Ruth Holcombe Payne

Westminster- Ruth Holcombe Payne, 88, passed away at Cottingham House, on Friday, April 30, 2021.

She was a daughter of the late Billie Bolt Holcombe and Edna Smith Holcombe. A graduate of Westminster High School and Winthrop College Class of 1954, she taught high school mathematics in Greenville County Schools for 14 years and in Oconee County School for 20 years. Ruth was a long-time member of Westminster Presbyterian Church where she served as an Elder and held many leadership roles.

She is survived by her brother Earl Holcombe and wife Janice and her sister Jane Holcombe Harvey and husband Edward and her dearly beloved nieces and nephews: Melinda Holcombe Rohletter (Ted), Beverly Holcombe Crenshaw (Bob), Steve Holcombe, Jed Harvey (Brandy), David Harvey (Michelle), and Rosalind Harvey Thompson (Chad); Great nieces and nephews Kelly Donald (Lane), Katie Ezell (Stephen), Bolt, Landon, Kaylynn and Alec Harvey, Jocelyn and Madelyn Thompson; Great-great nieces and nephew Austin, Addy and Anlee Donald.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, May 8th, 2021, 11 AM at Sandifer Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends from 10 – 11 AM, Saturday, May 8th, 2021, prior to the service at Sandifer Funeral Home.

A private burial will be held.

The family members are at their respective homes. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Ruth’s memory can be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 204 N. Insundega Street, Attention Treasurer, Westminster, SC 29693, or Oconee Hospice of the Foothills, C/O GHS Cottingham Hospice House – Attention: Foundation Office, 298 Memorial Drive, Seneca, SC 29672. Condolences may be expressed online by visiting