Cheryl Payne

Cheryl Payne (Roby)

Friday, July 2nd, 1948 - Sunday, May 30th, 2021
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Margaret Cheryl Roby Payne died peacefully in her sleep Sunday morning at her home in Lizella, Ga., surrounded by her family. She was 72.

Born Margaret Cheryl Roby in Macon, Ga. on July 2, 1948, she was the second and youngest daughter of Margaret Elizabeth Douglas, of Columbia, Ala., and Robert Gilbert Roby, of Portage, Penn. She was the stepdaughter of Joshua Forrest Campbell, of Perulack, Penn. She grew up on Pine Street, Sherbrooke Court and Vineville Ave. in Macon. She attended A.L. Miller High School for Girls, and was a 1966 graduate of Dudley M. Hughes High School. While still in high school, she married Ira Stanley Brown, of Macon, with whom she had Andrew Douglas Brown and Amy Lynn Brown. She was later married to Ralph Payne, Jr., of Knoxville, Tenn., with whom she had Amanda Nicole Payne and was the stepmother to James Andrew Payne, Michael Sean Payne and Mark Alan Payne.

Known for her athleticism, Cheryl took up tennis and jogging in her early 30s and golf when she was nearly 40. She and Ralph were members of River North Country Club, where she was named most improved golfer in 1986 and 1987. Cheryl scored a hole-in-one in October, 1995, a second one that November and a double-eagle the same year, cementing her reputation as one of the best female golfers in the club’s history.

Cheryl is survived by her daughters Mandy Poff and Amy Craig, son Drew, stepson Mark, and their respective spouses, Steve, Jeff, Tram and Michelle. She is also survived by her grandson Cody Johnson, granddaughters Elizabeth Zinszer, Caroline Zinszer, Logan Oller, Maddie Poff, grandson Mason Poff and step-grandchildren Kyle and Tyler Payne, Jessica and Ryan Payne and
Garrett and Kaylee Payne and several great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements will be private, and the family and has asked that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in lieu of flowers.
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