“Joe Payne was my doctoral adviser and a dear friend. I'm thankful that I communicated with him about a year ago and told him again how much I admired him for his advise and counseling. He excelled at letting a student think all of his ideas were his own. Bill Swart
“I met Joe at the Cox Family Reunion in Galax, VA. He grew up with my father and shared some of his memories of that time with me. He was so kind and considerate. I am so sad to hear he has passed. My prayers and thoughts are with his family.
“It was a great pleasure to work closely with Joe in the Ann Arbor Rotary Club, where he followed me as club president.What a totally fine and admirable man! My condolences to his family.
John Rosemergy, Fort Worth, TX
“I met Joe Payne in 1985 when I was getting my Master's in Math Education at the U of M. He was a friend to my parents and I had always heard wonderful things about him. He provided guidance, kindness, and always humor during my time back in Ann Arbor and 27 years later, as I am still teaching math, I think of him often. He was and always will be a role model for me.
“The Jamestowne Society remembers and appreciates Dr. Payne's service as a Member of Council, and extends sympathy and condolences to his family and friends. His many abilities in many areas over his career were notable, and many have benefitted from knowing him. As webmaster of the Jamestowne Society website, I have added a note about his passing, and put up a link to this Guest Book.
“We were so sorry to learn of the death of your beloved father. We so enjoyed your parents when we all lived in Ann Arbor. Memories are wonderful and know you have many which will help in the difficult days ahead. Our prayers and blessings are with all of you. Love, Jim and Charlotte Portz
“Joe Payne was an outstanding human being. We missed him when he moved from Ann Arbor, but we were able to see him whenever he came for a visit. We will miss him more now, and the memories of a gentleman and a scholar will remain with us forever. Our condolences to his fine family.
“My husband Russ and I have fond memories of Joe and Ruth when Russ was Counselor for Rotary scholars in Ann Arbr, Michigan. We attended get togethers for the young folks and with great delight remember riding in their extraordinary car, I believe it was a Checker, and it was huge. We had such fun together. It was a long time ago but still very nice memories. Our best wishes to the family, it is sad to think such a special gentleman has left this world.
Dot and Russ Reister
“Joe and I spent many hours together driving to off-campus locations (especially Flint and Saginaw) teaching courses for the UM School of Education extension program. That provided a special opportunity to come to know him beyond our on-campus relationships. He was a wonderful professional and personal friend. My warmest condolences to his family. Scott Westerman
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PAYNE, DR. JOSEPH NEAL Dr. Joseph Neal Payne, 82, died on March 6, 2012 surrounded by his family in Charlottesville. He was born August 10, 1929 in Galax, Virginia to Solomon Luther Payne and Annie Elizabeth Cox Payne. He was a faculty member of the University of Michigan School of Education for...Read More