Mr. Johnny Phillip “Big John” Strain of Bowdon, Ga., passed away Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. He was 53. 

Mr. Strain was born in Bowdon, Ga., on April 2, 1960, to the late Frank and Pearl Lucier Strain. He worked as a dispatcher at Heard County Concrete. 

Survivors include his wife, Missy Strain; his daughter and her husband, Tiffany and Brian Strain; his daughter Brittney Strain; his brothers and their spouses, Frankie and Carolyn Strain and Joey and Tammy Strain; his nieces and nephews, Jimmy and Kristen Strain, Jennifer Strain and Dakota Strain; his step-grandson Xander Gordon; and his future granddaughter, Lilli Gordon.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at Tyus Baptist Church with Bro. Justin Richardson and Bro. Quinnon Duncan officiating. Pallbearers will be Justin Ethridge, Andy Ethridge, Lance Ethridge, Bobby Bounds, Michael Brown, Richard Yates, Jeremy Wright, Tony Ertzberger, Steven Huckebea and Rodney Williams. The deacons of Tyus Baptist Church will be the Honorary Pallbearers. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. 

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, and then again from 6 to 8 p.m. 

Messages of condolence can be sent to the family at

Rainwater Funeral Home, Bowdon.