|Birth: ||Mar. 29, 1863|
|Death: ||Feb. 12, 1934|
Taken from minutes of the Caroline Baptist Association and a Report of Committee on R. P. Bain Memorial
Rev. R. P. Bain was a household name over a large part of Arkansas. He was born Robert Price Bain in Sharp County, Arkansas, 18 miles from Batesville. His father was James Bain of the state of Virginia and his mother was Margaret Andrews Bain of North Carolina. Out of eleven children he was the baby of the family.
Brother Bain was baptized at Mt. View Baptist church in Sharp County at the age of fifteen. He was married to Miss Martha Dawson of Sharp County in 1883 and to his union was born four children. Two children Rodolph and Mrs. Veasey Bain Robertson, together with his wife, survive him. Brother Bain was a devoted husband and a wise and provident father.
He was licensed to preach at 18 years of age by his old home church Mt. View, and was ordained in 1883. Brother Bain was without college and Seminary training, but being possessed of a keen mind and a craving for knowledge he drew himself thoroughly abreast of his times and enjoyed an unusually extensive and successful ministry. As a preacher Brother Bain was a unique character: absolutely guileless, and fearless, but as tender as a woman. One of his first pastorates was that of his old home church Mt. View where he had been converted, licensed and ordained. In those early years he was pastor not only at Mt. View, but at Bow Springs, Cedar Grove, Sulphur Rock, New Hope, Smithville, Coffeytown, Ring's Chapel, Union, Jerusalem and Centreville. In 1896 Brother Bain was called to be pastor at Wynne, Arkansas, where he gave four years of highly profitable service. In 1900 he was called to Lonoke, Arkansas, and served well in that pastorate for five years. At the expiration of the Lonoke pastorate he accepted the position of Missionary for Caroline Association which position he held for twelve years. During these twelve years he traveled 70,896 miles, preached 3,333 sermons, witnessed 1245 professions of faith, visited 12,365 homes, organized 11 churches, built 11 meeting houses and organized 24 Sunday Schools. He resigned as Missionary in 1917, and since that time has been pastor at Coy, Bald Knob, Hazen, DeVall's Bluff, Biscoe, Cotton Plant, Cabot, Pleasant Valley, New Hope, Ward, Old Austin and McCrory. In fact, he kept up his ministerial labors as long as he could move one foot past the other. In his last days nothing rejoiced him more than to tell of the labors of his life and how the Lord had blessed him. In one meeting in Lawrence County the Lord had given him 149 converts. Back in the nineties he had received nearly one hundred at Ward. He baptized 92 people at one time in a meeting in White County while he was a Missionary.
Brother Bain was one of the old Baptist wheel-horses of Arkansas. He was a preacher of the Gospel for 45 years and for 50 years was a messenger of his church to his Association. In all the fifty years he missed only one session. Brother Bain was noted for his mother-wit and quaint humor, which was so much a part of him by nature that it stayed with him to his last breath. He had a faculty for sizing up situations and for describing and illustrating them in his own way. His advice to preachers was: "Preach plainly and simply – hide the outline." It was said no man in this section of the state is known among Baptist like Bro. Bain, and no man is loved and respected more. We shall honor him as the old Wheel-Horse of the Baptists of the Caroline Association. Perhaps Brother Bain's highest mark in glory is that in his day he had part in the constitutions of more than 60 Baptist churches. We shall not again see the like of him soon.
Martha Malinda Dawson Bain (1865 - 1937)
Rodolph Pendleton Bain (1886 - 1969)*
Veasey Estelle Bain Robertson (1893 - 1985)*
Fay Bain (1894 - 1912)*
Lloyd D Bain (1897 - 1898)*
Created by: Janice
Record added: Jan 19, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 33067021