Rufus Payne was buried in Lincoln Cemetery located in Montgomery, Alabama. This is the marker placed near his final resting place.
|Birth name||Rufus Payne|
|Also known as||Tee Tot|
|Born||February 4, 1883
|Origin||Montgomery, Alabama, United States|
|Died||March 17, 1939
|Genres||Blues, gospel, country|
|Associated acts||Hank Williams|
Career and influence
Tee Tot is best known for being a mentor to Hank Williams, Sr. Rufus Payne met Hank Williams Sr. when Hank was eight years old and legend has it he would come around and play Hank's guitar, showing Hank how to improvise chords. His influence in exposing Williams to blues and other African American influences helped Williams successfully fuse hillbilly, folk and blues into his own unique style, which in turn expanded and exposed both white and black audiences to the differing sounds.
Payne died at a charity hospital in Montgomery, Alabama on March 17, 1939 at the age of 56. Payne is buried at Lincoln Cemetery in Montgomery. His gravesite is unknown, but a memorial stands near the entrance to the cemetery, paid for by Hank Williams Jr. and other members of the Grand Ole Opry.