He was born in Coryell County, Texas, to Horace Edgar and Ruth Carroll Fain on Sept. 28, 1929, the third of seven children. He graduated from Santa Rosa High School in Santa Rosa, Texas, in 1949. He worked with his father as a beekeeper for Fain’s Honey until 1954. He served in the U.S. Army from February 1954 until January 1956.
He married Frances Schorlemmer in First Baptist Church on Sept. 1, 1956. They began their life together in Midland, Texas, before moving to Tyler. Their son, Thomas Clinger Fain, was born June 3, 1957, followed by their daughter, Janna Lynne Fain, on May 7, 1959.
Tom earned an associate’s degree in electronics from Tyler Junior College. He worked for 38 years at East Texas Oxygen and retired in 1995 as the president and general manager.
Tom was a champion for Jesus, a most loving husband, father and friend to many. He treasured spending time with loved ones. He had a great sense of humor, always ready with a joke to put people at ease and make them smile.
Tom taught hundreds of teenagers to water ski on Lake Tyler and Lake LBJ. He loved hunting and fishing with his co-workers, son, daughter and grandsons. He was an avid carpenter, making everything from picture frames and bookshelves to kitchen chopping blocks. He loved his beagles and enjoyed taking these most loyal companions with him on boat and jeep rides. He is survived by his current beagle, Rusty.
Tom loved his church families, too. He served as an active deacon at Trinity Baptist Church from 1966 to 1994 and at First Baptist Church of Llano from 1995 to the present.
He served on numerous youth mission trips and taught junior high, college and career Bible study at Trinity Baptist Church in Tyler. He taught young men’s Bible study at First Baptist Church of Llano. He served as a greeter at First Baptist Church of Llano and loved meeting everyone walking through the doors.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Horace Edgar Fain and Ruth Carroll Fain; son, Thomas Clinger Fain; sister Margie Patterson of Santa Rosa; and brother Edgar Earl Fain.
Tom is survived by his wife, Frances; daughter, Janna Fain and partner Mark McKim of Lakeway; grandson Christopher Fain and wife Amy of Beaumont; grandson David Fain of Houston; daughter-in-law, Leslie Fain of Houston; brothers Robert Charles Fain and wife Pat of Stephenville, Dewey Lee Fain and wife Erwinna of Llano; sisters June Fain Fowler of New Braunfels and Sharon Fain Offer and husband Sammy of Kingsland; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Visitation with the family is 6-8 p.m. Oct. 9 at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home, 307 E. Sandstone St. in Llano, (325) 247-4300. A celebration of his life is 2 p.m. Oct. 10 at First Baptist Church, 107 W. Luce St. in Llano.
Memorial donations for Tom may be made at www.compassion.com/donate or to First Baptist Church of Llano.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the church family and so many friends and supporters who have loved and encouraged Tom and Frances throughout their 59 years of marriage. Tom will be dearly missed by his family and friends, but we celebrate that he is now spending eternity with Jesus and has left us with a legacy of love and compassion.
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