In Loving Memory of

Ruth Caroline Jameson Payne


Ruth Caroline Jameson Payne, 94, passed from this life to her eternal reward on Friday August 23, 2013 in Gainesville, Florida.

Ruth was born into a Methodist ministry family in Wabasso, Floridaon April 26, 1919. Traveling with her family she attended various

Florida schools where her minister father was posted. She supported her father J O Jameson’s ministry through teaching Sunday school

and was a strong prayer warrior throughout her life. She graduated from Pahokee high school and went north to stay with cousin Chet

and  Beula Firkins caring for their children while studying physical education at the University of Illinois. She graduated with a degree in

Physical  Education. Feeling called to serve her Country when World War II shook our nation, she entered the medical corps and trained

as a physical therapist. She received her commission as a Lieutenant. She served in England and then in the first wave of occupation of

Germany. She helped many a soldier to regain use of his limbs damaged in the war. She gained the rank of Captain before being

honorably discharged and returning home to Belle Glade.  Encouraged by her father J O Jameson to get married, sister Mary

who worked at the local soda shop introduced her to Leonard O. Payne a WWII veteran who was an Agronomist at the Belle Glade

experiment station. He was also attending the Belle Glade Methodist Church where J O Jameson was pastor. After a beautiful courtship of

6 months they married on 25 January 1947 in Belle Glade, Florida. Ruth practiced her physical therapy for a few years in Sebring, before

she and Leonard received teaching positions in Florida city and Homestead. She taught elementary school at various schools in

South Florida. During this time Florida began integrating their schools. Due to her teaching experience and compassionate nature Ruth

volunteered to become one of the first white teachers posted to Predominantly black West Homestead Elementary. Despite the

challenging environment Ruth persisted and successfully graduated several classes of integrated students who went on to success in

higher education And careers. She retired after teaching 20 years in Dade Co school system.

She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Leonard O. Payne, her son Daniel J. Payne and wife Christine of Concord, North Carolina, her son L.

David Payne of Gainesville, Florida, her daughter retired AF Lt. Col.  Norma Elizabeth Glaze- Jones of Fayetteville, North Carolina, and

her Brother John E. Jameson and wife Sally of Duncansville, Pennsylvania. Her grandchildren are Michael Warren Payne and wife Megan of

Nashville, Tennessee, David Edwin Glaze and Dan Beam of Tampa, Florida, Patrick Jameson Payne of Brevard, North Carolina, and Kelly Elizabeth Glaze of Tallahassee, Florida. Ruth Payne is also survived by two great grandchildren, Brecken Andrew and Ryann Kate Payne of Nashville, Tennessee and

numerous nephews and nieces. Mrs. Payne was preceded in death by her parents J.O. and Norma Jameson, her son Donald Mark Payne, her sister Elizabeth J. Watts,  and her sister Mary J. Cross.

Funeral services for Mrs. Payne will be held on Saturday, August 31st at 3:00pm at Trinity United Methodist Church Chapel , 4000 NW 53rd Ave., Gainesville, with Daniel Payne conducting the service.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at 2pm.  Interment will follow at Forest Meadows Memorial Park Central, 4100 NW 39th Ave.

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5 Responses

  1. Ken Bell and Family at · Reply

    Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers will be with your family.

  2. Betsy at · Reply

    Tnx Ken!

  3. Michael Payne at · Reply

    Thank you for the beautiful words. Meghan and I miss you all and wish we could be there with you. Blakey Mae will make her entrance into the world soon and I know Gram will get to see her. She was an amazing woman and we miss her. Love you Guys. Michael and Meghan

  4. Edison McIntyre, Durham N.C. at · Reply

    My parents, Archie and Annelle McIntyre, and my brother Don and I were fortunate to know the Payne family in Homestead, Florida, in the 1960s. We shared fellowship in the First United Methodist Church, and I recall Mrs. Payne as very active in Sunday School and youth activities. I also was fortunate to have her husband as a science teacher at Homestead Jr. High School, and to know her son Dan.

    My brother and my mother, Annelle, now live in Gainesville. She is a member of Trinty UMC, but we were surprised to learn that the Paynes had moved to the Gainesville area.

    On behalf of my brother and my mother, I hope that Leonard and Dan will accept our deepest condolences upon Ruth’s passing. May you find peace and understanding in this difficult time.

  5. Dan Payne at · Reply

    Thank you for posting your kind thoughts. The best a teacher can do is touch the future with the lessons her students carry there. My mother lives on in the lives of her students.

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