John Durbon Crain

Born in Stewart County, TN on February 24, 1915

Departed on May 26, 2016 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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John Durbon Crain,  age 101 of Hendersonville, son of George Smith Crain and Lela Sullivan Keel Crain,  passed away on May 26, 2016 at his residence. He was born in Stewart County, TN February 24, 1915.  Preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Mary Frances McKee Crain. Survived by 3 daughters Ila Frances Long (Skip), Mary Lois Suffridge of Hendersonville,  Janyce Forehand (Mike) of Kokomo, IN and one son Roy E. Crain of Hendersonville. Five grandchildren: Kelly Marie Long Magill, Nashville;  Dana Michelle Forehand Beene (Donnie), Noblesville, IN;  James Scott Lamberson (Bebe), Virginia Beach, VA; Christopher Lee Lamberson (Melanie) Knoxville;  Drew Michael Forehand (Amanda) Gahanna, OH. Great-grandchildren:  Ian Caleb Dearborn Kiernon, Nashville;  Jacob Evan Beene, Allison Rose Beene, Noblesville, IN;  Adam Lee Lamberson,  Christopher Kayden Lamberson, Tia Cheyenne Boruff, Knoxville;  Connor  Michael Forehand,  Kegan Ryan Forehand, Coen Jake Forehand and Liam Declin Forehand of Gahanna, OH.

Durbon was a man who loved and was devoted to his family as a young boy and also as an adult.   He put his family first and spent his personal time involved with his wife and children. His love of extended family was evidenced by attending immediate family reunions and National Crain reunions.

Durbon and his wife, Mary, shared a hobby of genealogy research of the families Crain, Keel, Carson and McKee.  They published 4 books on these families which are on file at TN State and local County Archives.

His love of music led him to take ukulele  and Hawaiian guitar lessons as a young man and he played with the Amoa Islanders band.

He worked for Nashville Dental Inc. as the tooth department manager for over 51 years.

He served his country in World War II as a Private First Class with Company F, 359th Infantry Regiment and the 90th. Infantry Division of General George S. Patton’s Third Army.  He participated in four major battle campaigns of northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe during 1944 and 1945.

Remains rest at Cole & Garrett Funeral Home, Goodlettsville. Visitation 4-8 PM Sun May 29; Celebration of Life service will be led by  Sellers S. Crain, Jr. Mon May 30 at 10:00 preceded by 1 hour visitation. Interment at Bethlehem Cemetery in Lebanon, TN at 2:00.

Pall bearers:  Chris Lamberson, Drew Forehand, Adam Lamberson, Caleb Kiernon, Donnie Beene and Jacob Beene

7 Comments to Mr. John Durbon Crain

  1. Angie Crain Medina (Daughter - Donald W. Crain, Sr.)
    May 28, 2016 9:09 am

    Uncle Durbon was such a wonderful man – always with a smile on his face and a hug to share! I am saddened by his passing, but what a heritage he leaves all of us “Crain” decendents. Ila, Lois, Janyce, Roy and families please know you are in our thots and prayers! ♡

  2. The Roberts
    May 28, 2016 1:55 pm

    Mr. Crain was the second neighbor we met when we moved into our house. The first neighbor we met wasn’t very nice but Mr. Crain assured me not everyone was like the first neighbor. He was right.

    We didn’t not get a chance to get to know Mrs. Crain but we sure loved Mr. Crain. He was the kindest most caring man. He took an interest in our children and they adored him. He encouraged them, wanted to know what was going on in their lives and even tried to give our daughter a green thumb by sharing his gardening secrets.

    He was the most wonderful neighbor for 20 years. We were honored to have him in our lives, he will be missed. Our prayers go out to Roy and the whole family.

  3. Nicole Burgess
    May 29, 2016 5:47 pm

    Brother Durbon was a child of God and a great man! Bro. Durbon and I shared many stories….more he than I! He loved to talk about his family. He was so proud of them all! Bro. Durbon had a heart of gold and I will forever be thankful for all of our quality talks and having him as my friend! He will be missed. All heroes are! My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to his children Ila, Jaynce, Lois, and Roy. To Kelly….you meant the world to him.

  4. James S. Lamberson
    May 29, 2016 7:07 pm

    A life well lived, long and fruitful, is all any of us can aspire to accomplish. Granddaddy achieved that goal with aplomb, his character and dignity, resolute and unwavering, with honor and respect for all, served as a beacon by which so many of us have steered our own courses. As the poet Dylan Thomas suggested, he “did not go gentle into that good night”, and we all were the richer for it.
    It is with deepest regrets that I am not there to morn with and to celebrate his existence with the greatest wealth of his life, his family. As a fellow veteran I can think of no better day on the calendar to honor all that he was to us, than this day; my warmest thoughts, fondest wishes and kindest regards are with you all on this day of memorial, for our nation and for our family.

  5. Chaplain Monica Weber
    May 31, 2016 10:42 am

    You are all in my prayers, it was my privilege to serve your family at this very difficult time. May Mr. Crain rest in peace and may you all be comforted by God’s holy embrace.

    Monica Weber, Chaplain, Adoration Hospice

  6. Susan Nelson
    June 3, 2016 10:53 am

    Uncle Durbon, the last of a great generation. What a wonderful full life you had with such a loving family. You touched the lives of so many of us and for that we are greatful. We have many fond memories of years ago and will always cherish our visits with you. May you rest in peace and reunite with your parents, siblings and wife in the next part of your journey of life. Our condolences and love to all, Roy, Janice, Lois and Ila. Sue & Bud Nelson

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