County leader Edridge Painter has died

Melton Funeral Home in Sylva Thursday announced the passing of Jackson County business and civic leader Eldridge Painter who had served as a Jackson County Commissioner and a term as Chairman of the Board of Commisisoners. He had also servied on the Harris Regional hospital Board, as a Sylva Town Alderman, The Airport Authority and the NC Aeronautics Council, Mountain Trace Board, and numerous other positions.  The Funeral will be at Melton Funeral Home on Saturday at 2:00 p-m. The family will receive friends Friday night from 6-8 p.m. at the Funeral Home.