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Raymonda L. Payne & Shannan Payne Moss

April 22, 2022

Raymonda Lane Payne was born on February 18, 1969, the only child of Raymond L. Smith, deceased and Charlene Payne Pannell. She was also raised and loved by Harry Pannell whom she received and shared in his fatherly love with her little sister Monique Payne Reid.

Both mother and daughter are preceded in death by their Grandparents (Great) Isaac and Mildred Davis Payne, Aunts (Great) Willie Ann Payne Rose, Vivian Williams, and Alfreda Payne, Uncle Terry Lee Payne, and dear cousin Derrick Lee Payne.

Raymonda graduated from E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg, VA and later chose the path of providing customer service in the food industry. During this time, she never met a stranger. Raymonda met many coworkers who grew to be close friends and family.

Life took a shift for our dear Raymonda, and after dealing with addiction, she made strides to turning her life around by relocating to Raleigh, NC. There is where “Ray Ray” made a home away from home with her daughter, Shannan. Raymonda found many friends who grew as family on her path of healing.

Raymonda was a fighter and exuded determination. This came as a blessing when faced with medical challenges requiring weekly dialysis. She never gave up!!!! She prayed for a kidney and never doubted. Her relationship with God increased her positivity and no matter what she was faced with daily, she found her own special way to spread love to others. Whether it was a Bible verse, morning inspiration, or a smile she shared through her photos. Raymonda’s family continued to grow and form a bigger family on her spiritual and healing journey.

Whether you met her as “Ray Ray” from Birchwood or Raymonda of Raleigh, her presence and impact was amazing and will forever be memorable to her close friends and her dear family.

Family… Raymonda loved and adored her family so much. She leaves to cherish her memory: her loving, supportive, and nurturing mother Charlene Payne Pannell, her baby sister Monique  and Brother-in-law Marcus Reid Sr.who always had her back and loved her unconditionally. Raymonda’s love for her nieces and nephews, Montreal, Faith Guedo, and Hope was undeniable. Each visit came with fun and excitement for the kids and will be missed dearly. Raymonda’s memory will also live on through her dear and closet Best friend, Sister, Cousin  Amanda LaPrade.”Ray Ray” has a host of suppoertive and loving friends. She made them a priority in her life. They will forever remember and carry on the youth, life, and adventures of “Ray Ray”.

Raymonda was joined on her journey to Heaven by her beautiful daughter, Shannan.

Shannan Ogletha Payne was born on August 5, 1989 to the late Raymonda Lanae Payne and father Manfred Jay Hamm. Shannan, in addition to her maternal Payne family, she is preceded in death, of her paternal side, Grandmother Bethina R. Hamm, Grandfather Eugene S. Hamm, and sister Dahkiya Benson. Shannan leaves behind to cherish her memory, her baby cousins Martrell, Faith, Guedo and Hope, her Uncle Roger Hamm, her sister, whom she had a special relationship with, Stephanie S. Austin, brother Lucas Dillard, and Best friend whom was also her Stepsister, Khrsity Thomas.

Shannan, our sweet “Shae Baby” gone too soon, was so much fun to be around. From her infectious laugh to her sassy and fun loving vibe, she was amazing. Shannan’s young and vibrant personality spread amongst her family especially her cousins. Shannan and her cousins were like best friends especially Faith, Maine, and Winkie. All of them together always developed into a room filled with laughter, cracking jokes, dancing, and love!!!! Cousins are like your siblings and with them all, they carried a family vibe we all desired.

Shannan admired her Aunt Monique, who also played the role of big sister, mother, and friend throughout her life, but not as much as her Auntie admired her. She watched her grow up to the woman she became and always felt obligated and blessed to make sure she was taken care of and safe. Auntie will forever miss her Shae Baby, her first experience in being a future mom.

Shannan also found herself in the NC female biker group, SGO, So Glamours Ones and loved her sisters of the club. Shannan also was surrounded by wonderful friends she called her sisters and will forever carry her memory.


A celebration of their life will be held at Tharp Funeral Home Lynchburg on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 3:00 PM.

The family has requested in lieu of flowers please consider donating towards their funeral arrangements for Raymonda and Shannan.

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


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A celebration of their life will be held at Tharp Funeral Home Lynchburg on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 3:00 PM.

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On behalf of Oxford Houses of Wake County and the NC Oxford House Alumni Association we offer our sincere condolences. We loved Raymonda - Ray Ray and we shared many good times together. We are not there now because we are at our Annual Convention something that she never missed. Ray Ray we love 💕 you we miss you and we’ll see you on the other side!!! #oxfordstrong

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Posted by DIANNA M. LIPSCPMB on April 30, 2022

My heart is hurting right now… sister I love you so much. You was my sister, my best friend , best auntie to my boys. We going to miss you so much.. your smile light up the room. Never less your laugh the crazy things you used to say. Ray Ray, you was beautiful in and out.. thank you for everything you was second mom to me.. dancing in heaven you and my sister …

Posted by Stephanie Austin on April 29, 2022

My dear cousins, I know that both of your sweet sweet souls are now rejoicing with the Lord. You both will be missed and forever loved!! Our hearts are heavy but we can find comfort in the fact that God only loaned you both to us so we rest in that knowledge and thank him for the memories.

Posted by Kimberly SmithHarvey on April 29, 2022

RayRay was a delight to see when she visited . I can’t imagine her not showing up from time to time . My heart goes out to you and the family for your loss . I will be praying for the family’s strength and ask God to see you thru . The scripture says Earth has no sorrow,Heaven can’t heal . I ask God to do it for your family .

Posted by Sarita Harris/Clara Robey on April 28, 2022

On Behalf of my family as well as the late George and Hortense Colmore please accept our condolences and know that you are in our hearts and prayers. We realize that this a very trying time, but God has it all under his control. God will never leave you with more than you can bear. When you get lonely and need someone who understands what you are going through take Gods hand and ask him to bare this burden for you. Believe all things are possible with God. Clara Lea Colmore King(Leroy) Norfolk Va

Posted by Clara Colmore King(Leroy) on April 27, 2022

I just want you all to know that I love you and I'm praying for you with all of my heart. I remember growing up with Ray Ray and Shannon they were great people❤ You all are a close tight family and I just pray that you guys can reminisce on all the great memories that y'all had together. I know Ray Ray and Shannan are smiling down from heaven on all of y'all. If you need anything, know that I'm here for you, but above all else God is here for you too. Draw your strength from Him. I love you.

Posted by Stephanie C Mcdilda on April 27, 2022

I’m praying for the family and my heart goes out to each and every one of you I love you Shannan ❤️❤️❤️ May you and your mother rest peacefully

Posted by Shante’ Adams on April 26, 2022

We are so very sorry for your losses. May they Rest In Peace.

Posted by Marilyn & Ken Stuckey on April 26, 2022

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