Peggy Almond Payne passed away at Lower Cape Fear Hospice House in Wilmington, NC, Thursday, August 22, 2019. She was preceded into God’s hands by her husband of 45 years, Donald N. Payne Sr. of Asheville, her mother, Dollie W. Almond, father, James M. Almond, both of Concord, NC, her beloved sister, Doris Jean Cox, of Charlotte, and brother James M. “June” Almond, also of Concord. She is survived by one son, Dr. Donald N. Payne Jr of O.I.B., NC; five nieces and nephews who she loved so much: Timothy M. Almond & wife Teresa H. Almond of Concord who visited her often at Ocean Isle; Samuel T. Cox of Charlotte, Yves Frederick Panelli, Sequim WA; Steven Panelli, Atlanta, GA; Teresa P. Shepard, Macon, GA; Michael E. Cox of New Orleans, LA, & their spouses & children.
Peggy was born at Concord, NC in October 1934. She attended school in Concord, & ultimately attended Appalachian State Teacher’s College (a point of pride between her and her son who also attended ASU.) She met her future husband working in Charlotte at Chadbourn Mills after her first year of college. They ultimately eloped to Rock Hill, SC, married, and made a trip to Miami to celebrate.
After her son finished his junior year in High School, she returned to work, and in 1975, she began working for Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) in Charlotte. She and her husband moved to Asheville in 1976 where she was the AGC Manager for Western, NC, from then, until she retired in 1999. Mr. Payne passed in 2000, and Peggy began to execute the plan they held for life: moving to the Carolina beaches. She moved to Ocean Isle Beach in 2004 and lived there until her death in August 2019. Peggy was known for her great kindness, wry wit, love of flowers, and daily trips to the beach. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to The Lower Cape Fear Hospice House, Wilmington, NC, Camp United Methodist Church, Shallotte, or The Alzheimer’s Association, alz.org in her name.
A Memorial Service will be held at Camp United Methodist Church, Shallotte, NC, with family receiving friends and guests at 1PM, Thursday, August 26, 2019 followed by the Service led by her Minister, Rev. Dr, Won Namkoong at 2 PM. Friends and family will retire to the Wing & Fish Company, across from Camp United, after the Service.