Celebrating Mother Payne: North Richmond church remembers a matriarch

Graddye Mae Payne, a longtime matriarch of North Richmond Missionary Baptist Church, went by many names in her 97 years: Mrs. Payne, Dr. G.M. Payne and Auntie Graddye among them. But even though she had no children, she was known to most simply as Mother Payne. Scores of church members and Payne’s loved ones came together Tuesday to remember a woman marked by wisdom, a passion for teaching, and getting … Continue reading Celebrating Mother Payne: North Richmond church remembers a matriarch