Joey Carol Brown Payne
Born on February 7th, 1986, in Covington, Georgia
Joe Eugene Brown + Janet Carol Spradling
John Eugene Potts II
Joey C. Brown Payne was born in February, 1986, in Georgia. She is the daughter of Joe Brown and Janet Spradling, who were both born in Kentucky. When Joey was an infant, they decided to move back to Flatwoods, KY, to give her the opportunity to grow up around her grandparents. She has a half-brother named John Eugene Potts II, also born in Kentucky. He is the son of Janet, from a previous marriage.
Joey's household, her grandparents, and her great grandparents lived on Turley Avenue in Flatwoods, nestled in a hollow in the wooded hills. She attended Advance Elementary School, and was the 4th generation in her family to do so. Her great-grandmother, Georgia Gholson, attended the school when it was a one-room school house. Her grandmother, Geraldine Elliott, her father, Joe Brown, and herself attended the two-story red brick, hardwood floored school. Advance Elementary taught grades Kindergarten through 5th, and Joey's 5th grade class was the last one to pass through before the old school was demolished.
In June of 1997, Advance was torn down, and its bricks were offered as keepsakes to families that had fond memories of the school. Today, a CVS pharmacy stands in its place.
Joey Brown Payne attended 6th-8th grades at Russell Middle School, and 9th-12th grades at Russell High School, both located in Russell, KY. She went on to obtain her AA degree at Ashland Community College, in Ashland, KY, and her Bachelor's degree at the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in Cincinnati, Ohio.
On June 15th, 2013, she married Jonathan M. Payne, son of Connie Knipp Payne, in Raceland, KY. Joey and Jonathan currently reside in Yokosuka, Japan, where she is a pet sitter and he is a musician.