Cotten Funeral Home


Jack Timberlake Painter

July 23, 1930July 25, 2015

Jack Timberlake Painter of New Bern, North Carolina, departed this life on July 25, 2015. Born in Kincaid, WV on July 23, 1930, he was preceded in eternal rest by his parents Troy Earl Painter and Nannie Bell Proffit Painter, his sister Winona Painter Holstein and his junior niece Kelly Holstein Rowe.

He is survived by his senior niece Sheridan Holstein, nephew Wayne Rowe and many loving cousins and friends.

Jack was an active communicant of Christ Episcopal Church where he served as an Eucharist Minister and Docent. Professionally, he received his Bachelor and Masters degrees in Civil Engineering from West Virginia University. He continued with graduate work at Purdue University, Stevens Institute of Technology and the University of Houston. His teaching career began at the age of 19 as an instructor at West Virginia University. He retired from Louisiana Tech University as a Professor Emeritus where he also served as Director of Tech-Rome spending 23 summers teaching in Italy. His work experience permitted extensive travel in the United States and Europe which helped him in developing courses such as European Influence on Engineering. He has written several publications related to civil engineering. He has received numerous honors throughout the years; however, the ones which truly touched his heart were the many Outstanding Teacher, Outstanding Professor, Most Popular Engineering Teacher, Award for Excellence in Teaching, and Man of the Year Awards. Jack also spent time serving his country, retiring as a Commander from the U. S. Navy.

He was a speaker and entertainer for many professional organizations and civic clubs. His passion was his love for the circus. He walked the tight-wire, swung on a trapeze, balanced on a Rolla Rolla, juggled, rode a unicycle and a Penny Farthing bicycle. Never a circus performer, but a consummate fan, he served as President of the Circus Fans Association and continued to attend annual circus conventions.

He became Uncle Jack, as his family fondly calls him, to so many people. His greatest joy was in giving of his time and talent. "Feeling great and looking for greater!" has become a well-known line of his and on a beautiful Saturday morning The Great Timberlake found greater in the arms of his Lord.

There will be a celebration of Jack's life at 2:00 pm at Christ Episcopal Church, New Bern, NC on Sunday, August 2, conducted by The Rev. Paul Canady. A reception for family and friends will follow in the Parish Hall. A memorial service will also be held at 1:00 pm at High Lawn Funeral Home, Oak Hill, WV on Saturday, August 8, conducted by The Rev. Marquita Hutchens.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Christ Episcopal Church, 320 Pollock Street, New Bern, NC 28560, Church of The Redeemer, 504 Tech Drive, Ruston, LA 71270, or a charity of your choice.

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Barbara Burkett Hill

January 12, 2019

Jack Painter was my teacher when I went in 1993 on the Tech Rome travel study program. I recently got out my “Journal” of that experience. What an experience that was, I remember him telling us, students of drawing and painting classes, that we should not only record facts, names and dates but how we felt, what we thought about the experience. What a treasure that is, it brings back memories of how encouraging Mr. Painter was. I found an illustration that he did for me about how to draw a hand and foot, while we were waiting for the Pope John Paul II to arrive! I still “journal,” I’m 77 years old and tomorrow I will be giving a program about drawing and “journaling” in the way that Mr. Painter taught me.

Jeff Pike

August 4, 2015

I have always heard great things about this former professor at Tech in the civil engineering program. I wish comfort for his family and friends.

Gary Payne

August 3, 2015

Circus Fans Association of America salutes Jack Painter, our Past President, and a good friend to any circus or circus fan. A gentleman and a gentle man, who made a difference to all of us. We knew when he was absent at our recent convention that something was wrong. We will miss you Jack. We hope that flags flutter in the breeze above a beautiful big top on a grassy lot with a straw house. Please arrow the route for us Jack and we'll see you again down the road!

July 31, 2015

Jack was such a good friend. We emailed not long ago. It was my privilege to be on the Tech Rome faculty when he was director. He was very thoughtful and gracious. Wonderful memories.
June Dyson , Ruston LA

Woodie Flowers

July 31, 2015

Jack Painter was an amazing person. Even in 1964 when I first took a class from him, he was teaching as we now know it should be done. Engineer, entertainer, and good citizen. Jack Painter was a renaissance man archetype. I was lucky to have known him.

Dovie Belmont

July 31, 2015

Mr. Painter is a one of a kind!! He had the warmest spirit!! I have always thought that he was truly a Renaissance Man!! Rest In Peace, Mr. Painter!!

July 31, 2015

There are no words that can express the love Jack had for his family, and his family had for him.
The happiness of his Mother and Sister was his priority until their passing.
Jack never met a stranger and his trade mark was giving away Two Dollar Bills .
He had so much compassion for others and was always there to talk to you, give you comfort or just listen to your problems.
In later years, when he moved to New Bern, his two nieces Kelly and Sheri and his nephew Wayne had so many wonderful times together and they always looked out for each other.
Our heart and prayers go out to Sheri and Wayne. We pray that their grieving will pass quickly and their wonderful memories of him will take over and give them comfort.
We will miss you so much. Rest In Peace Uncle Jack.
LaBinda & Bobby Taylor North Chesterfield VA.

Chris Stone

July 31, 2015

I met Jack at the age of 6 and I am now 64. He was a life long family friend. He taught me how to walk the tight-wire, juggle, rolla-rolla, and ride a unicycle. I have fond memories of Sunday's and special occasions when Jack would spend time with my family. Although he will be missed, he will remain in my heart forever. The Great Timberlake has followed the arrows to The Greatest Show of All. With Love, Chris and Kathy Stone

Donny Crowe

July 30, 2015

I will be forever grateful to Jack Painter for leading me on six trips to Rome and other parts of Europe. His love for teaching and introducing others to a different part of the world was a life changing experience for a young man twenty nine years ago. Again, thank you Jack Painter.
Donny Crowe

Rick Shaw

July 30, 2015

One of those men you meet in your life that you never forget. Was a student of his in the late '60's and will always be grateful for his patience with me and his passion to transfer his knowledge. Rest in the eternal peace that you have earned and so deserve