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Kate Bumpass Painter

Posted By Hall-Wynne On March 29, 2013 @ 12:00 am In Obituaries | No Comments

DURHAM: In the early morning hours of Good Friday, the loving hand of God reached down and took one of his very special angels home. Kate Bumpass Painter joined the love of her life, Lawrence Elwood Painter, just 5 days after reaching her 97th year. 10 plus years of dementia had taken its toll, and her frail body was unable to hold to this earthly life any longer. She was predeceased by her parents, Felix O. and Bertha Whitfield Bumpass, brother James Otey Bumpass, and sister Odell Bumpass Wheeler, and seven half-brothers and sisters. They all grew up on a farm in northern Granville County near Virgilina, VA. And though it was a hard life in many ways, in her years of dementia, she often longed for “home.”
Kate was a loving, gentle, caring lady who was often busy doing for her children, church and community. Besides being a cub scout den mother for many years, she found time to teach Sunday school, be financial secretary of her church home more than 20 years, be an active member of Home Demonstration clubs, secretary of the local Grange, hold offices in the Durham Exchangette Club, and still find time to participate in school activities of her three children. All this, while supporting her husband in his many civic and business projects. Since all this didn’t constitute a “fulltime” job; her days were filled with all the canning, cooking and freezing needed to feed a growing family and any hungry folk that happened along. These many wonderful traits earned her the title of Mother of the Year when nominated by her daughters-in-law.
She will be missed by her daughter, Patricia E. Painter, son Donald L. and wife, Ann J. Painter and son, Thomas E. and wife, Sue Y. Painter. Also missing her gentle ways will be her grandchildren, Doug Painter, Thomas Pam Painter, Denise John Sumner, Todd Pattie King, Wanda Jerry Honeycutt, Robert Jennifer Painter, Laura Kevin Kalinowski and Kevin Chelsea Painter, and 16 great grandchildren. Also missing her are numerous nieces and nephews, as well as great nieces and nephews. Her special caregivers who became family to her were Annette Faries, Lynne Penny and Sherry Tart.
Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Tuesday in Duke’s Chapel United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Dr. Milton Gilbert, special friend, officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. Friends may visit 5-8 PM Monday at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. Pallbearers will be grandsons, Doug, Thomas, Rob and Kevin Painter, Todd King and John Sumner. Memorial gifts may be made to Duke’s Chapel Church or Duke HomeCare & Hospice.

Condolences for the family of “Kate Bumpass Painter”

Condolence from Sandy and Lonnie Weaver on March 30th, 2013 12:00 am

We are so sorry for your loss! She was a very special lady! I, Sandy, had her for a Sunday School teacher in the Junior Girls at Duke’s Chapel United Methodist many years ago. I remember fondly enjoying her as a teacher and also the many Sunday School Christmas parties at her home. We share the good memories and remember her with our love and prayers for her family. God Bless!
Always our love,
Lonnie and Sandy Weaver

Condolence from Kent Fletcher on March 30th, 2013 12:00 am

I never recall a time in my life that I did not know Kate. As a child my very first impressions of Kate was that she was an extremely nice person and always dressed and looked so nice. Over the six decades I was blessed to know Kate my first impressions were proven accurate.

Pat, Don and Tommy were blessed to have Kate as their Mother. They showed it through their lives and the love and care given her. While there never seems to be enough time to have the ones we love,97 years, mostly good ones, is indeed a blessing.

To all of Kate’s family,may God continue to bless and uphold you through this difficult time. You remain in my prayers.

Condolence from CIndy on April 1st, 2013 12:00 am

I only met her once, but her humor and love for others shone through. She was a blessing to Pat, and all the rest of her wonderful family. Pat, I love you!

Condolence from Warren Mercer on April 1st, 2013 12:00 am

I’m very sorry to hear of your loss Tom. I know what it’s like to lose a Mother and my deepest sympathies go out to you and your Family.

Condolence from Deborah Mullins, Carl Perkins on April 1st, 2013 12:00 am

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Condolence from Judy Thorpe on June 2nd, 2013 12:00 am

Few things in life will ever affect us more deeply than the death of a loved one. Afterwards, you may have to be contending with a range of emotions that you never before experienced. Death affects each person differently. Indeed, the Bible says that “each one” has “his own plague & his own pain.”2 Chron. 6:29 Crying is not a sign of weakness. Even such strong men as Abraham, Joseph, David, & Jesus shed tears when they were grieving.- Gen. 23:2; Gen. 50:1; 2 Samuel 1:11,12; Samuel 18:33; John 11:35. Grief can be like waves that crashed ashore at unexpected moments. This is normal—even if it occurs years after your loved ones death. Don’t hold back the tears! Crying helps ease the pain of grief. People grief in different ways. The important thing is this: If you feel tears welling up, realize that it may be “ A time to weep” Ecc. 3:4

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