Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Inspector William E. Payne

Virginia Department of Prohibition Enforcement, Virginia

End of Watch Friday, February 21, 1919

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Reflections for Inspector William E. Payne

I just found out today, thanks to my sister tracing our ancestry, that that this brave officer is my great-great uncle. I wish I had known sooner, as his son, William Jr. - my first cousin twice-removed, passed away in 1998. I hope to find some other relatives of Inspector Payne. My father and my uncle (both great nephews of the Inspector) were police officers (retied in 1979 and 1985), I was a police officer (retired in 2015), my son is currently a police officer, and two of my first cousins are or have been police officers. Maybe the family tradition started with Great Uncle William. I am thrilled to learn of new family but sad to know how many other family members had to live on without him. I am very proud to call this man my relative and am going to spend a lot of time learning about him and trying to track down his family. Rest in Peace Uncle and Brother.

Lieutenant (Retired) John Payne
St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office

May 30, 2019

Inspector Payne,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Virginia. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

February 21, 2019

I am proud to call you my great-grandfather. Generations later, your legacy continues to inspire respect for law enforcement officers and gratitude for the sacrifices they make. My husband is a law enforcement officer, so your sacrifice is never far from my mind. Thank you for your service.

Kimberly Renee Payne Martin Permenter
Great-granddaughter

October 17, 2014

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 93rd anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect and your memory will always be honored and revered. How wonderful that your family is able to share their admiration for you on this site.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

February 21, 2012

I believe I can speak for the entire family in saying you are remembered always in a positive light. Your survivors became my Grandmother and Father, and part of your legacy is a family proud of its heritage. Love and Sunshine to you, Grand-dad.

William E. Payne
Grandson

January 25, 2009

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR DEDICATION AND SERVICE, YOU ARE A HERO JUST BY THE PROFESSION YOU CHOSE

VANDENBERGHE
MANCHESTER, NH

February 12, 2008

INSPECTOR PAYNE, YOU HAVE SERVED WELL. MAY GOD BLESS YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND SACRIFICE. A HERO FOR SURE. MAY YOU REST IN PEACE.

CHIEF RONNIE WATFORD-RET.
JEFFERSON POLICE DEPT,S.C.

October 1, 2007

As the story of your sacrifice is handed down to each successive generation, you inspire excellence in us all; thus you will forever be remembered, respected, appreciated, honored, and deeply loved.

Anonymous
Friend of Family

June 22, 2006

As the story of your sacrifice is handed down to each successive generation, you inspire excellence in us all; thus you will forever be remembered, respected, appreciated, honored, and deeply loved.

Anonymous
Friend of Family

June 22, 2006

Grandfather, even though we never met, you are not forgotten. Your honor has been recorded for all time. Rest in peace.

Winona Payne Frye
Grandaughter

June 19, 2006

Rest in peace, Inspector Payne. Your sacrifice has not gone unnoticed and you won't be forgotten.

A friend

Anonymous

April 13, 2004

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