John Clayton Strain


John Clayton Strain, 63, of Cleveland, departed this life on Saturday evening, July 17, 2021, at the Hospice of Chattanooga Care Center.

Born on June 7, 1958 in Jackson, Miss., to the late Robert Clayton and Ruth Wilson Green Strain, he moved to Cleveland from Manassas, Va., after serving seven and a half years with the USMC, to attend Tomlinson College.

A member of Turning Point Community Church, he was known as an avid collector of comics, a master of puns, a foster parent of 12 years and the loudest cheering voice at any of his children's and grandchildren's sporting events. Most importantly, he was known to love Jesus and to share His love with others.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his father and mother-in-law, William and Virginia Peters.

Left behind to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Judy Mae Peters Strain; sons: Christopher and Candice Strain and Clayton Strain; daughter, Melody Balinger; grandchildren: Kaleb, Coleman, Alana, Chloe and Ethan; sister, Susan and Klaus Sorenson; as well as several extended family members and a host of friends.

A Celebration of Life and Homegoing for John Clayton Strain will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 24, 2021, at Turning Point Community Church.

The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until the funeral hour on Saturday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to

We invite you to send a message of comfort and view the family guestbook at

Companion Funeral and Cremation Service, Cleveland Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


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