Gerald Eugene ‘Eagle’ Cain

Gerald Eugene ‘Eagle’ Cain

Gerald Eugene “Eagle” Cain, 90, of Anna, died Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, at 2:07 p.m. at his home.

He was born on Nov. 6, 1925, in Effingham, the son of William Alva and Gladys Hummel Cain.

He married Evelyn Smith on Sept. 7, 1947, near Jonesboro. She preceded him in death on Aug. 21, 2006.

He is survived by his son, Collin Cain of Ware; a daughter and son-in-law, Beverly and Kenton Earnhart of Dongola; four grandchildren, John (Stacy) Earnhart, Justin (Lori) Earnhart, Abraham Cain and Starla Cain; four great-grandchildren, Nicole, Alyssa and Lauren Earnhart and Abrinna Cain; numerous nieces and nephews; cousins; special caregivers; other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Evelyn Cain; one son, Hugh Cain; one daughter, Crystal Cain; one brother, Earl Cain; and four sisters, Helen, Thelma, Catherine and Mary.

He had a great love for God, his church and his family. He was a member, deacon and Sunday School teacher at Beech Grove Baptist Church for many years. He was a graduate of Wolf Lake High School.

He was an avid hunter, a member of Ducks Unlimited, and the founder and owner of Grassy Lake Hunting Club, where he spent decades guiding, hunting and enjoying the many friendships that he built over the years. He especially loved hunting with the Wounded Warriors and country singer John Anderson and many others who hunted at Grassy Lake.

He also had a lifelong love of horses and horseback riding. He was a member of the Union County Saddle Club and always looked forward to the annual Nine Day Trail Ride.

He was an avid SIU Salukis basketball fan and regularly attended their games for many years. His generosity spread over many local organizations, including being the first executive level investor in the Union County CEO Program (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities) for local high school students.

Funeral services for Mr. Cain were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna, with Pastor Gerrell Ray Cain and Pastor Tony Foeller officiating. Interment was in the Anna City Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to the Carmi Baptist Children’s Home.

To leave online condolences for the family, visit

Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna was in charge of arrangements.

The Gazette-Democrat

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