William Melvin Payne was born on 29 October 1891, North Carolina, son of Mary Payne. Prior to joining the war, he was employed as a farm hand. He died of broncho pneumonia on 27 October 1918. He died at the age of 24.
PFC Payne is buried at Laws Chapel Cemetery, Blount County, Tennessee.
- Rank: Private First Class
- Date of birth: 29 October 1891
- Date of death: 27 October 1918
- County: Blount
- Hometown: Maryville
- Service Branch: Army
- Division/Assignment: Company C, 323rd Machine Gun Battalion, 83rd Division
- Conflict: World War I
- Burial/Memorial Location: Laws Chapel Cemetery, Blount County, TN
- Location In Memorial: Pillar II, Top Panel
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