Sharon Walker Payne, 72, of Chattanooga, was met at Heaven's gate by her Lord and Savior and her son Jason Walker Downer on January 14, 2018. She was a loving mother, wife, sister, grandmother and friend to many. She enjoyed writing, painting, gardening and spending time with her family. She had a very creative mind and a love for beautiful things. She approached every battle with strength, determination and a very positive outlook, even on the most stormy days. She blessed us with a beautiful smile and a selfless loving heart.
She was a 1961 graduate of Central High School. She was co-owner of Outdoor Ventures LTD, which managed recreation on Tellico Reserve for state and federal agencies.
She was proceeded in death by her youngest son, Jason Walker Downer; mother, Orene (Renee) Walker; father, Ewing Davis Walker; and sister Vicki Walker Coverdale.
She is survived by her husband, Charles Steven Payne; son, Jeffrey Jackson (Christine) Downer; daughter, Lisa Downer (Michael) Murphy; sisters, Linda Walker (Brad) Davis and Alice Faye Walker (Butch) Crowther; step-son, Skip (Briana) Payne; step-daughter, Stephanie (Shane) Painter; and several grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
A special thanks to Morgan Rice of Hospice of Chattanooga for his loving care for our mother and constant support for our family.
Family will receive friends Wednesday, Jan. 17 from 4-8 p.m. at Ryan Funeral Home in Trenton.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Sharon Walker Payne Memorial Fund at Citizens Bank, 12255 S. Main Street, Trenton.