Eddie G. Painter, 68, of Cleveland, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at his home with his family around him.
He had struggled with illness for several years. He was a lifelong resident of Cleveland and a member of West Cleveland Baptist Church for many years.
He was an employee and manager for more than 25 years at Fike Funeral Home, where he enjoyed helping others in their time of need.
He had volunteered in the community and had previously been a member of the Bradley County Fire-Rescue Service. He served eight years in the Air National Guard. He loved being outdoors and enjoyed gardening, having farm animals, camping, fishing and spending with his family.
His courage and determination were an inspiration for everyone around him. He had a positive effect on many lives over the years. He always had a smile, no matter what the situation was. He was a loving and caring father and grandfather and will be greatly missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Edna Painter; and brothers-in-law, Leon Massengil and Willard Thomas.
Survivors include his son, Chris Painter and his wife, Joyce, who he thought of as a daughter, of Cleveland; his grandson, who he was very proud of, Cody Painter and wife, Haley, Lance Cpl. Ryan Ramsey, who was like a grandson to him; three sisters: Betty Massengil, Shirley Brock and husband, Charles, and Wanda Thomas, all of Cleveland; several nieces and nephews; and many special friends who helped take care of him over the past couple of years.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, in the chapel of Fike Funeral Home with the Rev. Arris Cavender officiating.
He will be laid to rest with his parents in Fort Hill Cemetery following the service.
Tony Ramsey, Fred Ramsey Jr., Melvin Williams and other family members will serve as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 9 p.m. this evening at the funeral home.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Painter family guest book at fikefh.com.