John Dean Crain

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John Dean Crain

Death 10 Jan 1955 (aged 73)
Burial Greenville, Greenville County, South Carolina, USA
Plot Section U
Memorial ID 9763384 · View Source
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DATE: Tuesday, January 11, 1955

Funeral services for Dr. J. Dean Crain, who died here yesterday, were to be held today at 3 p.m. at Pendleton Street Baptist Church, where he served as Pastor for 21 years.
Services were to be conducted by Dr. D.M. Rivers and Dr. A. E. Tibbs. Interment was to be in Springwood Cemetery.
Pallbearers were to be Deacons of the Church and J.B. Johns. Honorary escort was to include all Ministers, former Deacons of Pendleton Street Church, trustees of
Furman University, Dr. John L. Plyler and Dr. Julian Scarborough.
Members of Harmony Bible Class, the Men's Bible Class and Lawton Bible Class of the Church were asked to attend the services in a body.
Dr. Crain had been a Baptist Minister 44 years. He retired in 1952 and had served since in Evangelistic work. He was a trustee of Furman University and various other institutions, and had taken leading roles in affairs of the South Carolina and Southern Baptist Conventions.
Survivors include his wife: one daughter, Mrs. Henry J. Covington; one son, James W. Crain; one foster son, Dr. J.N. Holtzclaw; two brothers, Dr. E.B. Crain and J. Shade Crain, and three grandchildren.

SOURCE: Greenville News, Page 7
DATE: Wednesday, January 12, 1955


Nearly 2,000 persons attended funeral services for Dr. J. Dean Crain yesterday at Pendleton Street Baptist Church, and many others were turned away at the street when they could not even get into the hall areas.
Dr. D.M. Rivers, present Pastor, lauded the man who had served the Church 21 years as Pastor. He described Dr. Crain as a giant among men, a prince among Preachers, a builder of Churches and a champion of Christian education.
"Few men have ever made such a monumental contribution", he said. The speaker described Dr. Crain as indefatigable, earnest and wise. "We are not here to lament a defeat but to commemorate a triumph." he said.
State Evangelist James A. Howard told how Dr. Crain taught him to read at the age of 14, signed a note for college expense money and proved to be the best friend he ever had next to his parents. "We came here today to pay tribute to a great life and a great man," he said.
Dean A. E. Tibbs of Furman University, said Dr. Crain was not just a Preacher, not just an extraordinary Preacher, not an institution - but a cause."
"He leaves a memorial in salvaged lives and happy hearts," Dr. Tibbs said, "through the sharing of the good things of life."
It is not possible to fathom the mystery of death or of a great personality, he said.
Two hundred persons were in the honorary escort. The entire front of the Church was covered in flowers.
Dr. Crain died suddenly Monday at the age of 73. Interment was in Springwood cemetery.

{transcribed by Cathy Griffith}

Inscription on Tombstone:
Beloved and faithful Baptist Minister, Ordained 10/1907 - Graduate from Furman University 1910. Principa North Greenville College 1910-1912. SC Enlistment & Evangelistic
Worker 1912-1940. Pastor City View Baptist Church, Greenville 1920-1922, Park Street Baptist Church, Columbia 1922-1931, Pendleton Street Baptist Church, Greenville 1931-1952. President SC Baptist Convention 1927, 1928, 1929. First Vice President Southern Baptist Convention 1942. Member Sunday School Board South Baptist Convention 1932-1949. Trustee Furman University 1923-1954.

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