Merle Payne Vaught

July 20, 1925 - May 26, 2009
Merle Payne Vaught


Merle Payne Vaught, age 83, of Charlotte, NC died Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at Liberty Commons Nursing Center, Wilmington, NC, after a brief illness.

Merle was born in Philadelphia, MS on July 20, 1925, the daughter of the late Hubert and Lyda Payne. She was retired from White Heavy Haulers as a bookkeeper. She was pre-deceased by her sister, Kay Hull.

Surviving are a daughter and her husband, Nancy and Brett Perez of Wilmington, grandson Jason Carter of Wilmington, and her brother and sister-in-law, Kent and Elva Kay Payne of Starkville, MS. She is also survived by two nephews, Greg Payne of Starkville, MS and Steve Hull of Jackson, MS.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 30 at Wilmington Burial and and Cremation Service. The Reverend Etta Breit will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Genesis Donor Program, 44 S. Cleveland, Memphis, TN 38104.

Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service, 1535 S. 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099


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  • May 28, 2009
    Vanessa Ellis says:
    The Bible’s clear teachings remove confusion about what happens to the dead. The Scriptures plainly state that death is “the last enemy” that will be destroyed. (1 Corinthians 15:26) What strength and comfort we can draw from knowledge of the resurrection hope! And how glad we can be that our dead loved ones who are in God’s memory will awaken from the sleep of death to enjoy all the good things he has in store for those who love him! (Psalm 145:16) Such blessings will be accomplished through God’s Kingdom.

  • May 27, 2009
    Nancy says:
    Bye Mama. I miss you and love you very much.

  • May 28, 2009
    Dee Adereth says:
    Nancy, Although we haven't met personally, my sister and I knew your mother from Charlotte Square. She was our mother's roommate. Merle was a nice lady and we enjoyed talking to her when we visited our mom. Katherine and I wanted you to know that we are thinking of you and you have our deepest sympathy. Dee Adereth Katherine Stinson (daughters of Linda Lemmond)

  • May 28, 2009
    Melissa Yarborough says:
    Nancy, we are so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She was always so nice to us when we were together. I wish we could be at the service for you. You're in our hearts at this sad time. With love, Lissa and Pete

  • May 28, 2009
    Lisa Nolan Healey says:
    Nancy, I am so sorry to hear about your mom. It's been years but I remember how sweet and kind she always was. Even over the miles you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Love and miss you.