George Edward (Eddie) Payne

Mrs. George (Pat) Payne (wife)
Alisa Neave (daughter)
David Payne (son)

Bruce Payne (son)

Betsy Blackstock (sister)
Joe Payne (brother)
Robert T. (Phil) Payne (brother)(deceased)

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Eddie loved football and was excited about my playing although he never got to see me play. He was always overseas. Here is what he had to say regarding Football Comes to Claiborne County

PAYNE, GEORGE EDWARD - 67, Son of the late Al and Betty Payne, Tazewell, Tennessee. George Payne, loving husband and father, bodyguard for Lt. John Glenn and Robert McNamara died Wednesday, August 16, 2000 in Tucson, Ariz. George grew up in Tazewell, Tenn. and is survived by his wife, Patricia; daughter, Alisa (Arnold) Neave; sons, David (Nancy) and Bruce; sister, Betsy Blackstock; brother, Phil and Joe; and grandchildren, Anthony, Brandon and Sara. Christen Diego Neave was added in 2003 and Sean Javier Neave in 2007.
George was an alumnus of Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, Tenn. He served his country with honor during a long career in law enforcement with the federal government. This included service with the US Army in Germany; as a police officer in Washington, D.C.; and as an agent for the Federal Bureau of Narcotics. For 21 years he worked for the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer, Diplomatic Security, serving overseas with his family in Africa, Europe, and Asia. Retiring from the State Department in 1983. He was a member of the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee and served as coordinator for Security for the Western

George E. Payne Memorial Service
Arlington National Cemetery
Sept. 15, 2000 coupled with another video I made Sept. 9, 2002.
. Following that he took an appointment with the State Department to provide administrative support at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Marana, Arizona. His most recent position was as a Special Agent Investigator. During his time at Marana he trained airport security officers from all over the world. He continued working under contract with the USIA and USAID up until his death.
During the America's Cup, 1986 in Gage Road, Perth, Western Australia his company, Intersect, was interrupted because of espionage at the US Embassy, Moscow. George's partner, Marvin T Doig being called to Russia to take the place of the Embassy RSO (Regional Security Officer) there. Agent Doig was still on contract with the State Department. Sgt. Clayton Lonetree was the first Marine ever to be convicted of espionage.
George was asked to go to Almaty, Kazakhstan late in 1991 to set up security for the American Embassy there and his brother Joe copied films of the Tennessee and Alabama football games and mailed to him. The building contractor from Atlanta and George enjoyed the game on New Year's Day 1992.
George was an active member of his church and was a past President of the Foreign Service Retirees Association of Southern Ariz. He was also a member of the Tucson British Car Register His car was Pat P's named for his wife Patricia.
Eddie was buried September 15, 2000 in Arlington National Cemetery, facing the Pentagon. His eulogy was delivered by the then Director of Diplomatic Security, Peter Bergin.

Many who didn't know my brother may not know his love of animals. My first dog's name was Pogo and was named by my brother when I was about three years old. Pogo traveled with us for about three years until he was sadly hit by a speeding car in front of our apartment. Pogo was named for the cartoon below, which was a favorite of my brother and became my favorite in the years to come.

I quit reading the Sunday Comics soon after they took Gene Ahern's comic, Major Amos. B. Hoople, "Our Boarding House" staring Major Amos B. Hoople out of them. Along with Major Hoople went my favorite weather cartoon "Pogo" staring Albert Alligator and Pogo Possum, in the Okefenokee Swamp in Florida. I enjoyed that so much as a very young guy that I named my first dog Pogo. Just like most things that go on in this country now, someone needs to make a law against it. I wouldn't doubt if there wasn't some large lobby group behind taking that comic out of our Sunday paper. I carved a marble slab for Pogo, my dog, in 1955 when he died just after returning from a trip through Florida with my brother, mother and sister, and have carried it with me through my life. It now resides beside myself and my wife's house in New Tazewell. Once Dr Owl in a Pogo cartoon explained: "The natural born reason we didn't git no yew-ranium when we crosses the li'l yew tree and the gee-ranium is on account of cause we didn't have no geiger counter".
And this is even heavier
What ever happened to Pal Peanut Butter?

Last evening I returned home from work to a great surprise. Through the years I had hoped that someone would notice my eulogy to my brother and finally someone did. I received the following email and am going to publish it below his obituary. Thank you Lloyd Hickman Chief Supt RCMP retired.

From:Lloyd Hickman
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2008 9:18 am
Mr. Payne

I was surfing the net when I came across In Memory of George Payne. I spent nearly 40 years in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police many of those years in VIP Protection. I worked with George when he was stationed at the Embassy in Ottawa and I remember he and Pat with fondness. I also remember the great social events they hosted at there home.
I cross paths a few times after George had left Ottawa and I remember how proud he was of the people he trained and how they performed against the Invasion of Kuwait.
I retired from the RCMP in 2002 right after the G-8 Summit in Canada were I was in charge of the overall Security.
When I saw the notice of his un timely death I felt I should send you a note. I was very fond of George and he was a true professional in the area of protection and he was a good friend of the RCMPolice.
Lloyd Hickman Chief Supt RCMP retired

Most recently Chief Supt Hickman became involved in testimony regarding a 1985 Air India bombing where Flight 182 exploded over the west coast of Ireland.
  • May 6, 2007
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  • December 06, 2007
  • Regarding the above reference to agents that my brother George had trained I found the following:
    Barbara Bodine, Career Diplomat

    A career diplomat who has seen as much action as a battle-worn general, Bodine was the U.S. ambassador to Kuwait for 137 days, including during the Gulf War. She served as the deputy principal officer in Baghdad during the Iran-Iraq War in the early 1980s and was deputy chief of the U.S. mission in Kuwait during the Iraqi invasion of the country in 1990. Context of "August 2-4, 1990: Iraq Overruns Kuwait"

    During Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, she was held hostage at the U.S. Embassy for four months, where she and the other hostages lived on a diet of swimming pool water and tuna fish a food that she will not touch to this day. She was awarded the Secretary of State's Award for Valor for her work in occupied Kuwait.

    This was what my brother knew how to do, especially in hostage situations.

    Two of George's best DS Buddies

    I recently came across the Office of Diplomatic Security Historical Picture pages on the U.S. State Department site.

    November 25, 1963: Thirteen Office of Security Special Agents supplement the protective detail for nearly 50 international leaders marching through the streets of Washington, DC, in the funeral procession for the late President John F. Kennedy. SY Agents are: Keith Lynch; Harry Dovenoge; Bert Bennington; Frank Tully [PRS]; Bill Little; Fred Padley [L.A.F.O.]; Louis Kachulis [D.C.F.O.]; John Bacom [Chicago F.O.]; Frank Headley [Investigations]; Robert Cronin (D.C. F.O.]; Joseph McNulty; Bill DeCourcy [PRS]; and Herb Lampe. (Source: DS Records)


    Favorite Simon and Gar-funcle Song

    The Betty and Al Song