Joe Paine

Published 12:00 am Friday, May 21, 2010

NATCHEZ — Services for Joe Paine, 89, a longtime Natchez businessman, who died Sunday, May 16, 2010, in Denham Springs, La., will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Laird Funeral Home Union Street Chapel with Travis Carpenter and Chris Klingenfus officiating.

Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Laird Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home.

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Mr. Paine was born March 13, 1921, in Vicksburg, the son of Thomas Richard and Deborah Godwin Paine. He was the youngest of 13 children.

Mr. Paine was a World War II veteran and served his country in the U.S. Navy. He came to Natchez in 1945, after the war ended. After marrying, he bought a building on Commerce Street to operate his business, which he owned up to his death. He was known as the Maytag man. A number of people will remember the hard working man, in the gray uniform who came to their house even after business hours. He and his wife, Jean Neal Paine, ran the business on Commerce Street together. He was the salesman-repairman and she kept the books and kept him straight.

Joe had a good life that included good friends, close family ties and extensive travel. A number of those friends have preceded him in death. He loved animals; loved to write about topics he was passionate about; and was the happiest when he had a major project to work on.

Survivors include his wife of a number of years; one child, Deborah Paine Carpenter and husband, Don, of Denham Springs; two grandchildren, Travis Michael Carpenter and wife, Elizabeth, of Hattiesburg and Melanie Brooke Carpenter of Pensacola, Fla.; he was blessed to have one great-grandson, Caleb; and one great-granddaughter, Audrey, who will be born in August.

Online condolences may be sent to www.lairdfh.com.