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    Alyne Payton, 87, mother of great NFL running back

    Alyne S. Payton in 1999 after a service for Walter Payton.
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    Alyne S. Payton in 1999 after a service for Walter Payton.

    JACKSON, Miss. — Alyne S. Payton, the mother of late National Football League Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton, has died in Jackson, Miss. She was 87.

    Family members said she died in the hospital on Monday ­after a long illness.

    Officials with Westhaven Memorial Funeral Home said services were scheduled for ­Friday at Black’s Chapel ­Missionary Baptist Church in Jackson. Burial will be Saturday in Resthaven Cemetery in ­Columbia.


    Alyne Payton’s husband, Edward, died of an aneurysm in 1978.

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    Walter Payton, who played college football for Jackson State and starred with the Chicago Bears, died of liver disease in 1999.

    Alyne Payton was a former member of the board for the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.

    She leaves a son, Eddie, who was also a football standout at Jackson State; and a daughter, Pam.