Hundreds gathered outside the
home of Dana Payne on Thursday. He's the Millington
central football player that died after he took a hard hit during football
practice this week. Dana was 15-years-old.
Friends and family sang hymns as they held candles. They say Dana was known for his sense of humor, his passion for football, and love for his family. Dana's mother wore his jersey, #87 and talked about how the people and the outpour of support, keeps her smiling.
Friends say Dana will not be forgotten.
"I was emotional but I was thinking about also his life and that it's a
celebration, other than it being sad and everybody grieving, I was thinking
about his life and everything that was good," says Jasmine Clinton.
George Anderson says, "He was such an important person to me, he was like
a brother, I just came out here to support him, make sure he's doing alright,
he's not gone, he's still here, just in our hearts."
Millington Central's game Friday is still on. They play at Kirby high school. Dana's
teammates and a growing list of local teams plan to wear his number #87 on
Visitation for Dana Payne is set for Monday from 5pm to 8pm. The funeral will
take place Tuesday at 3pm.
First Baptist Church of Millington
5010 West union Road
It is open to the public.