John Thomas Crain

November 1, 1922March 19, 2013

CRAIN, John Thomas Age 90. Died in Nashville on March 19, 2013 of natural causes. Born in Nashville, TN on November 1, 1922. Mr. Crain was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Helen Strowd Crain; his father, John Egbert Crain; his mother, Marie Smith Crain; his sister, Rose Marie White; his brother, Samuel L. Crain; his son, John Thomas "Tommy" Crain; his granddaughter, Ella Helen Crain. He is survived by his children, Sherry (James) Arledge, Billy (Sandy) Crain; his daughter-in-law, Melissa Crain; seven grandchildren; five great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Mr. Crain attended Duncan School in Nashville and Georgia School of Technology in Atlanta, GA where he studied Architectural Design and Engineering and was a member of Chi Phi fraternity. Upon leaving college, he entered into the Air Force where he was a Lieutenant and an Intelligence Officer serving in the Pacific during World War II. He was awarded four bronze stars for his service to his country. Mr. Crain went to work for his father at J.E. Crain Contractor in 1950. When he retired in 1986, he had taken J.E. Crain & Son from a home building business to one of the city's most well-known commercial construction companies. J.E. Crain & Son built the very first Quonset hut in Nashville and the first Shoney's restaurant in Nashville. Mr. Crain was a jazz aficionado and collector of jazz music and his love for music was no more evident than both of his sons becoming talented, internationally known musicians. Mr. Crain and his wife, Helen, loved to travel and were able to travel around the world after he retired. He loved his orange Mercedes convertible, his men's bridge club and every kind of gadget, especially cameras. He was a longtime member of St. George's Episcopal Church, the City Club of Nashville and Belle Meade Country Club where he enjoyed many years on the golf course. The family would like to thank with sincere gratitude his longtime caregivers, George Walker and Mary Groves. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. George's Episcopal Church in Nashville, TN; St. Jude Children's Research Hospital ; or the charity of your choice . The service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, March 22, 2013 at St. George's Episcopal Church, 4715 Harding Road, Nashville, TN 37205. A private burial for the family will follow. Visitation will be at St. George's prior to the service starting at 10:30 am. Arrangements by WOODLAWN-ROESCH-PATTON FUNERAL HOME & MEMORIAL PARK, (615) 383-4754


  • Memorial Service Friday, March 22, 2013

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March 26, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all as you mourn the loss of both parents.

Hadeous & Joerina Marshall
Kemonte, Kaiden, and Donaven

Ann (Harwell) Wells

March 23, 2013

Sherry -- I am sad about your father's death and your mother's death, and that you and your family have had both their deaths occur so close together. I knew your mother first when I was a Theta at Vanderbilt. She was very helpful in so many ways throughout all those times, and always friendly and so very likable. She was a delightful and wise person.
Also, I remember her from your time at Ensworth, so long ago, yet so memorable, and of course I remember you from those days, such happy times with so many fine young people. You were a bright girl, and a wonderful person, and I'm sure you still are. Your parents must have been so proud of you. Please know that I am thinking of you and your family at this sad time.
With deepest sympathy, I am, Sincerely, Ann Harwell Wells

March 22, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers to the Crain family during your great loss. Clara & Woody Martin

March 22, 2013

To the Crain Family-

I was sorry to here about your Father. I had met Mr. Crain a few times but my connection with him was through hearing my mother Frances Tisdale speak of him and my father, Tom Tisdale, Sr.
As I recall, Tom Crain and Tom Tisdale were good friends and they spent summers together working for Crain Construction. This would have been in the 1930's.
Somehow, they both attended Georgia Tech.
My mother and father are gone, but I know they would want me to send condolences.
Tom Tisdale

Rose Marie Crain White

March 22, 2013

RIP uncle Tom, a good man with many talents,God Bless Billy & Sherry & grandchildren for their loss.

March 22, 2013

Dear Sherry,
I am so sorry to hear about your dad's passing. My prayers are with you and your family.
Diane Ellis

March 21, 2013

Dear Sherry, Billy, Melissa and all the Crain family:
My thoughts and prayers are with you as you mourn yet another loss in the family. May you find comfort in all the warm memories you shared together.
Our hope is in the Lord who comforts us.
Linda Pellegrini

Rick Gutierrez

March 21, 2013

Billy and Sandy, sorry for the loss of your father and father in law. It is apparent he led a full life and was loved by many, and blessed by God.

Our hearts are with you;

Uncle Rick and Aunt Di

Diane Allison

March 21, 2013

Billy, Sherry, Melissa and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you. May you be comforted by sweet memories of your dad, mom and Tommy. Knowing the grief of losing both parents and a brother, my heart goes out to you! May God Bless you and may you feel His Loving presence surrounding you and your families.
Diane and Mike Allison

DeLane Califf

March 21, 2013

Billy, So sorry to hear of your loss. Your Hillsboro friends are mourning with you. My thoughts and prayers will be with you during these sad days.