Family of Doc Payton expresses thanks

By Martin Graham -

Dr. Hugh W. Payton

Dr. Hugh W. Payton

The family of longtime local physician Dr. Hugh W. Payton expressed a “thank you” to the community for the years of support before his passing late last year.

In a letter from the Payton family, they wrote about his passing and appreciation for his community.

“The family of Hugh W. Payton M.D. wishes to thank the people of Jeffersonville, Washington Court House, and surrounding areas, for the many kindnesses extended to them at the death of Dr. Payton on Nov. 5, 2016,” the letter said. “He loved all of you and we are grateful to all of you for the great long friendships that made his life comfortable and pleasant. He didn’t want any form of praise, he was only doing what he was trained to do. He did what God wanted him to do. This is what he wanted, to thank, especially Jeffersonville, who helped us in every way they could.”

The letter continues by listing Payton’s family, including his mother, Dr. Ruth Payton, and father, Dr. William Lias Payton, his daughter Pam Payton Parr, first son Bill Payton, second son Ted Payton and his wife of 73 years, Jo Ann Payton. The letter said that he worked very hard to get Washington C.H. a hospital and was thrilled with the community for jumping in to help.

“He was a very private person – he didn’t want any claims of greatness,” the letter said. “He said if he helped someone they would already know it, which made him happy.”

In an article published by the Naples Daily News last year, the story detailed many aspects of Payton’s life, including hid numerous inventions that helped so many. Payton developed a plastic umbilical cord clamp, to replace steel clamps, in the early 1960s. He invented a walking cast. He connected a push lawn mower and a riding mower — side by side — for a wider swath.

One other invention Payton was working on in his last year began many years ago. Payton came up with the idea of a single prong nasal insert for oxygen in 1988. He was 67. The single-prong nasal breathing device is a cannula delivering supplemental oxygen for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, COPD.

This does not include his work starting local senior citizen initiatives, all of his efforts into staffing the Fayette County Memorial Hospital with specialists, or many other accomplishments in his life.

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By Martin Graham

Reach Martin Graham at 740-313-0351 or on Twitter @MartiTheNewsGuy

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