Joseph Ervin Lain (Joe) was born to Craven and Eudell Carlock Lain on May 16, 1934 in Cleburne, TX. He met His heavenly Father on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 @ 8:25am at his Glen Rose home surrounded by his family. He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother George Lain.
He is survived by his wife Daphne Strickland Lain of 68 years, his siblings, Joyce Lain McCurdy and Peggy Lain Bryant; his children John (Sylvia) Lain, Ken (Debbie) Lain, Debbie Botkin (Stan) Parker and Joe (Kristina) Lain. Surviving grandchildren, Shawn (Roxanne) Lain, Kyle (Christina) Botkin, Jacob (Sarah) Lain, Katie Lain and Courtney Lain. Great grandchildren, include Axton, Tynison, Corbin and Deacon Lain; Elisabeth, Teddy, Joe and Georgiana (Gigi) Botkin; Brodie and Jack Lain.
Joe Lain was raised in Goat Neck, Texas on his parent’s farm. At the age of 16, he left home to work for Taylor Exploration. Joe was an oil field man from his early days and spent the majority of his career working for Standard Oil (later Amoco production). Daphne and Joe settled in Harlingen, TX in 1964 where they raised their four children. He retired from Amoco in 1989 and went to work for Citation Oil, retiring officially in 1997. Joe always made time for his love of fishing and could often be found at his favorite fishing hole in Port Mansfield. He was an active member of the Harlingen Beef Club and served as their main cook. In his free time, he coached Little League and supervised his children’s many FFA livestock endeavors. Joe worked to create and later served as a director of the Harlingen/Rio Hondo water district. Joe became a deacon at New Hope Baptist Church in 1999, where he was a lifelong member. Joe came to know the Lord at an early age and loved spending time reading his Bible each morning. In his retirement, Joe and Daphne moved to Glen Rose. Joe liked to keep busy and could be found most mornings having coffee with friends or working at the Creation Museum. He restored several antique cars and took up wood working. He gifted many with clocks, pen/pencil sets and rolling pins lovingly known as Noggin Knockers. Joe was known for his quick wit, his funny sayings, his famous fish fries, breakfast tacos and BBQ chicken. He loved to tinker and was forever fixing things with his favorite tool “yackum pucky”.
Joe leaves behind a loving family and a multitude of friends.
Visitation will be held this Thursday, November 4th from 6-8 pm at Crosier-Pearson Cleburne Funeral Home Cleburne, TX. The funeral service will be Friday, November 5th at 10am at Crosier-Pearson Cleburne Chapel followed by a graveside service at the Baker-Lain cemetery.
Pallbearers: John, Ken and Joe Lain; Shawn and Jacob Lain; Kyle Botkin
Honorary Pallbearers: Daniel Jacobs, Curtis Rives, Stan Parker, Ed Pollock, Dennis Reynolds and Chris Paulsen
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Gabriel’s Hospice & Palliative Care 1313 College Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76104.