Franklin Thaddeus Payne, Jr. (F.T. and later Frank), 67, of Myrtle Beach, SC died peacefully in his sleep at his home on Monday, October 17, 2016. A memorial service in Virginia will be scheduled soon.
Frank was born on Sept. 12, 1949 in Leesburg, VA to Franklin T. Payne, Sr. and Louise (Hummer) Payne. He was raised in Aldie and graduated from Loudoun County High School. He attended the University of Virginia in Charlottesville where he studied English.
After college Frank began working for radio and television stations throughout south central Virginia in positions such as News Reporter, Anchor and Director. In 1977 Frank moved to Myrtle Beach where he took the position of News Bureau Chief for WWAY-TV out of Wilmington, NC. He was an on-air news reporter and began video production work, camera operation and news investigation and writing for network affiliate ABC.
Frank and a good friend co-founded Encore Video Productions in 1980 in Myrtle Beach where he served as its Vice President the past 36 years. His duties included program concept and design, pre- and post-production, music and sound design as well as daily business administration.
Frank’s real passion was sports. He was an avid and loyal Redskins fan. He also loved baseball and closely followed the old Washington Senators team. In the early 80’s, Frank began playing softball on the Chairman’s Corner team as their pitcher for around 15 years. He was also in the Don Mossi fantasy baseball league for over 30 years. Frank was known to his friends as Captain Video and more recently simply as Captain.
Capturing Frank’s love of sports, his dry, ever-present wit, a close friend recalled: “One of my fondest memories of you [Frank] was at another funeral, that of Johnny Frye. Throughout the service, you had sat with an earbud in listening to the Braves game, and when there was silence among the mourners, you announced ‘Chipper Jones tripled, bottom of the fourth.’ Everyone loved it; everyone knew Mr. Frye would have loved it. So one last Chairman’s cheer… Thanks for the memories, Captain.”
Frank is survived by his father Franklin T. Payne, Sr. (Middleburg, VA); his sister Sylvia Payne (Winston-Salem, NC); his nephew Wyatt O. Tall (Austin, TX); and extended family throughout Virginia and many close friends in the Myrtle Beach area.
His mother Louise Payne Hobart preceded him in death.
Donations in memory of Frank, an animal lover – especially cats – can be made to the Grand Strand Humane Society, 3241 Mr. Joe White Ave., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577