Former Crain leader passes away

Son of contractor's co-founder was president from '73 to '86

Tom Crain, one of the men who helped grow the 80-year-old construction company named after his family, died Tuesday. He was 90.

Crain was a lieutenant and an intelligence officer during World War II, serving in the Pacific theater and earning four Bronze Stars. He joined what is now Crain Construction in 1950 and was named a partner four years later. Following the death of his father, John Crain, in August of 1967, he became a proprietor of the company and was named its president in 1973.

Crain led the firm until his retirement in 1986, but remained active and visible long after. His daughter, Sherry Arledge, still works in the firm’s preconstruction department.

“Many of us remember him having a large presence in any room he entered being of tall stature and deep voice,” the company said in a statement. “His presence will be missed not only in our industry and community but in our hearts as well. “

A jazz aficionado, Crain also liked to travel the world with his late wife, Helen, and was a longtime member of both the City Club and Belle Meade Country Club.

Crain is survived by his children, Sherry Arledge and Billy Crain; his daughter-in-law, Melissa Crain; seven grandchildren, five great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Friday, March 22, at St. George’s Episcopal Church at 4715 Harding Road. Visitation will be at 10:30 a.m. and the service at 11:30. The Crain family asks that, in lieu of flowers, those wishing to show support give to St. George’s, to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or a charity of their choice.