March 30, 1936 - November 10, 2021
Isabel Ingram “Inky” Payne died at age 85 on November 10, 2021, in Raleigh, North Carolina. She was the youngest of five daughters born to Mitchell R. Ingram and Laura Jane Ingram (nee Mullen). Isabel was born in Taylorsville, North Carolina, and lived there until she went to Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina (now UNC-Greensboro). She married Garth Howard Payne on June 22, 1957, and they had two children. She lived in Guilford College nearly the rest of her life, before recently moving to Chapel Hill to be closer to her daughter. In 1968, Isabel began teaching at Florence Elementary School in Jamestown in the wake of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination and the fraught efforts to integrate North Carolina public schools. Although she could have taught at her neighborhood school, to support school integration, Isabel volunteered to commute to Florence, where she was one of only 2 white faculty members. She loved working at Florence and taught there for 25 years, until her retirement. Isabel was a gifted teacher whose students adored her and flourished under her nurturing care. She earned a master’s degree in education from UNC-G and an EdS degree from Appalachian State University. She received awards for science and math teaching and the Humanitarian Award from the Guilford County Association of Educators. Isabel was a formidable gardener and loved playing tennis, being with her grandchildren, and having dark chocolate with a glass of red wine. She had a love of life, a wonderful sense of humor, loads of style, a flair for drama, an affectionate heart, and an acerbic wit. She will be desperately missed. She is survived by her sisters Catherine Herring and Jean Sewell; daughter Sandra Payne Hagood and son-in-law James Hagood, grandchildren Johnson Payne Hagood and Isabel Helena Hagood; and her son Garth Hampton Payne and daughter-in-law Jenae Neiderheiser. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, November 13, at Faith Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, with a reception to follow. As Covid precautions, we will wear masks inside the church, and the reception will be outside. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Faith Presbyterian Church or Reading Connections, a non-profit literacy agency in Greensboro.
Isabel Ingram “Inky” Payne died at age 85 on November 10, 2021, in Raleigh, North Carolina. She was the youngest of five daughters born to Mitchell R. Ingram and Laura Jane Ingram (nee Mullen). Isabel was born in Taylorsville, North... View Obituary & Service Information
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