06 December 2012
The Roanoke Times

As a young boy in a deeply segregated South, Osborne Payne earned his spending money by shining other people's shoes.

He got back on his knees each night before bed.

"Oh, Lord, may you make something out of my life," he'd pray.

And whether it was by grace, luck or personal passion — or perhaps a mixture of all three — he did.

Payne, a son of Roanoke who went on to become an entrepreneur, philanthropist and father, died Nov. 27 of Alzheimer's disease at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Columbia, Md.

He was 87.

The winds of good fortune sent him across the Southeast United States and halfway around the globe, where a passion for progress helped him help others.

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