Haven Leigh Payne

Tuesday, September 9, 1986 - Thursday, May 14, 2020

Loved So Dearly

Photo of Haven Leigh Payne  - 1986-2020

Canton-  Haven  Leigh Payne, age 33, sadly and tragically lost her life in Clay County, North Carolina on Thursday, May 14, 2020.

To everything there is a SEASON and a time to every purpose under Heaven…..

Haven was born in the SUMMER season, September 9, 1986 and was a blessing to her family each and every day of her life.  She was a beautiful, kind, and caring child who loved her family with all of her heart.  Haven was very athletic and began playing fastpitch softball with the Canton Little League at the age of 8 years old. She enjoyed having fun and her laughter and joy always filled the Payne home with happiness. Haven was a dearly loved little girl.

As the FALL season of her life approached Haven grew into a lovely young lady. She attended Pisgah High School where she had many friends, enjoyed playing on the PHS fastpitch softball team for 4 years, played travel ball and received numerous awards and recognitions for her athletic ability.  Haven was a proud member of the 2004 graduating class of Pisgah High School and chose to continue her education at Montreat College in Black Mountain.  Her devotion to sports continued as she played 4 years of softball while a student at Montreat.  Haven proudly received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business with concentrations in Management and Sports Management.  Upon her graduation in 2008 from Montreat College, Haven became employed as the Administrative Assistant of Athletics at Montreat and was also the assistant softball coach for three years at the college.

The WINTER season of her life was filled with an abundance of blessings.  She became employed with Silver Bluff Village in 2014 where she began working as a receptionist and later became the Accounts  Receivable  Representative and Insurance Specialist for the nursing facility. With her strong athletic background she also worked at Urban Athletic Training Center in Canton as a training coach and instructor since 2019.  Becoming a mother was the most wonderful thing in Haven’s life. Her greatest love was her daughter, Emma Jean, and in Haven’s own words, “She has been my world since the moment she was born.”   

The SPRING season of life her life brings a time when our hearts are broken and we feel a great emptiness without Haven.   Help us to remember how she enjoyed life, her endless appetite for tacos and chocolate, and her dedication to her job and spending time at the gym.  Most importantly, let us remember her immeasurable love for her daughter, her family, and her friends.  Haven brought great joy to all of us and we shall miss her deeply. Her precious memory will never leave our hearts.  

Haven was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Grace Medlin, and her paternal grandparents, Betty and Sherman Payne.

Surviving are her parents, David Payne and Djuana Jean Medlin Payne; her precious daughter, Emma Jean Reece;  a sister, Kelly Ledford and her husband, Travis; a niece, Oaklyn Ledford and a nephew, Jack Ledford all of Canton; also several aunts, uncles and cousins.

We honor Haven with our love and wonderful memories. No formal services are planned at this time.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Payne family.

Condolences from family and friends

I am so sorry to hear about her passing. She was such a great person inside and out. I worked with her at silver bluff and she was always helpful and happy. God bless and prayers sent.
Joe kinney
gonna miss her .she was a great person to work with . Prayers for family during this time
Doris stamey
David I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I can't even begin to imagine what you and your wife are going through.
Becky Payne Cooley
We are very sorry for your loss. We are praying for your family.
David and Teresa Burnette
I Am so sorry for your loss she was a sweet lady prayers for the family
Brenda owenby
So sorry for your loss. I worked with Haven at Silverbluff and she will be truly missed by the staff and residents.
Renee Bridges
I am so sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of spending days watching Haven pitch. I am praying for your family during this difficult time.
Dinese Chavez
I’m so sorry,Thoughts and Prayers going out to the Family
Margaret Woody
I'm so sorry for your loss! Lifting you all up for as much comfort as possible! We are part of the Meadowbrook family and will gladly help in anyway we can support her daughter!
Norris Family
I know heaven very well
William Jones
My husband has resided at Silver Bluff for almost 4 years, and Haven was a ray of sunshine. Her smiling face will be greatly missed. Sincerely, Karen Chambers
Karen Chambers
We are saddened beyond measure to hear about Haven. She was special young lady, who always had a smile on her face. She will be missed by her many friends. We are praying for her family and friends during this time of grief.
Mike and Sherry Vogel
We are so very sorry for your dear families loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Lisa Devlin Patten and Laura Devlin
I'm so sorry for your loss. She will be missed by many.
Julia Wilkinson
I am saddened by the loss of my Silver Bluff co-worker Haven. Will be praying for her family and her beautiful daughter Emma.
Lisa Allen
Our family is so sorry for your loss. We always loved watching her play softball. Your family is in our prayers.
Renee Scott
I met Haven at Silver Bluff when my mother was a resident. She was always so friendly, kind and helpful. My mother love her and loved visiting with Emma when she was there with Haven. I am so very sorry for your loss and will keep your family in my prayers.
Jean Johnson Stahl
I'm so sorry for your loss. This was so hard to hear and accept when we all first got word she was such a beautiful and sweet young lady inside and out truly motivated at everything and always put her daughter first was wonderful to have known her for a long time. My prayers are with you all!
Mary Gibson
I am so sorry for your loss she will be missed
Joshua Mashburn
Haven was a sweet young lady and always had a sweet smile, both my girls went to school with her and played softball with we are all broken hearted about her passing our prayers go out to her daughter and all the family.
Mary Birchfield
My parents moved in to Silver Bluff last summer and Haven was very helpful and kind assisting with all the financial paperwork. My heart breaks for her coworkers and family, especially her young daughter. Prayers for all.
Melinda Grady
My parents moved in to Silver Bluff last summer and Haven was very helpful and kind assisting with all the financial paperwork. My heart breaks for her coworkers and family, especially her young daughter. Prayers for all.
Melinda Grady
We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you.
Dewayne & Lisa Mann
To David, Djuana, Kelly....and Emma, our hearts go out to you.
María and Ed Lima
I am so very deeply sorry for your family . God be with you all. Praying for your comfort.
Tina Rollins
David I am so sorry for your loss. Please know heaven is rejoicing for their new angel. You and the family are in my prayers
Debbie Stamey Murphy
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Brian Clark
Dear Maw, David, and precious Emma, I love you all and find it so hard to find the words to express the heartache I feel. I hold the most happy and fun times when I think of Haven. She was a jewel on Earth and shines brightly in Heaven. I’m here if any of you need comfort or need a shoulder. You have my prayers and may have my time to help with Emma. Always in All Ways, Lee
Lee Hardin
I'm so sorry for your loss, prayers for you and your family..
Tanya Smith
Going to miss her smile and her giving spirit at work. Her smile lite up every where she went
Lisa Trull
I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. To this day, when I think of Haven it brings a smile to my face. Haven was so accepting of me, and I always knew when we played against one another in softball, regardless of the outcome I’d get a smile and hug from a wonderful friend. You and your family are in the Harris family’s prayers. She was such a special person.
Shannon Harris Hopper
So sorry for your loss Haven was a very bright beautiful awesome person she touched many peoples lives with her smile and her kind words I will miss her dearly Fly high my beautiful angel we will all meet together again one day prayers for the family
Carolyn hill
Haven was my happy place person at Silver Bluff. She always went the extra mile with such a pleasant smile. We will miss her laughter, sweet ways and the special times she gave all of us. Such a loss for her family and Emma. So seldom does a person come into our lives and bring so much love and caring for strangers.
Rosa Bevis
I am so sorry for your loss. She was such an amazing sweet person. She will never be forgotten. Prayers for y'all an that sweet baby of hers. Love the Clark family.
Danica Clark
David I am so sorry to hear this. I can't imagine what you and you wife are going through. If I can do anything please let me know. You and family are in my prayers and I know God has welcomed a beautiful angel.
Debbie Stamey Murphy
I’m sorry for your loss and am praying for your family.
Ally Cochran
So sorry for your loss. She was such a great person and had a huge heart.
Calvin Wilson
Djuana, David and Emma there are no words to describe the grief and heartbreak we feel for your precious family. May God comfort you in this difficult time.
James and Darla Henderson
So sorry for your loss. Praying for Emma and the family.
Christa Suttles
David I'm so sorry. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers
Karen Willis Thomas
We are so very sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Bobby and Lynette Moore
I knew Haven through Silver Bluff. She was one of the sweetest people I have had the pleasure of meeting. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time
Tammy Shipman
So very sorry for your loss, she was so nice and sweet always helpful
Rhonda Thomason
You are in our thoughts and prayers. Ariana has attended school with Emma since prek and it was obvious to everyone Emma was her mommy's whole world. Praying for comfort in this difficult time.
Regan Rhinehart and Ariana Medford.
My deepest sympathy to all of the family. We can not know the why such a tragedy as this happens, but I hope knowing so many people truly care and are praying for you will ease your pain. God bless always
Juanita Dixon
She was such a light to everyone around her. I will never forget her laugh, her smile, her genuine spirit, and her constant encouragement. She made the world a better place, was so loved and will be greatly missed.
Erin Wells
Payne family, I have so many fond memories of Haven. I honestly don’t know what I would have done without her in college. She was always there to dance, be goofy and an ear for me to talk to. She was a beautiful person inside and out, I was truly blessed to have spent that time with her. She will be greatly missed. Sending prayers to all of you and especially Emma. Much love.
Kerby Placak
I remember playing softball on Carolina Lightening with Haven. She was so kind. I remember when she broke her leg, well all kneeled while waiting on EMS. It started raining and someone said even the angels are crying. Can you imagine the rejoicing in Heaven? Praying for the family through this time.
Samantha Clark Crawford
I was saddened by the news but thankful to have had the privilege of saying she was a friend! Many memories and laughs were made with her. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Diane Nelson
My prayers are with Havens family. I will miss seeing her sweet smile. I'm going to miss seeing her at silver bluff.
Danielle Mathis