Our Funeral Services 

Proudly serving the Athens community and surrounding area with a large array of funeral services since 1912.

Over 100 years of commitment serving your families as our own

When the time comes to say goodbye to our loved ones, you can count on the Mack and Payne family being here for yours. The Athens community became our family over 100 years ago. Certainly, we couldn’t be more grateful for their everlasting warm reception. Our reputation for giving high-quality funeral services increased over the years.

Creating your own unique life celebration allows you to ensure your wishes and desires are respected upon your passing. Thus, we provide all the support needed, so your arrangements reflect exactly what you envisioned them to be.  

Contact us today.

SHANE L. Blackwell, owner

Mack & Paiyne Funeral Services

Funeral Services in Georgia
Funeral Services for all your needs

Our History

The Mack & Payne Funeral Home was established in March 1912. It was first located at 185 West Washington Street. It was launched by two African American businessmen, Mr. James McCluskey and Mr. Andrew Payne. Due to failing health, Mr. Payne sold his interest in the funeral home to Mr. McCluskey. At that time, Mr. Lauren McWhorter and Professor Lyons were working with Mr. McCluskey.

In 1944, Mr. Houston Lumpkin, Sr. purchased the funeral home from Mr. McCluskey. He operated the business until his death in 1961. At this time, Mr. Houston Lumpkin, Jr., Ms. Dorothy Lumpkin Weir, and Ms. Minnie Lumpkin Willis operated the business. Mr. Houston Lumpkin, Jr. died in 1972.

Furthermore, in March 1978, Mr. Alfonso Willis acquired Mack & Payne Funeral Home. Thereafter, in April 1981, an official groundbreaking was held at its present location, 625 Nellie B. Avenue in Athens, GA. On October 18th, 1981, dedication services were held commemorating the official change of location.

Thereafter, on June 2, 1991, the chapel of the Mack & Payne Funeral Home was officially dedicated as “Willis Chapel” in honor of Mr. Willis’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ozzie and Mattie Sue Willis. Consequently, his grandson, Shane Backwell serves as the 3rd generation owner of the historic Mack & Payne Funeral Home Legacy. Above all, we continue providing and delivering the finest funeral services in the Athens community. 

The Funeral Services that we provide

Pre-Planning

Planning is easy. You can count on us to help to guide you through this process. We can assist in creating a plan for your funeral services according to your needs and preferences. 

Arrangements & Funeral Services

The logistical challenges that come with a funeral are some of the most difficult trials to overcome. Allow us to provide you with the peace of mind you need during these difficult moments. 

Burial & Cremation

When it comes to deciding whether to have a burial or a cremation, we take into consideration your personal beliefs, religion, preferences, and budget. Let us be there for you.

Grief & Healing 

Finally, among our funeral services, you count on the professional team of counselors in our family. You don’t need to walk alone during these difficult times. Healing is vital in our community. 

Our Community Partners

Charity Faith & Hope Counseling - Funeral Services