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Obituaries » H. Dudley Payne Jr.

H. Dudley Payne Jr., 71, of Warrenton, died Feb. 20, 2017.

He was born Nov. 16, 1945 in Rocky Mount, N.C., to the late Ann and H. Dudley Payne Sr.

He grew up in Arlington before leaving home to attend Wake Forest University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree. After graduation, he enlisted with the United States Marine Corps in 1967, earning the rank of first lieutenant. Mr. Payne served three years, including one combat tour in Vietnam and was awarded the Purple Heart.

After his service, he earned his law degree from Catholic University in 1973 and served as managing editor of the Catholic University Law Review. He served as an assistant commonwealth’s attorney in Fairfax County from 1974 to 1977, before returning to his family's home county, where he practiced law in Marshall. In 1982, he joined Martin & Walker P.C. in Warrenton, where he practiced criminal and civil law.

In 1995, the Virginia General Assembly appointed him a judge of the 20th Circuit Juvenile and Domestic Relation Court. Judge Payne retired from the bench in 2007 and established a mediation practice.

He enjoyed playing golf and watching baseball with his family. Judge Payne was an avid outdoorsman at his farm in Orlean.

Survivors include his wife, Ann Strickland Payne; his sons, Edward Dudley Payne of Warrenton, John Strickland Payne and wife Kelli of Orlean and H. Dudley Payne III of Warrenton; a sister, Sue Payne Thomas and husband Larry of Falls Church; a granddaughter, Katherine Jane Leathers Payne and another grandchild expected in August; a niece, Leigh Ann Thomas and husband Marcus Tewksbury and their son, Wesley, all of Philadelphia, and a nephew, John Thomas of Washington, D.C.

A graveside service will take place at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at the Orlean Cemetery on John Barton Payne Road.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Orlean Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, P.O. Box 15, Orlean, Va. 20128 or to Patriots4, c/o Randy West, 10050 Hume Road, Marshall, Va. 20115.

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