The Rev. John Crain

Mar. 15, 2014 @ 10:18 AM

Rev. John D. Crain, age 87 of Marshville, NC passed away on Thursday, March 13, 2014.
Rev. Crain was born in Taylors, South Carolina on March 11, 1927 and was the son of the late Claude and Eller Crain. He was preceded in death by a son, John Dean Crain, Jr., one brother, Rev. Homer Crain of Cowpens, SC and one sister, Mildred Crow of Pickens, SC.
Rev. Crain is survived by his wife, Julia V. Crain of Marshville, NC, one son, Michael Crain of Elgin, SC and one daughter, Michelle Crain of Marshville, NC. Five grandchildren, Julie Eastin and husband, Jeremie of Elgin, SC, Jonathan Crain and wife, Kriston of Lugoff, SC, Melissa Thomas Helms, and husband Chris of Monroe, NC, Miranda Thomas Dunn and husband C.J. of Clarksville, TN, and Mark J. Thomas of Marion, NC; Eight great-grandchildren; one brother, Donald Crain and wife, Earline of Taylors, SC, two sisters, Louise Hollifield and husband, Jack of Greer, SC and Evangeline Charping and husband, Carroll of North Myrtle Beach, SC and many nieces and nephews and their families.
Rev. Crain pastored eight churches in both North and South Carolina. He served as interim at six others. He loved His God, the church, people, his family and friends and Philadelphia Baptist Church always held a special place in his heart.
Rev. Crain also served four years in the military. He was a Staff Sergeant.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Philadelphia Baptist Church General Fund, 5709 Philadelphia Church Road, Marshville, NC 28103 or online at
The family will receive friends at Philadelphia Baptist Church, 5709 Philadelphia Church Road, Marshville, NC 28103 from 10:00 AM to 11:45 AM on Saturday, March 15, 2014
with the funeral at 12 Noon. Interment will be in the church cemetery.
Davis Funeral Service is serving the family of Rev. Crain.