We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Mountain Valley Funeral home
Jimmy John Landrum (Jay Payne) passed away peacefully at home in Burleson with his family by his side on Friday, January 14th, 2022 at the age of 54. Jay was born on August 31, 1967, in Dallas, Texas and lived for a short period in Irving. He and his family moved to Joshua where he spent most of his youth as he grew into adulthood. He attended Joshua schools and graduated from Joshua High School in 1986.
Jay was a devoted husband to his wife Wylene for almost 25 years. He is the doting father of two stepchildren, Travis Long of Lampasas, and Kendel Head of Big Spring and two children that he and Wylene share together, Emily Kay Landrum of Fort Worth, and Payte Landrum of Burleson. 6 grandchildren call him Grandpa with one grandchild, Nona Kay Gaston, who he called Sweet Pea, holding a special place in his heart.
Jay spent most of his adult life battling health challenges including asthma, leukemia, and renal failure. Over the last several years, he focused on spending quality time with his family despite being in and out of the hospital. The last few months took quite a toll on his body, and he just couldn’t fight anymore. In the end Jay was at peace knowing he was going to see the Lord and that he and his family would no long experience suffering.
Jay is survived by his parents, Robert E. Payne, Sr. (Rooster) and Melbia Kay Payne of Burleson, brother Robert E. Payne, Jr. (Robbie) of Burleson, brother Jerry Landrum, sisters Kaylea Johnson of Covington, Gibben Griffin of Crowley, Kim Landrum Bryce of Mansfield and numerous nieces and nephews and extended family.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents and his beautiful niece Cherish Franklin.
Jay enjoyed playing many sports but especially found happiness when playing a robust round of golf with his lifelong friends, Roman Lumdsen and Benny Bransom, his brother Robbie and brother-in-laws Lonnie Johnson and Andrew Griffin.
Jay loved God and his love for Jesus was never more evident than in his words to the nurses as he left the hospital to go home, “I’m going to see Jesus.”
Jay will be missed by many and will forever live on in our hearts.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022, in the Mountain Valley Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Hopewell Cemetery.
When Tomorrow Starts Without Me
When tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand, that an angel came and called my name, and took me by the hand; The angel said my place was ready, in Heaven far above, and that I’d have to leave behind all those I dearly love. But when I walked through Heaven’s gates, I felt so much at home, for God looked down, smiled at me, and told me “Welcome home.” So when tomorrow starts without me, don’t think we’re far apart, for every time you think of me, I’m right there in your heart.