Lucille (Cindy) Payne Underwood (Sign Guestbook)

Lucille (Cindy) Payne Kinnane Underwood passed away on November 25, 2018. Born in Knoxville, TN, January 2,1944, she was the daughter of Jim and Julie Payne. She is preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Gail Payne Lawson.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas R. Underwood; 4 children, Mike Kinnane (Trish), Beth Kinnane, Patrick Kinnane (Virginia), and Kathryn Kinnane; two step children, David Underwood and Cathy Underwood; brother, Jim Payne and his wife Gwen and their daughter, Julia, sister Vicki Payne Walker (Allen); sister, Kathy; nieces, Jennifer Lawson and Stephanie Lawson Slagle, her husband, Chip, and their sons Tyler and Carson Slagle. She is also survived by her former husband and father of her children, Mike Kinnane.

Cindy graduated from Central High School of Fountain City, class of 1961. She served 25 years working in the Knoxville City and Knox County school systems, retiring from Central High School. She was a congregant of St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, November 28th from 5:00-7:00 PM at Gentry-Griffey Funeral Chapel. There will be a graveside service at 3:00 PM on Thursday, November 29th at Greenwood Cemetery with Rev. John Ross officiating. Memorials requested to Riverwood Christian Community, P.O. Box 310, Louisville, TN, 37777. Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the Underwood family and invites you to view and sign the online registry below.

26 guestbook entries for “Lucille (Cindy) Payne Underwood”:

  1. Gordon Sisk says:

    I worked with Cindy for many years at Central High. She was a joy to be around and always helpful. I missed her smiling face when she retired, but enjoyed seeing her whenever old Bobcats got together.

  2. Karen Kinnane says:

    Dear Beth and family, You were all so fortunate to have such a wonderful mother, wife, sister, friend. It makes parting with her too soon even harder. Cindy was one of the nicest people I ever knew. She was funny, charming, good natured and smart. After so many years there are still memories of her which are crystal clear: Cindy with a bandana kerchief covering her hair, tackling her housework and greeting me happily as a reason to take a break, her laughing as she asked me to help her get up from a couch right after Kathryn’s birth, her story about her first meeting with Nanny and being so nervous she complimented Nanny profusely on the liver Nanny served (Cindy loathed liver.) and for years after having Nanny serve her liver while Nanny bragged, “Cindy LOVES my liver.”! In my mind’s eye Cindy remains the pretty, antiques loving, cheerful, conscientious young mother as I knew her decades ago. For me she is like Peter Pan, she never aged. Cindy was a true Southern lady and the world is poorer without her. Auntie Karen

  3. Debbie Helton Keebler says:

    Cindy was a beautiful person inside and out. She always had a smile and was so welcoming. The world just got a lot dimmer with her loss.

  4. Judith Duvall says:

    Cindy was one of the most special people I’ve ever known. I held her in such high esteem that I named my only daughter after her. The world has lost a most special LIGHT that will be missed forever.

  5. Sarah Emmett says:

    Cindy was a wonderful addition to our family! We felt loved when she was in the room and she shared the Underwood sense of humor. I will forever be thankful that she was there to laugh with us, help us, and bring us comfort when we needed it! I will miss her but I will am happy to have the memories of her smiling face!

  6. Jessie Nokes says:




  8. Clayton Webster says:

    My condolences to the family of Cindy, one of the sweetest most precious people I have ever known.

  9. John P. Pate...... Amanda Pate says:

    Our thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time.

  10. Loraine Rector says:

    Cindy was a beautiful person inside and out. So sorry to lose her. She will truly be missed.
    Dick and Loraine Rector, CHS ‘60 and ‘61

  11. Steve Kiehl says:

    Patrick, so sorry to hear of your mother, thinking of you.

  12. Betsy S. Roberts says:

    I knew Cindy through St. John’s and became good friends. I admired and liked her so much.

  13. Vince Stevens says:

    Attended St. John’s Cathedral with Cindy. She was strong and beautiful even during her rough days. Her smile and friendship will be missed. Bless her family during this difficult time.

  14. Susan Schumpert says:

    We will always remember Cindy and her smiling face. She was such a joy to know and we will miss her always. Our thoughts and prayers are with Tom and all of her family. Rest in Peace, dear friend.

    R.B. and Susan Schumpert CHS Class of ’59 and ’61

  15. Cherry Lemonds says:

    Tom, I worked alondside Cindy at Central High school for about 17 years. She was one of my favorite people. I will always remember her wit and humor, charming smile in the midst of chaos, and calm personality. She would calmly call me to the office everytime a new refugee family came in, and she couldn’t pronounce their names. I will miss her visits to the CHS parties at Stan’s. She will always be a member of our CHS family. May the Lord hold you and your family in His loving arms niw, and give you comfort and peace. And know that Cindy is in a far better place now, healed and whole.

  16. Ann Baiely says:

    I am so sorry about Cindy’s death. May God be with your family.

  17. Nancy Carringer Rackley says:

    Everyone that knew Cindy loved her

    She will be missed God be with her family

  18. Carolyn Cunningham says:

    My condolences to the family. Cindy was a very kind and caring person. Prayers for you.

  19. Carol J. Wills says:

    Cindy was a beautiful soul, a wonderful person and a dear friend. My sympathy to all the family. She will never be forgotten.

  20. John and Nancy Heatherly says:

    Cindy was such a bright light: fun to be around, beautiful, smart and just wonderful all the way around. Our prayers are with you, sweet family.

  21. Janie and David Pollard says:

    My husband,David CHS’61, was a classmate and friend of Cindy’s from Elementary School through High School. He always considered her one of the nicest, sweetest people he ever knew. Then she scored big by marrying one of our favorite people, Tom Underwood! Their sense of humor seemed to match ours and we loved seeing them together while dining out. We always, always shared laughs. Tom, we are so, so sorry for your loss, and the world has lost a good one much too soon. (Have you heard anything from Camilla Parker Bowles lately?) We hope you find peace and comfort in the days to come from cherished memories.

  22. Joe Simpson says:

    Kathryn, so sorry to learn of your mother’s passing. She is safe and at peace in the arms of our Lord and Savior
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family
    Your Mother was a fighter and fought a good fight for years
    I know your sorrow I have lost both of my parents and lost my lovely wife
    3 years ago to cancer Stay strong and hold on to the precious memories of your mother Love Joe

  23. Kathy Sitzlar Considine says:

    Dear Tom and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Cindy’s passing. You and she were some of Mother’s and Daddy’s dearest friends. Please know that Ray and I are praying for your family.

    Much love,
    Kathy Sitzlar Considine

  24. Laree Hensley says:

    Beth, so sorry to learn of your Mom’s passing. I loved her.

  25. Suzanne Miller says:

    Special lady who will be missed. Condolences to Tom and family

  26. Carmen Buckner says:

    I cheered with Cindy at CHS and loved her dearly. She was always the sweetest person I knew. I am sure you are so sad right now. This is something you never over but something you get through. Stay together as a family and keep her shining light burning brightly forever. Praying for all of you.
    Carmen Buckner

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