Harold Wilson Payne, 86, an Alexandria community volunteer who spent 21 years as an insurance salesman for Home Beneficial Life Insurance Co. before retiring in 1982, died Oct. 23 at an assisted living facility in Richmond after a stroke. He moved to Richmond from Alexandria last year.
Mr. Payne was an Alexandria native and a 1939 graduate of George Washington High School, where he was co-captain of the football team. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War.
He was a former Lions Club president in Alexandria and a liaison to organizations that fulfilled medical needs, including the Arlington Hearing Aid Center and the Northern Virginia Eye Institute.
He was named a Melvin Jones Fellow by the Lions International Foundation for humanitarian service and was a recipient of the Flora Krause Casey Public Health Award, sponsored by the Alexandria Public Health Advisory Commission.
He was a former Alexandria voter registrar.
He was a former board member of the Old Dominion Eye Bank, and his memberships included the Alexandria Sportsman's Club and the American Legion.
His wife of 58 years, Morse Sheppard Payne, died in 2003.
Survivors include two children, Brenda M. Payne of Rockville and Harold W. Payne Jr. of Richmond; three brothers, Ralph L. Payne of Alexandria, Grover C. Payne of Springfield and David L. Payne of Temecula, Calif.; and three grandchildren.
the Korean War.