Walter Painter

April 7, 1946March 9, 2018
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Walter Painter, 71, of Chuckey, the South Central community, passed away Friday, March 9, 2018, at his home.

He was a retired employee of Moody Dunbar Pepper Plant for 30 years and was an electrician.

Mr. Painter was a member of Liberty Free Will Baptist Church and attended Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church.

He was a veteran of the U. S. Army.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years: Caren Garland Painter, and son, Cleve Painter, both who were his dedicated caregivers; a daughter-in-law: Doris Painter of South Central; one brother: Johnny Painter of South Central; four sisters: Axie (Bob) Nelson and Linnia Painter (Roger Jessie) of Limestone, Virginia Fellers (Donnie Woods) and Elizabeth Thompson of Chuckey; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Eddie Garland, Randy Garland, Kathy Seaton, and Carolyn Shanks, all of Chuckey, and Kenneth Nelson of Limestone; and several nieces and nephews.

He was the son of the late Ferrin and Ruth Wyatt Painter and was preceded in death by a son, Paul Painter; a sister, Marie Nelson; five brothers: Willis Shanks, Warren Allen Painter, Charles Mathes, Howard Painter and Roy Painter; sisters-in-law, Nadine Painter and Bertha Painter; brothers-in-law, Eugene Thompson and Daryl Garland; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Paul and Sally Kate Garland.

The family will receive friends 2-6 pm Saturday at Liberty FWB Church.

The body will lie in state 30 minutes preceding the funeral service at 2 pm Sunday at Liberty FWB Church. Rev. John Buchanan and Mr. Michael Brown will officiate.

Interment will follow in Liberty Cemetery. The Greene County Honor Guard and the Tennessee National Guard will conduct a military graveside service.

Pallbearers will be Bradley Thompson, Mark Fields, Gene Wilhoit, Wade Mathes, Nick Mathes, C. J. Mathes, Richard Shelton, Dustin Shelton and Jonathan Shelton.

Honorary pallbearers will be his friends and neighbors.


  • Caren Garland Painter, Wife of 49 years
  • Cleve Painter, Son
  • Doris Painter, Daughter-in-law
  • Johnny Painter, Brother
  • Axie (Bob) Nelson, Sister
  • Linnia Painter (Roger Jessie), Sister
  • Virginia Fellers (Donnie Woods), Sister
  • Elizabeth Thompson, Sister
  • Eddie Garland, Brother-in-law
  • Randy Garland, Brother-in-law
  • Kathy Seaton, Sister-in-law
  • Carolyn Shanks, Sister-in-law
  • Kenneth Nelson, Brother-in-law
  • Ferrin and Ruth Wyatt Painter, Parents
  • Paul Painter, Son
  • Marie Nelson, Sister
  • Willis Shanks, Brother
  • Warren Allen Painter, Brother
  • Charles Mathes, Brother
  • Howard Painter, Brother
  • Roy Painter, Brother
  • Nadine Painter, Sister-in-law
  • Bertha Painter, Sister-in-law
  • Eugene Thompson, Brother-in-law
  • Daryl Garland, Brother-in-law
  • Paul and Sally Kate Garland, Father-in-law and Mother-in-law
  • He also leaves several nieces and nephews to cherish his memory.

  • Bradley Thompson
  • Mark Fields
  • Gene Wilhoit
  • Wade Mathes
  • Nick Mathes
  • C. J. Mathes
  • Richard Shelton
  • Dustin Shelton
  • Jonathan Shelton
  • Friends and Neighbors, Honorary


  • Visitation Saturday, March 10, 2018
  • Funeral Service Sunday, March 11, 2018

Walter Painter

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Janet & David Bryant

March 17, 2018

Caren & CLeve,

I know how hard this is. Sorry we just couldn't come for the funeral. Praying for peace and comfort for you and Cleve and rest of the family. I'll always remember Walter when he lived with us he would hide coins in the apple tree for me & Kiedee to find that was so fun. He will be greatly missed. Love you'll

Janet & David

Jeannie Callahan Tipton

March 13, 2018

Walter was a good friend he grew up with my father and he was always happy he had such a sweet smile May God Bless his family as the mourn knowing they will see him again one sweet day

Tammy Painter Brown

March 13, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss! I remember him alway joking! The family is in my prayers! Tammy Painter Brown

Jim debbie Hoss

March 10, 2018

So sorry for your loss south central community has lost a good man one who has the upmost respect from many people in this community one of the best rook players ever will miss you a lot love for the family

Janet Shelton

March 10, 2018

I am so sorry for the lose you all feel. I’m battling the flu and can’t be with you, but I will be there in spirit. My prayers are with you. Much Love, Janet Shelton



Walter Painter was known as many things to many people. He was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew him best, Walter will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

      Walter was born on April 7, 1946 at home in South Central Community of Chuckey, Tennessee. He was the son of Ferrin and Ruth Wyatt Painter. Walter grew up in Chuckey.

      Walter was raised with twelve siblings. He had six brothers: Willis Shanks, Charlie Mathes, Warren Painter, Howard and Roy Painter, and Johnny Painter; and five sisters: Elizabeth Thompson, Marie Nelson, Axie Nelson, Linnia Painter, and Virginia Fellers. Walter was usually involved in all sorts of activities with his siblings. He and his siblings experienced rivalries typical of a growing family, but they shared many life experiences over the years.

      As a young boy, Walter had a number of interests. Like most children, he enjoyed playing and making up games. He was curious about the world around him and was often eager to explore it. Walter was an active child who took part in baseball. Walter's formal education ended in the seventh grade, when he went to work. However, to Walter, the most fun to be had was simply playing and spending time with his friends.

      Always considered a “good” friend to those he knew, Walter enjoyed a broad group of acquaintances and several very close friends during his lifetime. While growing up, some of his best friends were Jim Murray, Paul, Samuel, and Manuel Painter, and Kenneth and Blaine Hammer. Later in life, he became friends with Mark Fields and Gene Wilhoit.

      On November 14, 1968 Walter exchanged wedding vows with Caren Garland in Erwin, Tennessee with Rev. White officiating. Empathic and loyal, Walter was committed to making his new family happy.

      Walter worked hard to be a good father to his children and he did his best to fulfill their needs. Walter was blessed with two sons, Paul Edward and Walter Cleveland Painter.

      Fortunately, Walter enjoyed what he did for a living. Showing a strong work ethic, Walter worked diligently and did his best to succeed in his career. His primary occupation was as an electrician. He was employed for five years by Paint and Bodywork in Virginia; 10 years with Greeneville Electric; and 30 years with Moody Dunbar Pepper Mill. Walter always sought to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Walter was an Army veteran. He was in the infantry and was stationed stateside. Through his hard work, he achieved the rank of private E-1. His fellow soldiers viewed him as a brother in arms and knew that he was as much a part of their family as their loved ones back home.

      Walter enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were playing Rook and poker, listening to music, going to church, watching tv, working, and telling jokes. He was content to enjoy his favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Walter found pleasure in sports. Recreational sports included coaching Little League baseball. Walter was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite events whenever he had the chance to do so.

      Throughout his life, Walter was a doer and was always actively involved in professional and community organizations. Throughout his later years, Walter was an active member of the South Central Ruritan Rook Club.

      Walter was a man who took pride in upholding his beliefs. Politically, Walter was strong supporter of the Democrat Party.

      Walter’s faith was important to him. He was a member of Liberty Freewill Baptist Church for 43 years. During that time, he also attended Mount Carmel United Methodist Church.

      Walter enjoyed traveling and time away on vacations. It was a chance for him to renew and relax, to visit new places and experience new things. Favorite vacations included Renfro Valley, Kentucky and touring the southwestern states.

      Walter was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of his favorites was Rosie, a Chihuahua. They were best friends for 2 years. His family was rounded out by his dogs, Oscar, Bear, and Pug.

      When Walter’s retirement finally arrived in 2005, he was well prepared. His new life involved relocating to South Central Community of Chuckey, Tennessee, where his family and loved ones were. In retirement, he found new pleasure in continuing to work and spending time with his family. Even in retirement, Walter continued to stay in touch with his old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. Walter was active in his new community and felt fulfilled with the opportunities retirement offered him.

      Walter passed away on March 9, 2018 at home in Chuckey, Tennessee. He fought a continuous battle with strokes for 2-3 years. He is survived by his wife, Caren; son, Walter Cleveland; daughter-in-law: Doris (wife of Paul Edward); brothers: Willis Shanks, Charlie Mathes, Warren Painter, Howard and Roy Painter, and Johnny Painter; and five sisters: Elizabeth Thompson, Marie Nelson, Axie Nelson, Linnia Painter, and Virginia Fellers. Services were held at Liberty Freewill Baptist Church. Walter was laid to rest in Liberty Cemetery in Chuckey, Tennessee.

      Simply stated, Walter was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Walter leaves behind him a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life he touched will always remember Walter Painter.