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“I was very sorry to read of Laura's passing. She and my mother were roommates at Port Orange Nursing and Rehab recently. My sincere condolences to Mr...Read More »
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“Will miss you dear Laura ----always enjoyed our times together and seeing you improve and return home to Ed. May the angels' wings be wrapped around...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Cyndi Pitzer - friend/therapist

“To Ed: Laura and I became close during her many visits and stays at Port Orange Rehab over the past yrs. I grew to love her and was in awe of her...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Cyndi Pitzer - Port Orange, FL

“Ed, Eddie, and Jeff, I am so sorry to hear about Ethel, I would have came to the funeral but I just found the obituary on the internet, and realized...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: Rick Ward - Bristol, TN - friend

“To the Payne Family, You are in my thoughts and my prayers. Tabi ”
5 of 5 | Posted by: Tab Proudfoot - Land O Lakes, FL

Port Orange, FL

Laura Ethel Bishop Payne, 71, went to her heavenly home on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 in Edgewater, FL.

She was born on May 24, 1941 in Jasper, VA to the late Emit and Alice (Jones) Bishop. She was a very loving mother, sister and friend.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Girstle Bishop & Gaynes Bishop and two sisters, Hazel Edens & Elizabeth Smith.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years Edward Payne, of the home; two children, Edward Payne Jr. of Laurel MD, and Jeff Payne of Tampa FL; four grandchildren; four great grandchildren; three brothers, Billy Bishop of Highland, MD, Edward Bishop of Mt. Airy, MD, and Bobby Bishop of Big Stone Gap, VA; two sisters, Della Frazier of Middletown, OH, Patsy Hostler of South Daytona, FL; and also survived by several nieces and nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. on Tuesday (Dec. 4, 2012) at Holding Funeral Home (17 E. 3rd St., N.) in Big Stone Gap, VA.

The funeral service will follow in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Wayne Thomas officiating.

Committal services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the Bishop Family Cemetery in Jasper, VA. The family and friends will meet at the cemetery by 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday.

An online guest registry is available for the Payne/Bishop family at

Holding Funeral Home is honored to serve the Payne/Bishop family.

Funeral Home
Holding Funeral Home
17 E 3rd St N Big Stone Gap, VA 24219
Tel. (276) 523-1470