History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History 

When we sit down with a family, we have just one goal: to create a fitting, memorable and affordable service for their loved one. Together, we explore the wide variety of services and products available, as well as a wealth of creative ideas and suggestions.

Together, we'll design a memorial or funeral service that suits their needs now, and in the future. Families who come to us know that years from now, they will have deep peace-of-mind because in coming to us, they've done their best to honor their loved one.

MMS-Payne has the only privately owned crematory in Rogers County to serve our families. 

We do not use an answering service at any time of the day.  Our phones are always answered by one of our experienced staff members.

MMS-Payne Funeral Home & Cremation Service is owned by Ryan and Brandi Payne. Three licensed funeral directors and embalmers on the staff: Ryan Payne, Allen McElwain, and Roger Shaffer, the most experienced staff in Rogers County.

Our Valued Staff

Ryan Payne

Ryan Payne, Owner/Funeral Director

Ryan Payne, a Rogers County native, started working for the Smith’s washing cars and doing yard work. The Catoosa High School graduate worked summers while he was earning a Bachelor's of Mortuary Science at the University of Central Oklahoma. He is married to Brandi Girten and lives in Chelsea. They have 3 daughters. He is the son of Charlie and Betty Payne of Claremore and Sharon and Jack Sappington of Chelsea. He is a member of the Claremore, Chelsea, and Inola Chamber of Commerces and attends the First United Methodist Church in Claremore. He is an avid hunter and fisherman.

Allen McElwain

Allen McElwain, Funeral Director

Allen McElwain joined our staff in Nov. 2013. Allen is a lifetime Claremore resident. He graduated from Claremore High School and the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor's in Mortuary Science. Allen earned his mortuary science degree from the University of Central Oklahoma. He is married to Anne McElwain and they have three sons. He is a member of First United Methodist Church in Claremore.

Roger B Shaffer

Roger B Shaffer, Funeral Director

Roger Shaffer, an Oklahoma native, has been in the funeral industry for over 40 years. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business at the University of Central Oklahoma and his mortuary science degree in Phoenix, Arizona. He is a licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer, Cremationist and is a Certified Grief Counselor. He lives in Verdigris, is married to Brittiany Price-Shaffer and has a daughter who is a Cascia Hall Alumni and is a junior at OSU, Stillwater. Roger loves all things Harley-Davidson and is an avid hiker and outdoorsman.

Zack D. Smith

Zack D. Smith, Pre Need and After Care Specialist

Zack Smith, a Claremore Native, began work with us in September 2017. Zack graduated from Claremore High School in 1994. He now lives in the Inola area with his wife, Andrea, and daughters Jayce and Reagan. He is a member of the First Baptist Church and also served as Vice President of the Claremore Soccer Club for over 6 years. He is an avid waterfowl hunter and fisherman as well.

William Leonard

William Leonard, Apprentice

Guess is a Rogers County native, living in Bushyhead the last 20 years. This eager young man started working for MMS-Payne washing the cars and helping with funerals in 2015. He is now a license Funeral Director Apprentice under Ryan, Allen, and Roger. Guess is a graduate of Claremore Sequoyah High School in 2016. He was deeply involved in the Future Farmers of America through his high school career and served as the Sequoyah FFA Chapter Vice President for three years, an accomplished competitive public speaker and livestock showman as well as enjoyed playing basketball and running cross country track. Guess is currently a sophomore at Rogers State University and will transfer to the University of Central Oklahoma in the fall of 2018 pursuing a degree in Mortuary Science. Guess is the son of Wade and Sammy (Copp) Leonard of Claremore. The grandson of Johnny and Linda Leonard of Claremore, Jerry and Tracy Copp and Billie and Tom Stiedley all of Claremore. Guess is an avid Team Roper and outdoorsman.

Susan Bickford

Susan Bickford, Chelsea Funeral Home Office Manager

Susan Bickford has been the Office Manager at Chelsea Funeral Home and Crematory since 2003. She considers it a privilege to be able to help comfort grieving families. Susan graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Rogers State College. She is a wife and mother who is actively involved with her family, church and community.

Sharon Moody

Sharon Moody, Inola Funeral Home Office Manager

Sharon is a native Oklahoman, and has called Claremore home for over 40 years. She attended school in Tulsa. She was a former manufacturer representative in sales and marketing, but now loves serving the families at MMS-Payne Funeral Homes. She joined MMS-Payne in 2014. She is married to Jack, has 3 sons Brian and his wife Kim, Chris and his wife Tina and Chad and his wife Jill as well as 8 grandchildren. She is a member of 1st Baptist Church in Claremore. Sharon loves travel, family and crafts.