LEBANON -- Funeral services were held Wednesday morning, Jan. 12 at Partlow Funeral Chapel for Mr. Payer, 88, of Lebanon.
A resident of Lebanon for over 45 years and the Circulation Manager for the Lebanon Democrat and retired from the Nashville Banner/ Tennessean in 1987, he died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, at University Medical Center following a brief illness.
Mr. Payer was a World War II U.S. Army Veteran and saw service throughout Europe. He was a member of St. Francis Cabrini Catholic church and was perhaps best known as "The Woodcrafter" for his Whirly Gigs and wooden yard figures he displayed just off Lebanon's Public Square.
Services were conducted by Brother Stan Edwards. Interment followed at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: children William (Veronica) Payer of Birmingham, AL; Jim (Rose) Payer and Rick Payer -- all of Lebanon and Diane (Richard) Knight of Cookeville.
Also surviving: niece Josephine Vogel of Lebanon, sister Pat Frederick of Irwin, PA; grandchildren Jennie, Ricky and Jimmy Knight of Cookeville, Elyssa (Todd) Melvin of Columbus, OH and Zach (Sharon) Payer of Charleston, SC; great-grandchildren Jessica, Mattea, Willow, and Matthew.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of over 45 years, Sophia Payer, a brother Alexander Payer, and a sister Pauline Jagnich.
Grandsons and family served as pallbearers.
Partlow Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.