On behalf of Kathy and the Payne family they would like to thank you for all your heartfelt messages, prayers, calls,texts and the amazing photos that you have posted of Willie. As you can imagine, there have been so many messages, and Kathy is taking time to slowly go through every single one of them. Your love and support has been tremendous, and as soon as Kathy is able to put into words what she is feeling, she will post a message to you all. In the meantime please know that she is grateful for your tremendous love and support. As you all know Willie and Kathy are great supporters of live jazz and in Memory of Willie, Kathy has set up a fund to help jazz musicians during COVID-19, she feels this is something Willie would want. So, in lieu of flowers Kathy is asking if you could rather contribute anything you can to help keep the music which was such an important part of Willie’s life going. Contributions to the Willie Payne Jazz Musician Fund can be made using this link paypal.me/pools/c/8rsUfpFIf4 and proceeds will be distributed to artists. Thank you for your kindness.