Derrick “Duke” Payne

July 17, 2023

Derrick “Duke” Allen Payne passed away peacefully on July 17, 2023 from complications associated with progressive systemic scleroderma. He was only 52. Born in Charlottesville, VA on August 10, 1970, Derrick was raised by his loving parents, Kenneth and Sheryl Payne, who instilled in him the importance of family, impeccable manners, kindness, and the beauty of nature. Derrick loved gardening, fishing, woodworking, music, anything outdoors, cooking, nature, and the University of Virginia. He loved his family deeply, and his greatest joy in life were his children and grandchildren. Derrick was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Lawman Payne.

Derrick is survived by the love of his life, Joy Ketron-Payne, his mother Sheryl Payne, brother Darrell Payne (Crystal), sister Angie Payne, best friend Mack Whitehead and brother in-law Randy Ketron. He is also survived by his greatest blessings in life, Amanda Taliaferro (Jordan), Aimee Payne (Chris Durant), Jacob Payne (Aspen Barker), and his precious grandchildren, Ellie and Maizie Taliaferro, his namesake, Duke Payne, Audrey Doss, his beloved dogs, Beau and Ellwood, as well as his little princess puppy, Charlotte, and many uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

To honor Derrick, please consider making a donation to the National Scleroderma Foundation at Also, please consider learning more about scleroderma and the signs and symptoms of this rare autoimmune disease. Many people, including Derrick, endure years of signs and symptoms of scleroderma that are attributed to other possible diseases before a correct diagnosis is determined. If you or someone you love has any signs or symptoms, please ask your healthcare provider if it could be scleroderma.The family would like to thank

Alison and Jeff Kessler for their unwavering support and assistance during the most difficult of times.

Services for Derrick will be held at Bucktrout Funeral Home on Tuesday, August 1, 2023, at 11:00 a.m., with burial immediately following at Williamsburg Memorial Park.

Funeral Service

Tuesday, August 1, 2023
11:00 AM

Bucktrout Funeral Home - Directions
4124 Ironbound Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188


Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Williamsburg Memorial Park - Directions
130 King William Drive
Williamsburg, VA 23188

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