Obituary for William T. Painter “Tommy”

William Thomas “Tommy” Painter, 58, passed away on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at his home in Berryville, Virginia due to a massive heart attack.

Tommy was born January 10, 1953 in Winchester, Virginia the beloved son of the late Anne Thomas Howell Painter and Earl William “Tater” Painter of Berryville.

He was a 1972 graduate of Clarke County High School and then attended Dowell J. Howard for training as a metal fabricator. He was best known as the owner of Body Art Tattoo Studio in Berryville where he was a Master Tattoo Artist. With his extensive experience in the tattoo industry, having tattooed since 1976, Tommy served on a panel to help the State of Virginia establish their current safety regulations relative to tattooing and body piercing.

He was a member of Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church; National Tattoo Association; a founding member of The Alliance of Professional Tattooists; Clarke County Historical Society; NRA; and The Barns of Rose Hill. He is and always will be remembered in the community as a man of fellowship and kindness.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon McCarty-Painter; a son, Jason Thomas McCarty of Berryville, VA; three grandchildren, Samantha Elaine McCarty, Zachary Thomas McCarty and Camden Alexander McCarty; a brother, Michael Lee Painter of Paris, VA; and an uncle, Walter W. Painter of Charles Town, WV.

A funeral service will be held 11:00 A. M. Monday, September 19, 2011 at the Enders & Shirley Funeral Home Chapel, Berryville, with Rev. William K. Dawson officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery, Berryville.

Pallbearers will be Thornton Holt, Todd Garver, Joe Johns, Mike Siderio, Jason Vance and Kirby DeHaven. Honorary pallbearers will be Chris Longo, Jerry Reigger and Jake Cooley.

The family will welcome friends from 7:00 – 9:00 P. M. Sunday evening at the funeral home.

Tommy’s love for flowers will be much appreciated by the family or donations, encouraged by Tommy, may be made in his memory to Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church Youth Ministry, 210 E. Main Street, Berryville, VA 22611.

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    • Tommy will truly be missed. He always managed to make you smile no matter what kind of day you were having. RIP ” To Live in the HEARTS of those left behind is not to die”

  2. Brian McClemens says:

    What a Great Christian.. I will Miss You Tommy !! Prayers and Thoughts to all His Family and Friends !!

  3. Wow!….I bet your a fine individual to give someone a “thumbs down” for someone’s obituary. May you have a blessed day!…(Because you need it!)

  4. My thoughts and prayers go out to Tommy’s family. He was a great guy and never knew a stranger. RIP Tommy!