Nathan "Bud" Payne passed away early Sunday morning, September 8, 2019 surrounded by his children and grandchildren. He was 83 years old. Services have been entrusted to the care of Dighton-Marler Funeral home of Stillwater.
A celebration of Nathan "Bud's" life will be held on Friday September 13, 2019 at 1:00 pm at the Immanuel Baptist Church in Perkins, Ok, with Pastor Terry Guthrie officiating. Visitation will be 9AM - 8PM Wednesday, September 11, 2019 and 9AM - 8PM Thursday, September 12, 2019 at Dighton-Marler Funeral Home, Stillwater. Family will greet guests Thursday evening from 6-8PM. Pallbearers will be Justin Payne, Newell Nelson, Dennis Henry, Kelly Strickland, Don Lehenbauer, Curt Goff. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Puddin Payne, Allan Loch, Glen Taylor, Bud Bramwell, Bob Nunn, JW Lafayette, Bob Monroe, "Toots" Zalin Edwards, and many cowboys across the nation.
Memorial service will also be held in Sallisaw, Oklahoma on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 1:00 pm at Watts Holiness church of Sallisaw with interment following at Sallisaw City Cemetery.

Nathan "Bud" Payne was born December 2, 1935 in Sallisaw Oklahoma to Earl and Gladys (Harrison) Payne. Nathan grew up on the farm in Sallisaw and graduated from Sallisaw high school in 1955. After graduating high school he attended Tulsa Barber School which led him to Stillwater Oklahoma to pursue a career as a barber. While barbering at the Oklahoma State University Student union he met Margene (Tate) and in August of 1961 they were married for 27 years and raised three children Harold "Puddin" Payne, Jennifer (Payne) Nelson, Justin Payne.
Nathan founded Buds Barber shop on the Strip (Washington Street) in 1958 which remained his place of work full time right up to his passing at 83 years of age.
Over the years "Bud" provided haircuts to people of all walks of life, and as the barber shop gained popularity Bud provided haircuts to many hometown celebrities including "Big Country" OSU/Professional basketball star and even country music singer Garth Brooks had his hair cut at Buds Barber shop, and remained friends with Bud throughout his music career.
Buds barber shop wasn't only known for the famous "flat top" haircut, but many cowboys came to Bud throughout the years to discuss anything and everything, but almost every conversation led back to horses somehow.
Nathan was an avid horse trainer, horse breeder and calf roper. Many people came to seek the advice and wisdom from the cowboy and even get personal training in Nathan Payne's roping arena.
Nathan dedicated his life to teaching his children, grandchildren, and people from all over the world how to rope and ride.
Nathan maintained an honorable roping reputation himself winning a SPRA (Senior Pro Rodeo Association) saddle at the age of 69 in 2004, and his last belt buckle was won at the age of 77. However, he continued to teach and mold the minds of many cowboys right up to his passing.
Nathan will be missed by many cowboys, cowgirls, family and friends all over the world.
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Kevin Jones
Sep 13, 2019
Spent many hours in the shop of knowledge with Nathan gonna miss that!He was one of a kind.R.I.P.
Kat Cline
Sep 12, 2019
Bud will be missed by so many. May his waltz be splendid in "Cowboy Heaven".
Prayers to Justin, Jennifer and family who are left to mourn. My heart goes out to you all.
Bobby Flores
Sep 11, 2019
Rest In Peace Senor Cowboy.
Tammy (Payne) Fewell
Sep 10, 2019
To Jennifer/Mike Nelson and family .Prayers to all.So sorry for your loss.
Don Belcourt
Sep 10, 2019
Talks with Bud were always good and I will never forget his generosity...I proudly sported his famous "Flat Top" and Bud and I even worked out a deal, where I got free haircuts for wearing his Bud's Barbershop long sleeve t-shirt to warm up in before races(I competed for OSU Track and Cross Country 85-88). Bud called me "Montana" and knew I was another broke athlete far from home...R.I.P. Bud you will be missed by many....
Jimmy Henson Panhandle State
Sep 10, 2019
Sorry to hear about the passing of Nathan. I have many stories that I will never forget. One was coming home from CNFR in Mont., Bud asked for a ride home and I said sure. He said to pick him in Twin Falls as Bob's house, didn't know it would be a week of my life I would never forget. I am so thankful for this note he gave me of how to
keep a positive mental attitude, its always close. World would be a better place with more people like Nathan. My condolences to the family.
Tim Towers
Sep 10, 2019
In the fall of 1983 I arrived at OSU know knowing a soul. We had purchased a horse that Nathan trained that summer but had never met him. I ended up roping that fall out there. Thanks for being a father figure to me as I had left behind everyone I knew to attend college, keeping me out of trouble and giving me a couple of free haircuts that I couldn’t pay for. I’ll never forget you... Tim Towers
Tim Towers
Sep 10, 2019
I arrived at OSU in the fall of 1983 and did not know a soul there. We had bought a horse from Nathan that summer but had never met him until I got to college. I ended up out at his place and roped lots with him that fall. Kind of took over as a father figure for me as I left everything I knew behind back in those days. Thanks for putting a lot of good horses on the road and keeping me out of trouble and a couple of free haircuts along the way that I couldn’t pay for back then. I’ll never forget you ... Tim Towers.
Tim Towers
Sep 10, 2019
Heavenly Light was purchased for the family of Nathan "Bud" Payne by Tim Towers.  Send flowers
Beau Smith
Sep 10, 2019
I have been in Bud's barber shop on the strip a few times and he was always cheerful. prayers for his family during this time of loss. hopeful that you have many memories of time spent with him to keep you feeling comforted.
Tracy Madden Williams
Sep 09, 2019
One of my very most favorite people on this planet. I am heartbroken. When we moved to Stw in 1971, my dad's office was on the strip. We played piol there. We saw the dentist there. We bought flowers there. We bought jackets, tees and sporting equipment there. We also got our hair cut there. I have three younger bros, two of which were just younger than me when we moved here. dad, my bros and even me got our hair cut by Bud. Yep. Me too. I guess I was just one of the boys. For the longest time, I thought he called me Sis bc he didn't remember my name. Lol. When it was time for my son AJ Madden, to get his first haircut, my dad and I had to talk him into it. Nm we told him that Bu...d knew Garth, thinking that woukd do it. Nope! We had to take him.and show him the picture. Tangible proof. He has loved Bud ever since, even helping him haul hay one summer. My dad would sweep the floor in the shop every time he stopped by. He was a bit OCD. Lol.
When I was going thru my divorce and trying to get my new home clean and ready, he called me and took me out for a steak. He was so kind.
Bud Payne, Nathan, has been a part of my family since I was about three years old and will forever b in my heart.
I am so sorry for your loss. He will be missed by many for many years to come. Sending my family's love to yours.
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Justin case
Sep 09, 2019
I only met him once. We talked about his horses and breeding. Never met a nicer man and treated my wife and I like we was old friends. The family is in our prayers.
Connie Rose Reese
Sep 09, 2019
Jenifer and Justin I am so sorry for the passing of Dad my thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Lisa Verhalen Johnson
Sep 09, 2019
My little sister, Amy and I spent many Saturday mornings sitting in one of the extra barber chairs, drinking (and spilling) bottles of strawberry pop watching while Bud cut my daddy's hair. Bud tried to get us to let him cut our hair but neither of us wanted a "boy cut". He even tried to convince us that the shaving cream he used on daddy's neck was actually whipped cream. I have many fond memories of Bud. He special man. My condolences.
Helen Robey
Sep 09, 2019
Will miss our long talks .
Helen Robey
Sep 09, 2019
Spring Has Sprung Mixed Basket was purchased for the family of Nathan "Bud" Payne by Helen Robey.  Send flowers