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OBIT: Mr. Howard Bains

A lifelong farmer of the Hiwassie Community, Mr. Howard Bains, died peacefully at the age of 95 at 10:46 a.m. Tuesday morning October 23, 2018 at The Pavilion in South Carthage where he and his wife had made their home since being overcome by failing health.

Funeral services from the Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home in Lebanon were conducted by Mr. Bains minister Stan Stevenson and former longtime minister Freddie Clayton, The services were on Thursday afternoon October 25th at 1 p.m. Burial followed in the Bethlehem Cemetery at Tuckers Cross Roads.

Born Howard Donald Bains in Smith County on September 8, 1923, he was one of three children of the late Dan Cress “D. C.” Bains who died at the age of 76 in 1963 and Mattie Agnes Robinson Bains who died at the age of 73 in 1962.

Mr. Bains was also preceded in death by a sister, Mary Bell Bains Ray and a brother, Dan Edwin Bains.

Mr. Bains was a 1941 graduate of Carthage High School where he majored in agriculture and was a member of the Smith County Owls boxing team all four years and was a member of the Lee Society.

His wife of sixty six years was the former Lonetta Chaffin.

Mr. Bains proudly served our country with the United States Marines during World War II and was honorably discharged with the rank of Corporal at Washington, D.C. on February 16, 1944. A portion of Mr. Bains services was at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and he was trained as an infantry man and was ranked an expert rifleman and qualified with a bayonet.

While in the military he served as a field lineman and switchboard operator.

Mr. Bains was a member of the Rome Church of Christ.

Surviving in addition to his wife are their children, Pam Bains Billington and husband Tom, Phillip Bains and wife Joyce Bennett Bains all of the Hiwassie Community; sister, Sue Bains Collins and husband Ray; four grandchildren, Kristina Billington Kirby and husband Daniel, James Daniel Bains, Susan Reeder and husband Jeremy, and Julianne Thomason and husband John; six great-grandchildren, Brayden Thomas Kirby, Kendall Paige Bains, Austin Louis Kirby, Bains Hill Thomason, Boone Franklin Thomason and Hannah Elaine Reeder.