Duane and Virginia Payne: A Vital Part of the DBU Family
If you asked Duane or Virginia Payne about Dallas Baptist University, they would smile and say that they love DBU, the students, the faculty, the staff and the administration. And because of their love, the Paynes have done their best to support DBU with special financial gifts and also through their estate planning.
"Dallas Baptist University is my favorite university," Duane explained.
However, neither Duane nor Virginia are DBU alumni. Neither has ever attended a class at DBU or its predecessor Decatur Baptist College. Neither had any connection with the University—until a chance encounter at their Fort Worth church.
A native of Mayfield, Texas, Duane served in the Army Air Corp during World War II prior to moving to the Texas Gulf Coast near the town of Freeport.
There, through the help of his brother, he met a beautiful young lady named Virginia. The two attended the same church, and both sang in the choir, and within a short period of time, they began dating and were married. They were married for over 73 years.
A Chance Connection
Duane and Virginia soon left Freeport in order for Duane to attend college. After serving as a music director at various churches, he entered the public school arena as a music educator and choir director, and he and Virginia joined Travis Avenue Baptist Church, where they met Col. Clayton Day.
After a distinguished career in the military, Col. Day accepted a role as a development officer at what was then Dallas Baptist College. Col. Day never met a stranger, and to this day the Paynes remember what a wonderful man of God he was, as well as his sweet wife, Maxine Day.
Knowing Duane's musical talents, Col. Day connected with him and invited his choirs to come out to the DBU campus.
"If it hadn't been for him," Duane says, "we wouldn't have known about DBU."
Since that connection, the Paynes became a part of the University family and encouraged others to become involved with DBU as well. They recruited students for DBU and even helped to personally pay for student tuition. They did this because of a love of and trust in the school.
"DBU puts Christianity at the top of the list of what they want to do," Duane explains. "They want everybody that comes in there, and has anything to do with the school, to be a good Christian."
Because of this love for DBU, the Paynes decided to become members of the DBU Legacy Society, a group of individuals who have included DBU in their estate planning.
They both passed away in 2018, but thanks to the commitment that the Paynes have shown to the Lord, their love for DBU, and the work of individuals like Clayton Day, students for generations to come will have the opportunity to become servant leaders for Christ in whatever field to which God may call them.
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