Thomas “Tom” Painter, age 74 of LaFollette, departed this life on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at the North Knoxville Medical Center. Tom was born November 18, 1945 in Columbus, Ohio to the late Paul and Ruth (Kraft) Painter. He was an English teacher at Stebbins High School in Dayton, Ohio and enjoyed his retirement at The Deerfield Lake Resort. Tom was truly a family man’s man. He loved volunteering for the Lord and was always a helping hand. Over the past ten years, his favorite places to serve were The Connection, The Shepherd’s Home, and Camp Galilee. Tom enjoyed leading worship at Deerfield’s Hanger Church.  He loved boating, golfing, and fishing with his family and friends. Tom was blessed to be a member of The Stevie and the Wonders band, playing the guitar and singing for community events and fundraisers.

Tom is survived by wife, Fran Painter of 54 years; daughters, Gretchen Tongco and husband, Wayne and Julie Truett and husband, Patrick; grandchildren, Bradley and Colleen Tongco and Ben and Megan Truett; brother, David Painter and wife, Nancy; sister, Linda Stansfield and husband, Tom; several other family members and friends.

A Celebration of Tom’s life will be held on Saturday, February 29th, 2020 at 4:00 P.M. at the New Horizon Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask that memorials be made to the Galilee Bible Camp, 586 Camp Galilee Road, LaFollette, Tennessee 37766.

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The family has entrusted the care of Thomas “Tom” Painter to Martin Wilson Funeral Home “Where families matter most”

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