Suan Payne

Published 2:30 pm Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Suan Latricia Payne was born to Robert E. Peters and the late Patricia McKelphin-Williams on July 1, 1979, in Bogalusa.

Suan expressed her faith early in life, being baptized at Second Missionary Baptist Church. She continued her walk with Christ, serving and worshipping with continued fellowship during her lifetime. She later became a faithful and devout member of The God N U Ministries, under the leadership of Prophetess Alessa Fabre. Her voice was as beautiful as her smile. Her spirit was bright and carried over as a loving mother, wife, sister and friend. She embodied generosity with a heart of gold.

Suan wore the black and gold with pride as a Bogalusa High School honor graduate, Class of 1997. She later ventured to further her education at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Bachelor of Arts in General Management in 2002.

Suan was employed with Maximus and The Trace Assisted Living Facility, where her presence will truly be missed. Her passion for cooking turned into a business endeavor, namely “Kountry Kookin To Go,” which pleased the tastebuds of those who experienced her craft. Suan also had a gift of journaling and writing beautiful poems, which was very therapeutic for her.

One of her greatest accomplishments would be known as becoming a mother and her daughter Sha’Kira was the rhythm of her heart. Family was important to her and her bond with her siblings was one of a kind.

Suan Latricia Payne will be remembered with love by those who survived her: special friend, Timothy Porter; one daughter, Sha’Kira T. Porter; father, Robert E. Peters; stepfather, Sylvester Williams; grandmother, Effie Peters; three siblings, Richard Payne, Veronica Payne and Katrina (Robert) Johnson; aunts and uncles, Richard Peters, Greg (Carol) Peters, Vanessa Peters, Joseph Peters, Renee Peters, Reginald (Tameka) Peters, Tammy (Gerald) Peters-Jackson, Meteka Nichole (Broderick) Curney, Brenda (Leonard) Allen, Willie Ray (Lorna) McKelphin, Larry McKelphin, and Glennis (Phyllis) McKelphin; three nephews and three nieces, Richard (Kasey) Payne Sr., La’Keshia Allen, Reginald Payne, Nicholas Payne, Kierra Johnson and Paris Johnson; godchildren, DesMarquis Roberts, Wykenkeyia Bruns, Ernest Reed Jr., Kayla Rogers, and TaMaryia Bruns; special friends, Okiciyapi Bruns, Chequitah Bruns, Keisha Ward, and Leslye Nelson; special cousin, Veronica Brown; and countless other family and friends whom are blessed to know her.

Suan was preceded in death by her beloved mother, Patricia McKelphin-Williams; grandparents, Early Richard, Essie Peters, Alcell Peters, Elverna Magee-McKelphin, Willie B. McKelphin, Savannah Magee, and Hosea (Etta) McKelphin; nephews, Rodrick Payne Sr. and Kenderick Payne; and cousin, Parish Peters.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21, at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Bogalusa, from 1 p.m. until the time of the service at 3 p.m., with the Rev. Christopher Matthews, pastor, officiating.

Crain and Sons Funeral Home of Bogalusa is in charge of arrangements. Sign the guestbook online at