Obituaries » Gerry M. Payne
Gerry Maurice Payne was born to Diane Moten and the late Frank Lewis Payne, Jr. (Blinky) in Washington, DC on July 19, 1969. He departed this life on November 4, 2016. Gerry along with his brother the late Frank L. Payne III, was raised by his father and grandparents the late Frank L. Payne Sr. and the late Audrey A. Payne. He attended DC Public Schools and graduated from Dunbar Senior High in 1988.
Gerry grew up knowing about a Christian journey at an early age and fellowshipped at Mount Airy Baptist Church until his demise. Gerry developed a love for boxing at an early age. He believed that he was 18 months when he put on boxing gloves for the first time. He was fighting on his elementary school playground when a good friend of his Freddie Boo gave him the name “Rock”. That name stuck until this very day. Gerry (Rock) was active with the Boys and Girls club while growing up playing basketball, football and boxing. However, his love and natural ability to box became his passion. He attributed his love of boxing and his love for the San Francisco 49ers to his father Blinky.
Gerry (Rock) was an outstanding amateur in the mid-to-late eighties, becoming an alternate on the 1988 United States Olympic team. He made a unique pro debut on March 24, 1990 at the Frank Williams Activity Center at Coolidge High School in DC. He participated in a six-round debut bout, defeating Walter “Mad Dog” Green by decision. Green was 6-1 with three KO’s at the time of the bout. His career moved slowly but steadily over eight bouts until legal issues took him away for the majority of 1993. Gerry (Rock) returned on April 1, 1994 in Alexandria, VA as a member of the vaunted “Hard Corps” boxing team alongside fellow Beltway contenders Derrell Coley, Reggie Green and Reuben Bell. He would later win an IBC Middleweight title on October 22, 1994 defeating Jeff Johnson by 12-round decision at the Washington Convention Center. Gerry (Rock) would lose his only bout in his final outing dropping a 10-round decision to Daniel Perez on December 13, 1994 in Albuquerque, NM. Payne’s record was 13-1, five KO’s.
Gerry’s (Rock) life was dedicated to serving and working with others. He held various jobs within Washington, DC including employment at Howard University. As a resident in the NW community, he was also very active in the community. His community service affiliation was with the Peaceoholics and he also served as an Assistant to the late Mark Dixon, a long time ANC commissioner.
Gerry (Rock) married the love of his life Rosie Short on September 13, 1999. Gerry was a proud father of nine children and 4 grandchildren. He loved his immediate and extended family and his community. He took great pride in his children and supported all when called upon. He was willing to help anyone in need and even opened his door to friends and his children’s friends when they were going through difficult times. He was very compassionate and charismatic; to know him was to love him! Gerry Maurice “Rock” Payne will be greatly missed!
Gerry (Rock) was predeceased by his father Frank Payne Jr., grandparents Frank Sr. and Audrey Payne and his brother Frank Payne III. He leaves to cherish his memory: his beloved wife Rosie Short, children (Tytiania, Richard Sr., Gerry, Taylor, Marquis, Everett, Ebone, Mekhi and Maurice), grandchildren (Arianna, Richard Jr., Tyrique and Jasiah), mother Diane Moton, brother Samuel Moton, uncle Cecil Dubois and a host of family and friends.