He was the son of the late Eunith D. and Maud Clark Painter.
He retired from Sanda Hosiery Mill as the general manager, and was employed with Sanda more than 55 years.
He was a 1947 graduate of Lenoir City High School. He was a former member of the Personnel Club, secretary/treasurer of Cleveland Junior Bowling Association, a life member of Big Springs PTA, and a member of the Elks Club.
He was a graduate of the Dale Carnegie classes and was assistant teacher in later classes.
He attended First Christian Church.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served as a radar specialist.
He was a loving husband of 55 years, father, brother and friend.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by brothers-in-law: Danny Demetry, Johnny Hampton and Freddie Hampton; and sister-in-law, Wanda Brewer Hampton.
Survivors include his wife, Frankie Hampton Painter; daughter and son-in-law, Denean and Alvin O’Neil; sister, Willodeane Demetry, all of Cleveland; uncle, Clifford Painter of Ellijay, Ga.; several aunts, nieces and nephews; special nieces: Cindy Hampton Rayfield of Georgetown and Judy Liner Stansifer of Chattanooga; special friend like a daughter, Sherry Stockburger; sisters-in-law: Joyce Hampton Liner and husband, Marshall, of Apison and Martha Sue Hampton of Knoxville; brother-in-law, Rodney Hampton and wife, Delores, of Augusta, Ga.; special friends and caregivers: Teressa Rayfield and Becky Grizzard; special friends: Carol Farley, Darlene Hicks and Jean Strickland; and loyal companions, his dogs, Gabby and Greg.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010, in the Chapel of Grissom Funeral Home with the Rev. Dr. Susan Harper officiating.
Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens with Alvin O’Neil, Rodney Hampton, Tony Rayfield, T.J. Rayfield, Ted Stansifer, and Ken Grizzard serving as pallbearers. The service will conclude with a dove release ceremony.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 this evening at the funeral home.
Due to severe allergies, the family has requested no plants that bloom or cut flowers.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 6221 Shallowford Rd, Suite 102, Chattanooga, TN 37421, St. Jude Memorial Program, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or to First Christian Church, 3925 N. Ocoee St., Cleveland, TN 37312.
To send an online condolence to the family www.grissomfh.net.