Eddie Mack "Chopper" Payne, 61, of Chattanooga, formerly of Whitwell, passed away Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012.He was preceded in death by his father, JM Payne; grandmother, Velda Payne; grandfather, Mike Payne; uncle, Clyde Baggett; one sister.Mr. Payne was a Vietnam Veteran Serving in the United States Army.Those left to cherish his memories are his wife, Rhonda Payne of Chattanooga; children, Donna Hampton, of Georgia, Dewayne Payne, of Whitwell, Dwight Payne, of Florida, Lindsey Black, Robert Payne, of Chattanooga; stepson, Alex Wheeler, of Chattanooga; mother, JoAnn (J.R.) Cuzzort, of Mentone, Ala.; sisters, Kim Manning, of Alabama, Vickie Lynn Payne, of Whitwell; brothers, Ronnie Dykes, of Whitwell, Jerry Payne, of Georgia, Kevin Cash, of Alabama; seven grandchildren,Family will receive friends 2-8 p.m. today, Sept. 18, 2012.Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012 in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Shawn Meade and Rev. Jason Bryant officiating.Interment to follow at Chattanooga National Cemetery. Arrangements are by Whitwell Memorial Funeral Home 423-658-7777.