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Painter, James Merimon

Painter, James Merimon

Male 1922 - 2021  (98 years)

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  • Name Painter, James Merimon  [1, 2
    Born 2 Nov 1922  Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Reference Number 29812 
    Reference Number 37970 
    Died 23 Oct 2021  [2
    Buried Cooper Cemetery, Ridgeville, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I29221  Caswell County
    Last Modified 28 Jul 2022 

    Father Painter, Cyrus Soloman,   b. 1878,   d. 19 Oct 1965  (Age 87 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Living 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F13965  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Murchison, Josephine,   d. 23 Jul 2008, Burlington, Alamance County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 6 Jun 1953  Chatham County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Reference Number 414451 
    Last Modified 28 Jul 2022 
    Family ID F11713  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 2 Nov 1922 - Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 6 Jun 1953 - Chatham County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Cooper Cemetery, Ridgeville, Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    James Merimon Painter
    James Merimon Painter
    James Merimon Painter Award

    Documents
    James Meriman Painter WWII Draft Registration Card
    James Meriman Painter WWII Draft Registration Card

  • Notes 
    • James Merimon Painter (1922-2021)

      James Merimon Painter

      James Meriman Painter WWII Draft Registration Card

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      Captions

      Veteran Outreach Liaison for Congressman Mark Walker Cory Spoor (left) and Shannon Pointer listen as 95-year-old WW-II vet James Painter recounts his experiences in the war during the Farm Bureau's recent meeting which honored Painter's service and his 95th birthday.

      Shannon Pointer hands WW-II veteran and Caswell native James Painter an American flag to honor his time spent in the service during last Monday's Farm Bureau meeting. Painter grew corn, tomatoes and other crops while stationed in Japan.

      Shannon Pointer (left) gives James Painter her thanks while presenting the 95-year-old WW-II veteran with his own American flag Monday night. Painter joked about how the dust used to cover the back of their uniforms.

      World War II veteran James Painter takes a second to recall some of his experiences during the war after being presented with an American flag and plaque commemorating his time spent in Japan. He told Farm Bureau members officers didn't want you to salute them in the field so they wouldn't be targeted by snipers.

      World War II veteran James Painter admires the plaque he received, thanking him for service, at the Farm Bureau's meeting Monday. Painter celebrated his birthday Monday. He was offered $350 month to stay and help and help grow crops for the Army in Japan once his enlistment was up, but declined.

      The Caswell Farm Bureau presented James Painter with a plaque, honoring him for his service in World War II during Monday's meeting.
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      James Merimon Painter

      1922-2021

      World War II veteran and long-time Prospect Hill farmer James Merimon Painter died on Saturday, October 23, a few days shy of his 99th birthday. He was born on November 2, 1922, to Cyrus Solomon Painter and Minnie Oakley Painter. He came of age during the Great Depression, and learned his work ethic by helping his father on the farm, back in the days when mules pulled the plow.

      Mr. Painter answered his country's call during World War II, serving in the United States Navy in the Pacific Theatre. Due to his experience as a farmer back home, he was selected to help start a "farming unit" on the Japanese Island of Tinian (one of the Mariana Islands), growing food for the American troops. He was badly injured when a land mine exploded under his tractor while he was raking sugar cane (joking that it was "a waste of a perfectly good tractor"), and was grazed by sniper fire.

      Mr. Painter was an incidental eyewitness to several pivotal points in American history while he was serving. When the USS Indianapolis docked at Tinian Island carrying its top-secret cargo (vital components to make the first atomic bomb that would eventually be dropped on Hiroshima), he was there. A few days later, he watched the ill-fated Indianapolis depart Tinian and vanish over the horizon. Also, Mr. Painter recalled chatting with the pilot of the B-29 bomber "Enola Gay" as the bomb was being loaded on the plane.

      After the war was won, Mr. Painter returned to the farm in Prospect Hill and resumed his lengthy career raising predominantly beef cattle and grain, retiring in 2013 at the age of 91.

      He was married to Josephine (Jo) Murchison on June 6, 1953. They were happily married for 55 years.

      Mr. Painter was very active in the community, especially in farm-related causes. He was a long-time member of the Caswell County Farm Bureau, acting as president of that organization for 17 years. He served on the NC Farm Bureau Federation Board for 23 years, and was named Caswell County "Cattleman of the Year" in 1975 as well as the Soil and Water Conservation Farm Family of 1979.

      He was an advisor on the Caswell Vocational Commission Services committee and the Caswell Civic Center committee. Mr. Painter served as a board member of the Warren Memorial Clinic from planning to closing, was chairman of the Northern Piedmont Area Development Association, and was a board member of Orange-Chatham Health Services Inc. for 13 years.

      Mr. Painter was a charter member of the American Legion Post 447 of Prospect Hill, with 71 years of continuous membership. He was a life-long member of Bethel United Methodist Church, serving in various committees (finance, lay leader, trustee). He also served as board secretary to the Prospect Hill Volunteer Fire Department.

      At age 97, despite great physical infirmity, he stood for his community one more time by speaking out at a public hearing against an unwanted rock quarry coming into Prospect Hill.

      He was predeceased by his wife of 55 years, his parents, his brother Carl Painter, and his sisters Lucy Mae Painter Talley, Lois Painter Cooper, and Edith Painter Pleasant. He is survived by loving nieces and nephews.

      Those wishing to pay their respects, may do so from 10 AM-4 PM Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at the Brooks & White Funeral Home in Roxboro. A graveside service will be held at Cooper Cemetery in Prospect Hill on Wednesday, October 27 at 10 a.m.

      Memorials may be made to the Prospect Hill Volunteer Fire Department (11621 NC-86 South, Prospect Hill, NC 27314) or American Legion Post #447 of Prospect Hill, atten: David Kirby, 436 Carver Road, Prospect Hill, NC 27314.

      The family is grateful for the services of Brooks & White Funeral Home.

  • Sources 
    1. Details: Obituary of Edith Painter Pleasant (c.1920-2009) (The Caswell Messenger, 21 April 2009).

    2. Details: Obituary of James Merimon Painter (1922-2021) (The Caswell Messenger, 26 October 2021).