James O. Payne, 79

February 21, 2018

Jim Payne, 79, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on February 21, 2018 in Lancaster, PA after an illness of several years. The son of Mildred and Johnson Payne, he was raised in Pocomoke City, MD. He attended Johns Hopkins University on a senatorial scholarship, where he earned an engineering degree in business and industrial management. While at Hopkins he was co-captain of the varsity soccer team, chairman of the honor commission, vice-president of Delta Upsilon fraternity and a recipient of the ODK national leadership award. He also ran the hot-dog concession during sporting events to help finance his education. He was a member of the U.S. Army Reserve for eight years with six months’ active duty in Ft. Jackson, SC, achieving the rank of SGT E5 in the Infantry.

Jim spent 30 years with DuPont, holding many interesting assignments: Business Research Analyst; Manufacturing Superintendent in Towanda, PA; Mid-Atlantic Regional Marketing Manager; Plant Manager in Newtown, CT and Glasgow, DE; Vice President of Endo Laboratories; and Quality Management Director for Health Care Business. He served on the Board of Directors of the Fairfield County, CT United Way and was on the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of DE where he received several national awards. After retiring, Jim served as head deacon of the Sanibel, FL Congregational Church. He sang in church choirs for over 50 years and with the Southwest Florida Symphony Chorus and its small Chamber Chorus. He enjoyed boating, golf and tennis throughout his life.

Jim is survived by his wife of 57 years, the former Mary Susan Whiteley; his children Sarah Waterland, James Payne Jr. and his wife Heather, and Elizabeth Tsukada and her husband Thomas; eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. His two brothers and a grandson preceded him in death.

A celebration of Jim’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 12, 2018 at The Willow Street United Church of Christ.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jim’s memory to The Alzheimer’s Association, 2595 Interstate Drive, Suite 100, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

Leave a condolence on this Memorial Page

Be sure to include your name

Please note that your condolence will not appear on this page until it is reviewed. Condolences usually appear within 24 hours of being submitted.

Condolences to the Family

March 14, 2018

I first knew Jim in about 1981. I’m of his childrens’ generation – they were my friends and pla ymates – and knew them better, but am very sorry for his loss. He was dear to me and my family, and a wonderful man, kind and generous, successful and happy to share that success.

March 07, 2018

Dearest Sue, I’m so sorry for your loss of Jim. I will remember him always.  Much love to you, Mary

March 02, 2018

Dear Sue, Happy Memories we have going back to our ‘youthful years’ at B&D…remember the fun and laughter we had….when we thought we were ‘all grown up and knew everything’! You and your family are in my heart and prayers with my deepest sympathy.  May God’s PEACE give you and your family strength and comfort at this time.  I send my heart of love to all.  Jeanette Groth

February 26, 2018

Dear Sue,
It was always a pleasure to spend time with you and Jim when I was seeng the Giffins.  He was always such good company. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you celebrate Jim’s life and recall the best memories.
Marilyn Wakefield 

February 26, 2018

Dear Payne Family,
We are saddened to hear of your loss.  My sister and I have a dappled history with your family.  Barbara worked with Jim at DuPont. Mildred was a great friend of my Grandmother, Lola Carrico.  Lastly, Jack was my fathers dearest, oldest friend.  I send you warmest condolences from our family to yours.
The family of William H. Hitchens
c/o Holly Carrico Hitchens Caccia

February 26, 2018

So sorry to earn of Jim’s passing.  Our thoughts and prayers are sent to you Sue and your family.
Sally and Rocco Caliendo

February 25, 2018

I am saddened to hear of Jim’s passing.  He was my supervisor in the Emulsion Area of Dupont’s Photo Products plant in 1970-71.   I considered him of the the best supervisors and men I had the privlege to work with in my 40 year career with Dupont. God bless him and peace to his family.
                                                                                             Richard A Wysocki
                                                                                             Newark, Delaware

February 24, 2018

Sarah and family,
So sorry to hear of your father’s passing.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Robert & Marion Irvine

February 24, 2018

Dear Sue, My love and sympathy to you and your family. Jim was a wonderful person and lots of fun. I wish I could be there on March 12th, but you will be in my thoughts and prayers. Much love to you, Edie 

February 24, 2018

Dear Sue, The Jim I jnew always had a smile & made me feel as though he was glad to see me.  I remember the fun trips we all had together.
One in particular, where he sang Happy Birthday to a friend in Agamemnon’s beehive tomb.He had such a beautiful voice!  
You are in my heart, Shirley

February 24, 2018

My condolences to the Payne family Jim was a great guy and a good friend he will be missed.
Stan McQuade

February 24, 2018

I have so many wonderful, happy times to remember about Jim.  As neighbors in Florida , so many good musical events, especially choir singing to hear Jim sing.  On the tennis court, golf courses( you killed me with your length) and especially our sharing Jim’s extra dry martinis. Every time  I have one I think of you.
I miss you,   Jack Pigliacampi 

February 23, 2018

Dear Sue,
I’m so sorry. He will be missed.
Pat Herman

February 23, 2018

Sue,  So many happy memories of times shared with you and Jim, especially here on Sanibel.  May your loving family be a comfort to you and may your many happy years together with Jim sustain you always.  God bless,  Mary Jane and Tom Bolon

Monday, March 12, 2018
11:00 AM
Willow Street United Church of Christ
2723 Willow Street Pike North
Willow Street, PA
Map and Directions

Get Maps and Directions >
Send Flowers Online

Offering Lancaster, PA funeral services for over 75 years.

Our six funeral homes in Lancaster County makes it easy and convenient to make arrangements and host services close to home.

  • Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home Downtown Lancaster
  • 414 East King St.
  • 717-393-9661
  • Charles F. (Chip) Snyder, Jr. Funeral Director / Supervisor
  • more info
  • Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home Lititz Pike
  • 3110 Lititz Pike
  • 717-560-5100
  • Charles F. (Chad) Snyder, III Funeral Director / Supervisor
  • more info
  • Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home Millersville
  • 441 North George St.
  • 717-872-5041
  • Mark D. Burkholder Funeral Director / Supervisor
  • more info
  • Spacht-Snyder Family Funeral Home Lititz, PA
  • 127 South Broad St.
  • 717-626-2317
  • Jacqueline Adamson Funeral Director / Supervisor
  • more info
  • Bachman-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory Strasburg, PA
  • 7 South Decatur Street
  • 717-687-7644
  • Norman T. Mable Funeral Director / Supervisor
  • more info
  • Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home Willow Street, PA
  • 2421 Willow Street Pike
  • 717-464-4600
  • Kelly Gramola Townsend Funeral Director / Supervisor
  • more info