Clarence E. "Hank" Painter

November 22, 1926 ~ January 30, 2022 (age 95)


    Clarence Edwin "Hank" Painter, 95, of Sandy Hook, Ky, formerly of Cross Lanes, WV, died at his home Sunday, January 30, 2022.

    Born November 22, 1926 in Bramwell, WV, he was the son of the late John Samuel and Helen Shupe Painter. 

    Clarence graduated from Bramwell High School in 1944 and enlisted in the Army Air Force. He was a veteran of WWII. After serving, Clarence attended Concord College in Athens, WV where he graduated in 1952 with a Bachelor of Business in Accounting. While attending Concord College he met Margie Smith. Clarence and Margie married in 1954 and moved to Charleston, WV where they started a family as he continued his career. He retired in 1987 as Accountant and Office Manager for Occidental Petroleum Corporation at Belle, WV.

    Clarence was a sports enthusiast, in high school he played football and basketball. Clarence loved to tell the story of how he played offense and defense for two games in a row and was so exhausted he had to be carried from the field. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt with his brothers, friends, and in later years his grandson, Wesley. Clarence never met a stranger and was always smiling and joking.

    Upon retirement, he took up golf and volunteered at Scarlet Oaks Country Club in Poca WV and Hidden Cove in Grayson, KY. Clarence spent many happy days playing golf and looking for golf balls. He was a long time member of E.K. Perrow Presbyterian Church in Cross Lanes, WV. 

    Clarence enjoyed woodworking and fashioned many pieces that adorn the homes of his family members. After moving to Sandy Hook, Clarence became an enthusiastic Elliott County Lions basketball fan and was always present to cheer on the team.

    In addition to his parents, Clarence is preceded in death by his brothers, Richard Painter and Emmett Painter, and sisters Mary Helen Cornett and Jenny Lee Painter.

    Clarence's greatest joy was spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Margie. Survivors include his daughter Lisa (Gene) Brickey of Sandy Hook, KY, and his son John Painter of Newport, NC; grandchildren Wesley (Tiffany) Beachum, Blake Painter, Shelby (Ben) Robertson, Blair Painter, and Bowe (James) Green; great-grandchildren Landon Beachum, Brody Beachum, Colton Beachum, Mia Beachum, and Hank Robertson.

A private service will be observed.

    Burial will be in the Holbrook and Roe Cemetery with military rights. 

    Donations can be made to First Baptist Church of Sandy Hook, KY 41171.  

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