to John and Mary Starks in Greenville, Al. On the morning of Thursday, March 14, 2019, she was called home to Glory to be with Our Lord.
At an early age, Ida Mae married her loving husband, Roman Payne. Ida Mae and her husband moved to New York and she worked as a cook and housekeeper for the Jews until time of her retirement. In 1972, she and her husband moved back to Alabama. Ida Mae was loyal to the Lord and a faithful member of Indian Hill AME Zion and the Union Baptist Church with her husband.
Ida Mae was a loving and firm woman. She was called “Mama” and “Candy Gal” by most friends and family. She kept a clean house, it was so clean you could eat off the floor. She loved her flowers and her favorite was the “African Violet”, which was a member of the African Violet Association. She loved her dogs “Tony”, “Chico” and “Tina”; she loved to eat: her favorites was mayo on wheat bread and syrup bread; collard greens, calf liver and a coca cola to wash it down. Although, Ida Mae “Mama” was up in age she had a sharp mentality and would converse for hours at a time and could remember everything. She enjoyed talking to her great grandbabies about their career when the grow up. Mama was a caring and encouraging wise woman. She loved her family in Dayton, OH. She came to visit Dayton, Ohio as often as she could; her Dayton, Ohio family called and visited as often as they could. Ida Mae was a mother to some “Mama”, auntie to others and a special “Candy Gal” as well. She was a big fan of Evangelist Billy Graham. He Long Lived Life here on earth was enduring but everybody knew she would always receive a guest at her home and that special Saturday phone call. So now she is Living the Spiritual Life with no regrets in Glory with the Lord.
She was preceded in death by her parents: John and Mary Starks, Husband: Roman Payne, brothers and sisters: Alice Starks, Lillian M. Sneed, Sadie M. Freeman, Lola M. Wright, Essie L. Shanklin (Jimmy), Mozell L. Stark (Caroline), Ernest L. Starks (Betty), Johnnie L Starks and her loving pet “Tony”.
She leaves to cherish her memory: her God sent son, Charlie Roper; a devoted pet “Tina”; Granddaughter: Charlenna Roper, Great Grandchildren: Na’Kyie and Detric Smith, Sister-in-law: Ardellia Starks (Dayton, OH); a host of God children “Candy Gal”; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins other relative and friends.