Gene Everette Cain

December 2, 1930January 16, 2013
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Funeral services for Gene Everette Cain, age 82, will be held Monday, January 21, 2013 at 11 a.m., in the South Chapel of George A. Smith and Sons. Interment will follow with military honors in Haywood County Memory Gard...ens in Brownsville, TN. Mr. Cain died peacefully at his residence on Wednesday, January 16, 2013. A native of Brownsville, TN, he was born on December 2, 1930, the son of the late Everett and Artie Cain. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary Lou; his children, Gene Cain (Janet) of Jackson, Jenny Jones (Billy) of Jackson, John Cain of Memphis, TN, Downing Cain (Teresa) of Jackson; grandchildren, John Everett, James and Emily Cain of Memphis, and Michael and Ethan Cain, and Brittni Thompson of Jackson, TN; a sister, Marion Thomas of Brownsville and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Jack Cain. Gene graduated from Haywood County High School in Brownsville, TN in 1949. He served 3 years in the 519th Airborne Quartermaster Company and while in service, he received the Parachute Badge, the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. After his discharge, he attended UTM until 1956 when he transferred to George Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville, and graduated in 1957 with his BS in Education. In 1959, he received his MA degree from George Peabody College. He received his Science Certification from the University of South Florida in 1964. His passion was football, and he played football in high school, college, and the service. He began his teaching career in Cullman, AL. Over the next 11 years, he coached and taught in Cullman, AL, Warner Robins, GA and Smyrna, GA. In 1968, he moved to Somerville and coached at the former Fayette County High School. In 1970, he moved to Jackson and coached at South Side High School until he became the principal at the former Vocational School in 1977. In 1982, he became the Director of Maintenance and Transportation for the Jackson Madison County School System until his retirement in 1991. After his retirement, he served on the Jackson Madison County School Board from 1996 to 2006. As a coach, he always instilled in his players a love for the game, a desire to win, and the prise and respect necessary to bounce back from defeat. Gene was an active member of Liberty Grove Baptist Church and a member of the Adult Bible Sunday School Class. The family wishes to express a special thank you to Asera Care Hospice, and the doctors and nurses at Vanderbilt Hospital. In lieu of flowers, donations or memorials may be directed to Liberty Grove Baptist Church or the South Side Quarterback Club in care of South Side High School, Jackson, TN. Pallbearers: grandsons: John Everett, Michael, James and Ethan Cain; and nephews, Marc, Bill and Chris Cain. Honorary Pallbearers will be Roy Weaver, Raybon Moore, Ray Rowan, Bradd Webb, Billy Ray Thomas and Anthony Emison. Friends may visit with the Cain Family on Sunday, January 20, 2013 from 5 - 8 p.m., in the South Chapel of George A. Smith & Sons. George A. Smith & Sons South Chapel, (731) 427-5555


  • Visitation Sunday, January 20, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, January 21, 2013
  • Visitation Monday, January 21, 2013

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Ken Williford

January 29, 2013

My prayers and sympathy to the Cain family. Coach Cain was a very special person, unselfishly providing leadership and guidance to students most all his life. I was very fortunate to play for Coach Cain. He will be remembered by many.

bob morris

January 28, 2013

This is to Jenny (Cain).... I will really miss your dad and I loved him as a coach at Fayette County High School in Somerville. My name is bob Morris. I don't know if you remember me but i think and talk about your dad often. he was a great coach and always treated me with the greatest of kindness and respect. I don't know your married name, but send it to me and i can learn about your family on Facebook. My email address is I will continue to pray for your family daily. it will get better, but it will take time. I still live in Somerville and this year celebrate my 40th wedding anniversary. i have three kids and four grandkids. Let me know how to find your family on Facebook and we can catch up on where our lives have gone since your family left Somerville. Praying for your family.

Meg McKnight

January 19, 2013

Dear Mrs Mary Lou and Family,

I'm so very sorry to hear of your loss. I will always be thankful for the warmth, encouragement, and humor that Mr. Gene shared with me. He was a very special person who made so many others feel special, too.

January 19, 2013

Coach was a good man and he will be missed.
Cindy Smrt, Dallas, TX

James Chandler

January 18, 2013

To the Cain family, you will never know the inpact your dad made on me as a young man. He took care of us just as though he was our father. He taught me how to be a respectful and productive young man. I will always be thankful for god putting Coach Cain in my life. Thanks you Mrs. Mary Lou, Gene, Jenny, John and Downing for share your dad with me and my family. God Blessed, James Chandler and family

Emily Hartnett

January 18, 2013

Dear Mary Lou,
I have just finished reading Gene's beautiful obituary and marvel at how much he was able to accomplish. Wish I could be with you on Monday, but know that you will all be together and surrounded by friends. You and your family will be in my thoughts and in my heart, dear friend and faithful wife of 60 years!

Emily Hartnett

January 18, 2013

Mary Lou,
Just read Gene's beautiful obituary and marvel at all he was able to accomplish. Wish I could come to Tennessee now, but know that you will all be together and with many friends. My thoughts and my heart are with you--faithful wife of 60 years!
Much love,

Blanche O'Bannon

January 18, 2013

Deepest sympathy to you and your family Mary Lou. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Gene was a wonderful person who will be missed by many, especially those of us who were fortunate enough to work for him. Warm regards. Blanche

January 18, 2013

I am thinking of you all. Love, Linda Haltom