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Okeemia Dawn "Keme" Payne, age 33, of Fairmont, and formerly of Baltimore, Maryland, departed this life on Monday (March 20, 2017) at Fairmont Regional Medical Center of Fairmont.
"Keme" was born June 5, 1983, in Fairmont. She is the daughter of Donna Jean Payne of Fairmont and Promise Allen of Detroit, Michigan; and two important men in life who helped to raise her, Charles "Bubba" Echols and Ron Williams.
She was a former employee of TeleTech and Holiday Inn of Fairmont. She graduated from Francis M. Wood High School in Baltimore, Maryland, and attended Fairmont State University. She enjoyed reading and flower gardening.
She was a dedicated mother to her three children, whom were her life.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by two daughters, Sanaa Hayes of Baltimore, Maryland, and Jamia Elder of Fairmont; one son, Djwaal Hayes, Jr. of Baltimore, Maryland; one sister Angel Echols of Baltimore, Maryland; three brothers, DeAndre Payne of Fairmont, Rashod Kent and Darnell Kent, both of West Virginia; grandmother Delores Kelly of Baltimore, Maryland; grandfathers Eugene Payne Jr. of Charleston and Houston Lee of Fairmont; four aunts, Saronna Payne of Baltimore, Maryland, Shimada Payne of Fairmont and Callie Mosley of Atlanta, Georgia and Lashawna Beafore-Miller of North Carolina; five uncles, Calvin Payne of Columbus, Ohio, Eugene Payne, III of Fairmont, Vernon Payne of Fairmont, Jonte Payne of Charleston and Ern Carr of New York; her godmother, Bertha "Peaches" Powell of Fairmont; several great-aunts and great-uncles and a host of cousins including a special cousin, Damingo Carr and many loving friends including two who were very close to Keme, Cherise Jones of Fairmont and Tanecia Richardson of Morgantown.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents Hattie and Phillip Sistrunk and Helen and Eugene Payne and a nephew, Avonte Powell.
Friends may join the family to honor Keme's life and legacy from 11 a.m. until noon Saturday at Morningstar Baptist Church, 100 McKinney St., Fairmont. Her Home Going Service will begin at noon in the church with the Rev. Wesley Q. Dobbs officiating and she will be laid to rest at the Evergreen Cemetery in Fairmont.
To send personal condolences and other symbolic gestures, or to order flowers, please visit www.smithfuneralandcremationcare.com.
Professional services are under the direction of Smith Funeral & Cremation Care, 108 Holland Ave., Morgantown.
Published on March 23, 2017
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