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William R. Painter

24 juillet 193611 janvier 2021
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William R. Painter, 84, of Chattanooga, went home to be with Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on January 11, 2021. He was born in Asheville, NC.

He was a retired captain having served his country in the United States Marine Corps and held in the enlisted ranks a ranking of Master Sergeant (E8). For meritorious service during the 1964 Congolese uprisings he was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal with Joint Task Force LEO, in Leopoldville (now known as Kinshasa) in the Republic of the Congo Africa, for rescue and evacuation operations of missionaries and wounded nationals. Bill served in Vietnam 1967-68 during the infamous “Tet Offensive” receiving many awards including the Combat Action Ribbon. After retirement from the United States Marine Corps in 1973 he came to Chattanooga and attended Tennessee Temple University where he received a BS Degree in Education and has lived here ever since. Bill has been a member of Grace Baptist Church since 1979 where he gained his passion for foreign missions. Since 2001 he participated in 40 short-term mission construction projects in more than 18 countries.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Aline Currie of Waycross, GA., and a son in law, Jeff Cooke.

Left behind to cherish Bill’s memory are his two daughters, Patti and her husband Dr. Robert Dyer, and Pam Cooke, both of Chattanooga, one grandson, Shawn (Afton) Davis, Green River, WY., two granddaughters, Brandy (Adgusto) Luna and Becca (VJ) Wilson-Jones, six great-grandchildren, Jaidyn, Kaidynce, Brailyn, and Cohen, all of Chattanooga, and Julian and Abram of Green River, WY., a brother, Ron (Ardy) Painter, and several nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Bill’s Life will be held privately graveside in the Chattanooga National Cemetery on Friday January 22, 2021 at 1:00 pm with full military honors.

We respectfully request that all current mandates set forth by the CDC and the Hamilton County Health Department be adhered to. This includes “social distancing” and wearing masks at all times while on the premises.

In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests that memorial contributions be made in Bill's honor to Grace Baptist Church Missions Program, 7815 Shallowford Rd Chattanooga, TN 37421.

Arrangements are under the care of Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory and Florist East Chapel, 404 South Moore Rd. East Ridge, TN 37412.

Please share your thoughts and memories at www.ChattanoogaEastChapel.com

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Patti Dyer

20 janvier , 2021

You have always been so kind. You are a Captain and a Master Sergeant in the greatest fighting force EVER! I can't imagine what you went through in Vietnam. I do remember the things you did tell me about your service and I'll treasure them. I was so happy when you showed up in North Carolina when I completed my MCI training. Our picture together is one of my favorite. I also love the picture of our boot camp pictures together. You gave me such a well balanced, moral, happy, and most importantly Godly example of how a man should be and act.
Thank you most importantly for loving God and giving me an example of how to raise my children. Thank you for Grace. That place in East Brainerd that you helped create and still love so much, made me who I am today. I had one of the best educations one can get, based on the love of Christ. I love you. My family loves you.
Love Shawn
He was an awesome dad and grandfather!

Patti Dyer

20 janvier , 2021

My son, Shawn, response:
Captain Papa Painter,
Thank you so much for that awesome email. I was sitting in my car on the way to work with tears streaming down my cheek. I can recall those mornings at IHOP very easily and very fondly. At my stage of life, I can thank you with the deepest parts of my heart, spirit and being that you have made me the man I am today. I am so very thankful of how you took us in and treated me like a son.. I cherish our times together. I can remember IHOP, that little restaurant in the strip mall on Lee Hwy, McDonalds in front of Lowes, the old orange Corvette Stingray, the garage being built, your little work shop in the back of house, the lines in the hall closet measuring my height, your handkerchiefs, the awesome hampers and little wood toys you would make and Nanny would paint. I remember riding in the van from Illinois to Chattanooga in the old elementary school desk. I can't wait to take my kids to the top of Lookout Mountain and watch hang gliders run off the mountain. I remember Ron and Melanie, Monty, Terp, Gwen, and Doc! You gave me such a great childhood. My life would have been much different without you in it. I often see the picture of you mowing the lawn with me behind you, and then many times the picture of Abe and I mowing the lawn pops up. I can see the attic like I was it yesterday. I know that there are newspapers up there of the moon landing and JFK. I hope that some of my Michael Jordan posters are up there too! It was so kind of you to let me move into your office room and let me decorate it with my shrine to MJ. I can thank, and relate to you about buying me a basketball hoop for the driveway. I think that we are going to buy one for Abe and Jules this spring. Jules is very interested in basketball at this place in time. I can picture the maroon Honda and the champagne Buick. I could go on for many more examples of how much I adore and love you.
I can not thank you enough for all of the things you have done for me.

Patti Dyer

20 janvier , 2021

This was written from Dad to my son, Shawn and my sons response.
I just wanted to share.
Shawn,
At IHOP earlier this morning I got pretty choked up looking across Brainerd Road at the old IHOP where you and I stopped many times when I was taking you to school. It is hard to imagine that it was over 20 years ago. I don't know if you remember much about those days, but now at this stage in my life, I often reminisce about the wonderful days gone past. I probably never told you how much you meant to me back then (and still do), but thinking about those times now makes me realize how much you have meant to me throughout all those years. I am so proud of you for all you have accomplished in your life, the man you have become, the wonderful wife you married and the family you are raising.
This is the season for thankfulness, and for you and your family, I am truly thankful.
Love you Shawn,
Give my love to all.
PaPa

Gene Miller

18 janvier , 2021

We have so many wonderful memories. The first is what a wonderful friend Bill and Aline were to our family. They always made us so welcome in their home.....those egg salad sandwiches on a Sunday night after church. We will always cherish the memories we have. Patti and Pam we have been praying you you and will continue to pray for you and all of your family. Gene and Nancy

Laura Harrelson

18 janvier , 2021

Our family will always have great memories of Bill, and my sister Aline. We loved our family.

Jim Painter

17 janvier , 2021

Loved my cousin Bill! I am sure he is in heaven with the Lord! Rest In Peace!

Patti Dyer

17 janvier , 2021

In lieu of flowers my Dad would like donations make to Grace Baptist Church Missions Program. (Shallowford Road.)

I miss my daddy so much. He was such a kind father, grandfather, friend and man. His legacy lives on through so many of us. He was such a Godly man.

Ron & Ardy Painter

17 janvier , 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Patti, Pam and families. We so very much want to be there with you but because of this COVID we don't dare take the chance with the way Ron's health is. Please know we are there in spirit and love and miss you all very much! He will be missed.

Love to all,
Uncle Ron & Aunt Ardy

Phil Dyar

13 janvier , 2021

Phyllis and I very sorry for your loss . Hard to believe we first met in the 70's at Barnes Rhodes Company working at the same place. Never realized I would come to meet his beautiful daughters Patti from working side by side with my wife Phyllis at Erlanger burn Unit and Pam working at Chattanooga Police for several years. Your dad left a beautiful legacy love you all!! Phyllis and Phil Dyar

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