Thomas Brett Payne

  • Died: January 11, 2014
  • Location: Knoxville, Tennessee

Highland Memorial Parks

5315 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919
Tel. (865) 588-0567

Tribute & Message From The Family

Payne, Thomas Brett, 53, of Knoxville, died Saturday January 11, 2014, at UT Hospital. Brett graduated from UT in Wildlife and Fisheries Science. He was a longtime employee of Fort Sanders Hospital. Brett was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed wildlife and bird watching. He had an interest in Knox County Family Community Education – Bearden Chapter. He was a member of the Knoxville Porcelain Artists and enjoyed Porcelain painting of wildlife. He was a life-long member of St. Mark United Methodist Church on Northshore Drive in Knoxville. He is survived by his mother, Myra Payne; brother, Cory Payne and sister, Fonda Wicker. The family will receive friends Tuesday, January 14, 2014 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with the Funeral Service to follow at 6:30, at Highland Memorial Funeral Home. The Graveside Service will be Wednesday, January 15 at 11:00 AM in the Highland Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Mark United Methodist Church, 7001 Northshore Drive, Knoxville, TN 37919. Please sign the online register book at Highland Memorial Funeral Home, 5315 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919 – 865-588-0567

Condolence & Memory Journal

Brett my fine buddy, I will miss you. we were great buddies during the hockey years that we played together. I can remember a lot of memories when I first played hockey with Corey, then the years we played together at UT together. you were one of my good friends and I will always have good memories of our times at the Ice Chalet and the coliseum and the road trips together. big man, god bless your family and you are now home. Rick Farmer

Posted by RICK FARMER - KNOXVILLE, TN - FRIEND   January 17, 2014

Cory and Fonda,
I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Gary Householder

Posted by gary householder - louisville, KY - family friend   January 16, 2014

I was stunned to hear of Brett's passing. I've known him for twenty five years and was blessed to have him in my life. He was just like my brother! I have so many fun memories from working on motorcycles in his yard to his tidbits about nature and birds and trees! Always made me mad cause he knew more about plants and birds and bikes and pretty much everything! Just like a big brother should, he never made me feel dumb and was always good to me. I'm sorry that I had lost touch with him, and I will surely miss him much. My prayers to mom and Cory and Fonda you have lost a good one. R

Posted by Mike Lawson - Heiskell, TN - Friend and coworker   January 15, 2014

So sorry to learn the passing of your loved one. Thoughts & Prayers to the family & friends during this sad time..

Posted by Susan E Manis - Seymour, TN - Cory's friend   January 15, 2014

Brett was a great outdoorsman even at an early age. We had great fun hiking, camping, building canoes, and going to the lake when we were in Boy Scouts together. We had a lot of fun at Wesley Woods also. If I could skate I would have liked to play hockey with Brett. He was a great goalie. My thoughts and prayers go out to Myra, Cory, and Fonda.

Posted by Randall Scott - Knoxville, TN - Friend from St Marks & RH school   January 15, 2014

Dear Fonda and Corey and other immediate and extended family. Judy and I were deeply sorry to hear about Brett. It gave me a warm feeling to read how he loved the outdoors and was doing some painting. I remember Brett's smiling face and him being part of the joy we all shared at Wesley Woods. I remember he always brought a laugh to all of us when he was around, and how he loved playing hockey. Our prayers are with you now and hope God can bring comfort in the days ahead. Blessings and prayers, David and Judy Porter

Posted by David and Judy Porter - Springfield, VA - Old Camp Friends   January 14, 2014

Fonda, Corey, and Myra, you are all in our thoughts and prayers. We love you and have lots of fond memories of all of you and Brett, too.

Love, Jack and Ruth

Posted by Jack and Ruth Porter - Madisonville, TN - Friend   January 14, 2014

You will be missed my friend.

Posted by Greg Williams - Hope Hull, AL - Friend   January 13, 2014

I am so very sorry to hear about Brett. I still tell stories about riding mini-bikes and motorcycles with Brett, as well as being afraid of the little chinchilla he had as a pet. That darn thing seemed to love to chew on my ankles. :-) I will also always remember all the talks we had about hockey. While I have not been in contact with Brett for some time, I will always consider him to be a valued childhood friend and big part of my life. Rest in Peace, friend.

Posted by Tony Pagano - Woodbridge, VA - Friend   January 13, 2014

I am so sorry to about Brett! He was a dear friend of mine. The ice chalet was a wonderful memory along with so many trips to the mountains! Rest in peace my friend!

Posted by Lorri Broome Wagner - Knoxville, TN - Long time friend!!   January 13, 2014