Former Master of the Whitworth Fox Hunt, Fannie Elizabeth Whitworth Jones Payne, died November 30 in Ridgeland, Miss. She was 87.
Mrs. Payne graduated with honors from Blue Mountain College (Miss.). In 1941 she married Bernard Montfort Jones and gave birth to a daughter, Fitzhugh Lee, and a son, Bernard John Whitworth Jones.
Organizer of numerous music and community groups such as organ and choir programs at Briarwood Presbyterian Church, the Jackson Opera Guild, Jackson Arts Association, Jackson Symphony League, Jackson Arts Festival, Fort Rosalie DAR chapter and Hawthorn Hills Garden Club, Mrs. Payne also assisted her husband in his real estate development.
Following Mr. Jones’s death in 1963, Mrs. Payne, with the help of several friends, founded the Hinds County Kidney Foundation and raised funds for central Mississippi’s first dialysis machines.
After graduating from Jackson School of Law, Mrs. Payne was admitted to the Mississippi Bar Association and went into law practice with Shelby Rogers.
A love of farming and horseback riding led to her establishing the Whitworth Fox Hunt where she was Master from 1976 until 1979. In 1972, she remarried to Alexander Snodgrass Payne. The couple later settled in western Hinds County where she founded the Chula Huma foxhunt in 1980.
Mrs. Payne is survived by her daughter; son-in-law Arthur Charles Jackson; grandchildren Mary Etta Jackson Trosclair, Elizabeth Jackson, and John Henry and Maurine Jackson; sister Mary John Colbert; and nephew John Whitworth Colbert.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Pickens Baptist Church, P.O. Box 279, Pickens, Miss., 39146 or to the Mississippi Opera, P.O. Box 1551, Jackson, Miss., 39215.