Juanita Beasley Payne, 95, of Robbinsville, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, June 4, 2019.

She was a native of Jackson County. She lived in several states and in six different counties of North Carolina. She was the daughter of the late Fred and Minnie Guffey Beasley, and the wife of the late Rev. R. Earl Payne, who died Jan. 7, 1996.

She attended Western Carolina University and was a graduate of Southwestern Seminary in religious education and childhood education in Fort Worth, Texas.

She is survived by a daughter and her husband, Teresa Lynn and Russel W. Moody of Robbinsville; son, Robert Allen Payne, of Minneapolis, Minn.; two grandchildren, Victoria Lynn Moody and Koda Wayne Moody; sister, Amy Hoyle of Sylva; and many nieces and nephews also survive.

She was very active in all facets of the church for many years. She was a substitute teacher in Transylvania and Buncombe county schools. She also worked at Young Generations in Hendersonville for 13 years while living in Brevard.

Funeral services were held at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 6, 2019, in the chapel of Appalachian Funeral Services with the Rev. Charles Dean officiating.

The family received friends from 4 until 5 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

Committal services were private.