Simon Atana Payne, 80, a lifelong resident of Fairfax who worked as a houseman and chauffeur there until his retirement in 1972, died of cancer Saturday at Commonwealth Doctors Hospital.
Mr.Payne was involved in community and church activities most of his life and was one of the first blacks to serve on a fairfax County grand jury.
During the 1903s, in addition to his regular job, he drove a bus to transport black children to and from the Manassas Regional High school, then that area's only high school for blacks.
Mr.Payne would leave his home at 4:30 a.m. each school day, pick up children from black communities in Gum Springs, Falls Church, Centreville and Fairfax, and drop them off at the high school. He then would work his regular job, returning to Manassas after work to take the students back home.
The son of a minister, Mr.Payne had been a member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Fairfax since 1925. Since 1930, he ahad served as chairman of the board at the church. He also was a member of the church choir and had served as superintendent of the Sunday school.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, the former Virginia Conic, of the home; six children, William L., and Carrie Allen, both of Falls Church; Thomas R., and Nettie P.Smith, both of Fairfax; Harol L., of Gunston, Va., and Lynwood C., also of the home; 42 grandchildren, and 28 great-grandchildren. CAPTION: Picture, S. ATANA PAYNE