Dr. Lloyd George Payne was born in Sombra Township (Lambton County), Ontario on the 1st of March, 1912. Dr. Payne was the youngest of 6 children born to Robert Payne and the former Alice Maude Mary Stenton. His father was a farmer and his siblings were; Mary Maud “Evelyn” Payne, Mary Margaret Payne, Annie Catherine Eliza Payne, Robert Arland Payne and Glen Denning Abbott Payne. Dr. Payne was educated in one-room school house in Whitebread (S.S. #5 and then #16). He attended Wallaceburg High School from 1924 to 1929.
Dr. Payne continued his education at the University of Western Ontario and graduated L.M.C.C. in 1935. He interned at Hamilton General Hospital between 1935-1937. Dr. Payne started his family medical practice in Dresden in 1937.
Dr. Payne married Dorothy Elizabeth Webster in Dresden on the 6th of April, 1940. Mrs. Payne was born in Chicago, Illinois on the 27th of September, 1916. She was the eldest of 2 children born to Dr. William Henry Webster and the former Sigre Christen Wall. Her father was born in Dresden but practiced medicine in Chicago. He specialized in eye, ear, nose and throat. Mrs. Payne’s mother was born in Sweden and she had a younger sister named Frances Emily Webster.
Dr. Payne was President of the Kent County Medical Society in 1952 and Chairman of the medical staff of the Public General Hospital, Chatham from 1962-1963. He represented the Kent Medical Branch of the Windsor Medical Society for 5 years.
Dr. Payne was elected to Dresden’s Town Council in 1948. He served five years with the Dresden Public School Board, 3 years on the Lambton-Kent High School Board and he spent 15 years on the Dresden Public Library Board. Dr. Payne was associated to many factions of the Masonic Lodge.
Dr. Payne enjoyed sailing, gardening and fishing and he was a member of the United Church.
Dr. Payne died at his residence in Dresden on the 7th of May, 1975. He left behind his wife Dorothy and 4 sons; Dr. William Payne, Dr. John Payne, Thomas Payne and Robert Payne.
Mrs. Payne died on the 1st of November, 2001. Dr. and Mrs. Payne were buried at the Dresden Cemetery.
*Dr. Payne’s son, Dr John Christopher Payne is also featured on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.
**Dr. Payne’s brother Robert Arland Payne enlisted in London, Ontario on the 28th of March, 1917 and served his country during WWI with the Canadian Armed Services.