Billy Beyrl Payne was born on 15 March 1925, the son of Edgar Talmadge Payne and Ella Mae Conley.
He was killed in action on 7 September 1944 in France.
Buried in Section 2 of Fairview Cemetery, Jonesboro, TN

112th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division, Company B

The Johnson City Press, 7 November 1948
Funeral for Pvt. Billy B. Payne, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Payne, of Chula, Va., whose body arrived Tuesday for reburial, will be today in Fairview Methodist Church near Jonesboro. Burial will be in the church cemetery on the Fall Branch road, with military honors by Daniels-Mottern Post of the American Legion. Young Payne, who was 19, at the time he was killed in action against the enemy in France, was a resident of Jonesboro, route 9, when he entered military service January 20, 1944. He was serving with an Army infantry unit at the time of his death, September 7, 1944, a month after he landed in France. Payne attended Jonesboro High School and had been employed by a Jonesboro farm supply store when he was inducted into the armed forces. He underwent basic training at Fort McClellan, Ala., and had spent a furlough with relatives in Washington county just prior to sailing for Europe. He was awarded posthumously the Military Order of the Purple Heart medal which was forwarded to his mother. Surviving besides his parents are two brothers, Dean and Jerry Lee Payne.

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of birth:
  • 15 March 1925
  • Date of death: 7 September 1944
  • County: Washington
  • Hometown: Jonesboro
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 112th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Fairview Cemetery, Jonesboro, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XIX, Middle Panel
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