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William Franklin Paye

July 7, 1937 July 24, 2009
William Franklin Paye
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Obituary for William Franklin Paye

On Friday, July 24, 2009, God in His infinite wisdom, saw fit to call our brother, cousin and friend home. Billy, as he was known, had endured a lengthy illness, and made his transition at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC.
Billy, the son of the late Frances Coby McRae, was born in Plum Point, Maryland on July 7, 1937. He was educated in the Public Schools of Calvert County. As a teenager, Billy had a paper route, delivering the Washington Post to patrons in the Plum Point area. He would transport the newspapers in a little wooden wagon, sometimes attaching the wagon to his bike. While in high school, Billy was known as somewhat of a jokester but he also cultivated his gift of creative writing. One of his poems was featured in his yearbook. He graduated from William Sampson Brooks High School, and eventually moved to Washington, DC in his early twenties.
Billy loved gospel music and was known to sometimes travel to southern states to attend gospel shows. A favorite pastime of his was playing horseshoes. He also enjoyed playing the guitar, listening to music, and singing - using any gadget as a microphone.
Over the years, Billy was employed at the FBI as a cook; this is where he met his long-time companion Marvelene Dimples Simpkins. He also worked as a parking lot attendant at the Washington Hospital Center, until his health began to deteriorate.
Billy was preceded in death by his mother and Marvelene. He leaves to cherish his memory two brothers, Andrew and Michael McRae (Yvonne); two sisters, Helen Ferguson and Rita Lewis; an aunt, Audrey Mackall; an uncle, Robert Coby; a special cousin, Cindy Jones; and a host of other cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.


Cemetery:

Interment is private

Visitation:

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Sewell Funeral Home 1451 Dares Beach Road Prince Frederick, MD 20678 on Tuesday, August 4, 2009 (map/driving directions)

Service:

11:00 AM at Sewell Funeral Home 1451 Dares Beach Road Prince Frederick, MD 20678 on Tuesday, August 4, 2009 (map/driving directions)

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