Madison, TN – James Taft Strain, 67, passed away on April 16, 2018, in Murfreesboro, TN. He was born on May 17, 1950 in Bowling Green, KY, to James and Georgia Strain, the eldest of their seven children. He was a Bowling Green High School graduate, a veteran of the United States Air Force and the TN Air National Guard and retired from the United States Postal Service after 35 years of service. He was a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers and The American Legion.
Jim was a born storyteller who, as Mark Twain famously said, "Never let the truth get in the way of a good story." He would spin tall tales so much his children would quietly giggle and go along with them. He told his stories at every family gathering and more recently shared some on his webpage, Wild Tales From Warren County, where he himself owned up to being "… a writer, not a historian, my stories are meant to entertain." He certainly did entertain us, especially with his recurring "fictional" character, Bushrod Gentry.
No matter what was going on, Jim had a brilliant smile for everyone he encountered. He was always willing to help out a friend or a family member. He treasured his parents, brothers and sisters. As the oldest, he considered himself the keeper of the family history and reminded us time and again about the importance of family. Jim loved fishing and spending time outdoors with his family. He volunteered many hours promoting fishing tournaments to share that love of nature and the simple things in life with younger families. He also volunteered time teaching children history through stamp collecting.
"God gave me two children, and sent others my way to love and nurture." He is survived by those children, James Brian Strain, Catherine Strain Bryson and Angelique Fisher (Jeremy), Renee Kellum, David Baxter (Lea Ann), and Carrie Taylor. His greatest pride and source of happiness remains his grandchildren Marian, Chancellor, Ryne, Riley, Miles, Carson, Mary Jane and Lyla. His dear sisters Joy Strain and Paula Theirl (Steve), both of Bowling Green, also survive, along with numerous beloved nephews and nieces. James Strain was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Larry, David, Mike, and Gary. Graveside service and burial will be at Plano Baptist Church Cemetery on Monday April 30th at 11 am.
In lieu of flowers, we will have a fund for a bench or donate to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital or the American Stroke Association in his memory – or remember him "with a kind deed, word to someone who needs you or a random act of kindness." He would love it that way.