Blake Allen Payne, 29, passed away July 20, 2019 in a tragic automobile accident alongside his fiancé, Alexa Montez. He was born March 20, 1990 in Victoria, Texas, to Ronnie and Becky Payne. Blake played baseball for Memorial High School in Victoria, and graduated in 2008. He was awarded a baseball scholarship and played for Seminole State College for two years, and then continued playing on scholarship for the University of Central Arkansas. Blake also played on the inaugural Victoria Generals team for two years. He graduated with a BBA in Accounting in 2013 and shortly after earned the title of Certified Public Accountant. After graduation, he went to work for Landmark PLC in Little Rock. He was an Audit Manager and had worked with the firm for six years. He loved sports, especially the Boston Red Sox. Blake's favorite times were spent with family and friends. Blake was engaged to the love of his life, Alexa, and they were to be married on December 14, 2019. Survivors include his parents, Ronnie and Becky Kalinowski Payne of Victoria; his brother, Colin Payne of Fort Worth; his grandmother, Jean Ann Payne of Victoria and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by quintuplet siblings, Clayton Robert, Thomas Harrison, Philip Martyn, Ronnie Lee Jr. and Grace Aleen Payne; and his grandparents, Lee Payne, Robert (Bob) and Grace Aleen Scherer Kalinowski. A joint memorial service celebrating Blake and Alexa's lives will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 27, 2019 at St. Andrew's Anglican Church in Little Rock, under the direction of Roller-Chenal Funeral Home. Services and burial will follow on Monday and Tuesday, July 29-30, 2019, in Victoria, Texas under the direction of Rosewood Funeral Chapels. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Online guestbook: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/chenal.
Published July 26, 2019