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Celebrating the life of

Elmer C. (E.C.) Painter, III

Passed away on August 16, 2023

Elmer C. (E.C.) Painter, III

The family of Elmer C. Painter, III (E.C.) of Wilmington Island, Georgia is saddened to announce his passing on August 16, 2023 at the age of 67 years.

E,C. will be lovingly remembered by his wife of over forty years, Judith Gail McCrary; mother, Jean Painter; sister and brother-in-law, Susan and Scott Noakes; nephew, Alex Noakes; nieces, Emily Noakes and Amber Shahan; mother-in-law, Jackie McCrary; brother and sister-in-law, Don and Linda McCrary; and nephews Ryan and Brett McCrary. E.C. was predeceased by his loving son, Evan Painter; father, Elmer Painter, Jr; and brother, Philip Painter. 

E.C. was born in Rome, Georgia, and grew up in Valdosta before moving to Savannah in 1988.  While growing up, he enjoyed playing sports with his brother and friends, and he especially enjoyed fishing. He was a man of strong faith, and his wife and family meant everything to him.

As a retired Special Agent with the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), he was a member of the National Response team and a Certified Explosives Specialist and Fire Investigator. E.C. was involved with the investigations of the 9/11 Pentagon attack, and bombings at the Atlanta Olympics, Oklahoma City Federal Building, and the World Trade Center. He also served as an instructor at the ATF National Academy and the Georgia Public Safety Training Center. He received the Special Act or Service Award on multiple occasions for his dedication and service to the Bureau.




A candle has been lit!

Susan, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

- Connie and Randy Rudd, Savannah , Ga

A candle has been lit!

Susan, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

- Connie and Randy Rudd, Savannah , Ga

A candle has been lit!

Gail, I am so sorry to hear about E.C. He was the sweetest man and loved you so much! Sending lots of love your way.

- Karen Kee, Athens, Georgia

Gail, I am so sorry for your loss. E.C. was such sweet special man who loved you and Evan dearly. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

- Donald and LeAnne Consos, Savannah, Georgia

Gail, my heart aches for you! E.C. was a very gracious and kind man. You will be in my prayers as you begin navigating your life without him.

- Sue S Burdette, Savannah, GA

Sending my sincerest condolences, Gail.

- Pauline (Paula) Walker, Tybee Island, Georgia (GA)

Gail, I was saddened to learn of EC’s passing today from a mutual friend/colleague in Savannah. I would like to share with you some of my thoughts and memories of EC from the many years that shared in the same profession and the same Faith. Please advise an email address or mailing address if appropriate.

- Bobby Mac, St. Simons Island, GA

I had the honor and pleasure of knowing EC as a friend and colleague for over 20 years. Our careers followed the same paths so I would see EC several time a year in varied locations and situations. Some of our assignments were enjoyable and some were challenging but you could always depend on EC to have a good attitude and a kind word. He was a good agent but he was a better man. He was a devout Christian who loved his family and his Lord! The world is a lesser place without him and I will miss him.

- John Springer, Benton, LA

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel

  • A Private Service Will Be Held