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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Mayor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
There's No Limit Of What A Man Can Do And Where He Can Go If It Doesn't Matter Who Gets The Credit.

Birthplace

Born:
5/22/1929
Birth Location:
Sulphur Springs, Texas

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Mayor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
There's No Limit Of What A Man Can Do And Where He Can Go If It Doesn't Matter Who Gets The Credit.

Birthplace

Born:
5/22/1929
Birth Location:
Sulphur Springs
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Biography

Mayor Coy C. Payne was born May 22, 1929 in Sulphur Springs, Texas to Scott Payne and Virgie May Stribling, cotton sharecroppers. The second of nine children, Payne often labored with his family in the fields throughout his childhood and adolescence. When he was twelve, Payne’s family moved to Chandler, where Payne attended a segregated middle school in Mesa and Chandler before attending segregated Carver High School in Phoenix, an hour long bus ride away. After dropping out of Arizona State University in 1949, Payne was drafted by the United State Army and served in Korea. After he returned, he met and married Willie Woods, a community activist and certified accountant. Returning to school on the G.I. Bill, he received his B. S. degree in education from Arizona State University in 1958.

Payne started his career by teaching third grade in Chandler. He would go on to work in Chandler area schools for thirty-one years, teaching and serving as Assistant Principal of Chandler Junior High School until he retired from education in 1989. Out of college, Payne became active in the community by joining the Chandler Human Relations Committee and working to improve race relations in the area. From there, he was appointed to various other city organizations, including the chairmanship of the Chandler Housing Authority. In 1980, at the advice of the Mayor of Chandler, Payne ran for and won an at large seat on the Chandler City Council, serving two terms from 1982 to 1989. In 1990, Payne won a landslide victory in the mayoral election, becoming the first African American to serve as mayor in the State of Arizona.

Payne served two terms as Mayor of Chandler, from 1990 to 1994, and successfully oversaw the huge economic and population boom that occurred across the “Sun Belt.” He and his wife continue to be involved in community government and service. A middle school was named in their honor.

Payne was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 11, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - The Honorable Coy Payne lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - The Honorable Coy Payne describes his mother's occupation and family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - The Honorable Coy Payne describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - The Honorable Coy Payne talks about his father's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - The Honorable Coy Payne describes his father's strength
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - The Honorable Coy Payne talks about his maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable Coy Payne talks about his maternal grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - The Honorable Coy Payne describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - The Honorable Coy Payne remembers celebrating Juneteenth
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - The Honorable Coy Payne remembers his home life
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Coy Payne remembers his neighborhood in Chandler, Arizona
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Coy Payne describes his family's move to Arizona, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable Coy Payne talks about his father's school board service
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Coy Payne describes his family's move to Arizona, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Coy Payne remembers segregation in Arizona
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Coy Payne recalls his grade school experiences in Arizona, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Coy Payne recalls his grade school experiences in Arizona, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable Coy Payne remembers his early religious experiences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable Coy Payne remembers Ocotillo Elementary School in Chandler, Arizona
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable Coy Payne remembers joining the Boy Scouts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Coy Payne recalls his start at George Washington Carver High School in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Coy Payne describes his high school principal, W.A. Robinson
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Coy Payne remembers George Washington Carver High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Coy Payne remembers his aspiration to play sports
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Coy Payne recalls his decision to attend Arizona State College in Tempe, Arizona
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - The Honorable Coy Payne recalls arriving at Arizona State College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - The Honorable Coy Payne remembers his U.S. Army basic training
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - The Honorable Coy Payne recalls embarking on his U.S. Army service in Korea
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable Coy Payne remembers his arrival in Korea
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Coy Payne recalls reaching the front line of the Korean War, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Coy Payne recalls reaching the front line of the Korean War, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Coy Payne recalls his combat experiences in the Korean War, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Coy Payne recalls his combat experiences in the Korean War, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Coy Payne recalls his combat experiences in the Korean War, pt. 3
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable Coy Payne remembers delisting from the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - The Honorable Coy Payne talks about his wife
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - The Honorable Coy Payne narrates his photographs