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Alfreda Payne

August 15, 1957 - November 14, 2021

Alfreda Payne, “Mama”, Sister, Grandmom, Auntie and Friend”, we will forever remember your beautiful smile that would make anyone’s light shine!!

She was born on August 15, 1957, to the late Isaac “Junior” Payne and Mildred Davis Payne. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Derrick Lee Payne “Pooh” and we all know that her heart is full of laughter, joy and relief she made it to “Our Pooh”; brother, Terry Lee Payne; sisters, Willie Ann Payne Rose “Nannie” and Vivian Williams “Auntie “Bim’.

She served her country for four years in the U.S. Army and worked in the healthcare field as a CNA.

Alfreda leaves to cherish and rejoice her memory, her son, John David Isaac “Bug” Ashley, Sr. who she loved and he loved his Mama beyond measure; grandchildren, John David Isaac Ashley, Jr., and Raè John David Ashley, who both loved their grandmother unconditionally; sister (and look-a-like), Charlene Pannell will forever miss everything about her sister; also devoted and protective, nieces and nephews who will always and forever be there for “Bug” and “grandkids”; aunts; Gracie A. Sadler, Virgie P. Jones. Virginia Davis and Joyce Barnette; many devoted, dedicated and loyal friends that were apart of our family. We all appreciate and love you dearly.

“Freda” not only had a beautiful and contagious laughter, but she definitely had an impact on anyone who encountered her.

A memorial service will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, November 20, 2021, in the chapel of Tharp Funeral Home, 220 Breezewood Drive.  Lynchburg, VA

Following the service, a repast will be held at 2238 King St. Lynchburg, VA 24501. The family invites all to join.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.

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Freda was my friend and classmate for many years. Our kids shared a friendship also!! She loved my daughter!! I will always remember that bright smile!! Love and prayers to the family!!

Posted by Esther Henry Scott on November 22, 2021

A heartbroken person cant be sad around Freeda aka Cousin because she embraced and uplifted you and made you forget you was having a bad day instead you would end up laughing and looking forward to the rest of your day. She was so loving that she made everything she touched special and she made a place in your heart and you never let anyonelace. She is loved by kids and mature ones the same a light in our lives truly.

Posted by Justin on November 19, 2021

Freda. We miss you. May Jehovah protect you while you sleep and remember you during the resurrection here on earth. Love the Cunningham family

Posted by Carol Cunningham on November 19, 2021

Such a loss is hard to deal with and understand. She meant so much to so many. She always had a smile and laugh to brighten any room. She loved her family so much. Yet she is resting now waiting on that beautiful promise that Jehovah God can only make and thats the hope of the resurrection. What a glorious day it will be for her to run to Pooh and run to John and run to all the family members and friends , hugging and tears of joy to be reunited and never have to say goodbye ever again. Yes Freda loved Jehovah so much and firmly believed in his promises ❤. One thing she said to me a few months ago is the she wants to see all her family, friends and everyone she met to be there in Paradise serving Jehovah with her. She prayed that this hope would be real to others as it was to her too. She will be missed so much. Condolences to everyone and we look forward to seeing her again.

Posted by Dana M Cunningham on November 19, 2021

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