About Matthew Emory Payne
Matthew Emory "Dap" Payne unexpectedly, but in accordance with God's most perfect timing, met his personal Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ, on Thursday morning, Sept. 8, 2011.
Matthew was preceded in death by his parents, Emory and lsadora Payne; and his beloved father-in-law, Willard N. Dameron Jr.
He is survived by his wife, Bambi Dameron Payne, a true woman of great faith, with whom he shared 34 years of marriage; his older daughter, Melanie Payne Bolas and husband Steven Bolas; his second daughter, Hollis Payne Phillips and husband Steven Phillips; his only son, Owen Matthew Payne; and two awesome grandsons, Sean and Daniel Bolas, who adoringly referred to him as "Dap."
Matthew was born Jan. 21, 1955, and was a lifelong resident of Todds Tavern in Spotsylvania County. He graduated from Spotsylvania High School in 1973, where he was a member of the football and basketball teams, as well as the marching band.
After high school he began his career as an estimator in general contracting with L. White and Co. in Fredericksburg. In 1994, Warren Flynn Construction Co. brought Matt on as their estimator and project manager and later promoted him to vice president. In 2009 he began a blessed journey with his best pal, Steve Chaplin, at Trinity Construction Group in Culpeper, where he and Steve worked meticulously on one of his biggest and most prized projects, the remodeling of the VRE train station in downtown Fredericksburg.
In his earlier years, Matt coached peewee football, basketball, and his older daughter's softball team for Spotsylvania Parks and Rec. Later, he enjoyed playing basketball and softball for local leagues. Matt was zealous about college football and his favorite professional team, the Washington Redskins. He also enjoyed rooting for his favorite college basketball team, the Virginia Commonwealth University Rams, where all three of his children and his two sons-in-law attended.
Matthew was a born-again Christian and gave his heart to Christ in 2000. He and Bambi were devoted prayer partners and believed Jesus is the ONLY way to Heaven. He was baptized that same year by his dear friend, Pastor Jim Stone at Spotswood Baptist Church, where he and his family attended for 10 years. There he taught the seventh grade boys Sunday school class for six years. Most recently, he and Bambi attended City on a Hill Church in Culpeper, pastored by his greatly loved brother-in-law, GW Dameron.
All are encouraged to attend a Celebration of Life service on Friday, Sept. 16, at 6 p.m. at Tabernacle United Methodist Church, Fredericksburg. Pastor GW Dameron will officiate the service along with Matthew and Bambi's special friend, Mrs. Janice Hollan of JH Ministries.