Harold Deneen Partain (81), of White House, Tennessee passed away on March 4, 2016.
He was born to Joseph and Eva Cogdill Partain on September 20, 1934 in Herod, Illinois. He grew up in Herod and graduated from Golconda High School in Golconda, Illinois.
He married the love of his life Joyce Ann Crader, in Joliet, Illinois on November 21, 1959. During his life, he loved God, his family, the USA and life. Harold loved to laugh, do puzzles, play games and learn. Because of his little industry in southern Illinois, Harold went to Joliet, Illinois to work at Caterpillar. After a year, he began work at Weber Dairy as a home delivery man. Around this time, he joined the U.S. Army and was a proud paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne. After the military duty, he went back to work at Weber Dairy. He moved his way up into management. Years later, the dairy was brought by Prairie Farms Dairy and he became the manager of the distribution facility in Joliet, Illinois.
Harold was a member of Temple Baptist Church in White House, Tennessee. He was ordained as a deacon in 1963 at Curtis Avenue Baptist Church in Joliet, Illinois. He was a faithful Bible teacher starting at the age of 15. He served Three Rivers Baptist Association for many years in various capacities, as well as moderator and treasurer. Harold served 6 years on the Board of the Illinois State Association.
After retiring, Harold and Joyce moved to White House, Tennessee to be closer to their daughter Carol and their grandchildren. They enjoyed traveling in their camper to 49 of the 50 states. If a bridge was built, they would have pulled the camper to Hawaii. Even though a past paratrooper, Harold hated to fly and made the trip to Hawaii by plane.
During winter months, they spent their time at Bibleville Conference Grounds near McAllen, Texas. While they spent their time there, Harold would do mission trips doing construction work in Mexico at an orphanage.
Harold is survived by his wife of 56 years, Joyce Ann Crader Partain; two children, Carol (Jack) Dotson, White House, Tennessee, Jill Tackett, Marietta, Georgia; two grandchildren, Rebekah (Ryan) Ray, Lodi, California, Stephanie (Derek) Denlinger, Mount Joy, Pennsylvania; one great grandchild, Noah Ray, Lodi, California. Step grandchildren, Jacob Dotson, Nashville, Tennessee, John (Amanda) Dotson, Gallatin, Tennessee; step great grandchild, Luke Dotson, Gallatin, Tennessee; sister-in-law, Marian Partain, Saline, Michigan and several nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by his parents and one son, David D. Partain; brothers, Thomas, Charles, Allard and Bob Partain; sisters, Blanche Williams, Ida Owen, Lavern Wallace and Josie Hicks.
Visitation services will be held Sunday, March 6, 2016 between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at Cole & Garrett Funeral Home in White House, Tennessee. A funeral service will be held on Monday, March 7, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at Temple Baptist Church with visitation there one hour prior to service. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in White House, Tennessee.
Pallbearers will be Ryan Ray, Derek Denlinger, John Dotson, Jacob Dotson, Jack Dotson and Kelly Crader. Honorary pallbearers will be Mark Johnson, Mark Carroll and members of Temple Baptist Men’s Bible Class.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Temple Baptist Church of White House, Tennessee, the Salvation Army or a charity of your choice.
Arrangements by Cole & Garrett Funeral Home, 212 Hwy 76, White House, Tennessee 615-672-3936